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The Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) was founded in 1951 to provide learning and growth opportunities to data processing managers and staff through networking, chapter activities, conferences, seminars, and special interest groups.  Today, AITP offers industry leadership and opportunities for professional development and personal growth to 7,000 professional and student members.


AITP helps members grow professionally and personally through its chapters, conferences, web portal, affiliate programs, and advocacy.  Here are just a few of the benefits you receive by joining and becoming involved in AITP.

  1. Share and exchange experiences and knowledge solutions with peers.
  2. Develop a resource base of people you can call with questions.
  3. Participate in educational activities including workshops, meetings, and conferences.
  4. Meet new people, make new friends, and form friendships of a lifetime.
  5. Talk with industry leaders, one-on-one, an opportunity many of us do not have on the job.
  6. Expand your horizons with new ideas and different perspectives.
  7. Keep current with emerging technologies and techniques.
  8. Participate in real leadership opportunities in an environment that allows people to develop and hone their leadership skills.
  9. Develop new management strategies.
  10. Show your commitment to professionalism and learning.
  11. Obtain recognition for your commitment to continued learning, such as through certification and employer support.
  12. Revitalize and reenergize your own growth and development.
  13. Mentor other professional members.
  14. Influence and guide students through student chapters.
  15. Provide a voice for the future.
  16. Receive discounts on products and services.


AITP helps members grow professionally and personally.  The core of the AITP experience is the chapter network, 400 professional and student chapters throughout the country.  Chapters offer technical and managerial educational programs and provide opportunities for networking.


To supplement the chapter educational programs, AITP provides conferences at the regional and national levels.  For example, the highly acclaimed National Collegiate Conference brings more than 700 students, educators, and industry representatives annually. 


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