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Founded in 1951 as NMAA and later known as DPMA, the name AITP (Association of Information Technology Professionals) was adopted in 1996. In individual chapters and as a national association, AITP seeks to advance the IT Profession through professional development, support of IT education, and national policies on IT that improve society as a whole.

History

The year was 1951. Harry S. Truman was President of the United States. A 3 bedroom home cost $9,000.00. A new Ford listed for $1,480.00; postage was $.03; and a loaf of bread cost $.16. Joe DiMaggio retired from baseball; I Love Lucy premiered; and peace talks began in Korea.

In Chicago, a group of machine accountants got together and decided that the future was only beginning for the TAB machines they were operating. They were members of a local group called the Machine Accountants Association (MAA). The technology was new; something few people understood and managing this new technology was a skill that even fewer people possessed. The machine accountants recognized the need to form a professional support group, a national association, to address the growing issues of this new technology. Thus on December 26, 1951, after a constitutional convention was held in Chicago, the State of Illinois granted a charter and the National Machine Accountants Association (NMAA) was founded.

Groups from Houston, Columbus, Wabash Valley, the Twin Cities, Penn-Del, and 22 others were the first to join NMAA. Robert L. Jenal, systems manager for Toni Company, was elected the first International President at the 1952 First Annual Convention in Minneapolis.

In 1960, the association sponsored a meeting of educators and businessmen with the purpose of establishing the Certificate in Data Processing (CDP) professional examination program. The first CDP exam was held in 1962 in New York. 1962 was also the year that the association leaders recognized the changing nature of information processing techniques brought about by the introduction of the computer. Thus, the members decided in 1962 to adopt a more progressive name, the Data Processing Management Association (DPMA), to reflect the changing industry.

Always striving to promote the continued education of the members, the leadership of DPMA created the Registered Business Programmer (RBP) examination in 1970. Both the CDP and the RBP exams were given annually under the rules established b y the Certification Council, at test centers in colleges and universities across North America. Eventually, DPMA decided to help establish the Institute for the Certification of Computer Professionals (ICCP) to stimulate more widespread interest and industry acceptance of the examinations. ICCP began administering the CDP program in early 1974.

The association has always acknowledged the contributions of prominent professionals within the Information Technology field. Beginning in 1969 with the creation of the annual Computer Sciences Man-of-the-Year Award for outstanding contributions to the information processing industry, DPMA has established a long-standing tradition of honoring IT professionals from every aspect of the industry. This prestigious award was renamed the Distinguished Information Sciences Award in 1980 and is awarded every year at the Annual Meeting of the Members.

As the industry has evolved, so has the association. Starting as the NMAA, evolving into the DPMA, and then into our current evolution in 1996 of the ASSOCIATION of INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY PROFESSIONALS (AITP), the association has kept pace with the changing needs and interests of our members. AITP members span every level of the IT industry from mainframe systems, to micro systems, to PC based LAN and WAN systems, to virtual systems and the internet. AITP has special niches created that cater to the special interests of our members. Our members are found in every facet of society as well. They're in colleges and universities; banking; industry; retail; the armed forces; local, state and federal governments; hospitals; etc.

To learn more about the history of AITP, DPMA and NMAA search the archives of the Charles Babbage Institute Center for the History of Information Processing. You may also contact the ASSOCIATION of INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY PROFESSIONALS headquarters for more information at +1.800.224.9371.

Original Chapters

Number Chapter Region Charter Date
1 Akron  18
2 Atlanta    7              1953
3 Austin    3 8/24/1953
4 Boston Chapter  13              1960
5 Research Triangle  18
9 Central Michigan    5 12/3/1951
12 Cleveland Chapter  18 10/22/1951
13 Mile High    4 12/31/1953
14 Columbus  18 12/16/1953
18 Greater Evansville Chapter    5 10/28/1952
21 Garden State  13 6/1/1965
23 Houston Chapter    3 9/18/1952
24 Hudson-Mohawk  13 1965
25 Illowa Chapter    5 2/19/1953
26 Jackson Chapter    3 11/19/1948
27 Kansas City    4 1958
30 Los Angeles    1 1951
31 Southeast Wisconsin Chapter    5 8/24/1951
33 New York Chapter  13 1/1/1983
35 Northeastern Wisconsin    5 1961
38 Northwest    4 1961
40 Oklahoma City    3
41 Delaware  11        10/1965
43 Pittsburgh  18 1/2/1953
44 Richmond  18 11/3/1952
45 Rochester  13 5/20/1958
48 San Diego    1 10/5/1953
50 Capitol    5 5/23/1953
51 Puget Sound Chapter    2        10/1959
52 Ark-La-Tex Chapter    3
53 Southern Connecticut Chapter  13 3/31/1953
54 Southern Wisconsin Chapter    5 12/17/1953
55 St Louis Chapter    5           1/1951
61 West Michigan    5 6/26/1952
62 Wichita--The Air Capitol    4
64 Omaha    4 10/10/1953
69 Westchester Chapter  13 1/25/1954
71 Charlotte  18 1/12/1954
74 Saginaw Valley    5 5/12/1954
75 Long Island  13 5/13/1954
78 Long Beach    1 5/27/1954
83 Inland Empire Chapter    2 12/7/1954
84 Southern New England Chapter  13 2/10/1955
86 Penn-York Chapter  11 5/6/1955
87 Kanawha Valley Chapter  18 4/26/1955
89 Baltimore Chapter  11          4/1952
90 Washington  11 5/20/1955
93 New Orleans Chapter    3 5/31/1955
96 Tampa Chapter    7 5/28/1955
97 Chattanooga Chapter    7 8/17/1955
98 Nashville Chapter    7 10/1/1955
100 York-Lancaster  11 10/26/1955
101 Philadelphia  11 12/2/1955
107 Central Florida Chapter    7
111 Cornhusker Chapter    4
112 AITP Dallas    3 11/28/1956
115 Honolulu    2 12/17/1956
116 Baton Rouge    3 1/30/1957
122 Phoenix    1 3/22/1957
127 Jacksonville    7 6/11/1957
137 Chattahoochee Valley    7 6/12/1958
141 Pocono Northeast  11 7/31/1958
147 AITP Chicago    5 6/22/1959
150 Anchorage Chapter    2 3/22/1960
154 Las Vegas Chapter    1
155 Southwestern Michigan Chapter    5 6/28/1960
158 Birmingham Chapter    7 7/5/1960
159 Elmira Area  13
160 Schuylkill Valley  11 8/15/1960
169 Central Idaho Chapter    2 12/16/1960
174 San Antonio Chapter    3 4/10/1961
178 South Jersey  13 7/18/1964
184 Charleston Chapter    7 3/23/1962
195 Montgomery County  11
196 Wisconsin River Valley    5 6/29/1964
200 Sioux Empire    4 8/13/1964
201 Polk County    7 8/25/1964
207 Sheboygan Chapter    5 6/9/1965
209 Greater Wheeling  18 5/28/1965
215 Twin City Chapter    5 3/21/1966
227 Golden Spread Chapter    3 8/10/1966
230 Southwest Missouri    4
239 Cumberland Valley Chapter  11
261 Palisades Interstate Chapter
 13 3/10/1969
262 Greater San Jose    2
265 Central Valley Chapter    2 4/25/1969
286 Big Country Chapter    3 10/18/1970
288 Evergreen    2 2/22/1971
289 Ouachita Valley    3 3/18/1971
295 Tarheel Chapter  18 5/3/1971
298 North-Central Florida    7 5/1/1971
301 Northeastern Ohio  18 11/9/1971
306 Northern Virginia  11 9/25/1972
307 Hampton Roads Chapter  18 11/1/1972
309 Lehigh Valley  11 5/10/1973
326 Dulles Corridor  11 6/1/1979
334 Central Kentucky    5 2/10/1981
345 Acadiana    3 8/6/1982
357 Laurel-Hattiesburg    3 4/5/1984
368 Financial Industries Chapter  13 12/26/1986
375 California Southland Chapter    1
376 Central Dakota    4
377 Central/North Jersey  13 6/28/1995
379 Paso del Norte    3
380 Northwest Arkansas    3
381 Concho Valley    3
900 00900-Indiv. Memb. At Large    0
901 00901-Indiv. Memb. Reg. 01    1
902 00902-Indiv. Memb. Reg. 02    2
903 00903-Indiv. Memb. Reg. 03    3
904 00904-Indiv. Memb. Reg. 04    4

905 00905-Indiv. Memb. Reg. 05    5
907 00907-Indiv. Memb. Reg. 07    7
911 00911-Indiv. Memb. Reg. 11   11
913 00913-Indiv. Memb. Reg. 13   13
918 00918-Indiv. Memb. Reg. 18   18
3206 North Mississippi     7
3210 Green Country     3
4107 Northeast Missouri     4
11087 Johnstown   18
edsig EDSIG Affiliate      0

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