IT Specialist Academy 2022

From Monday, May 2nd to Friday May 27th, Certiport will host the second annual IT Specialist Academy, an online professional development experience for IT educators. Get exposed to the power of Certiport’s IT Specialist certification pathway, learn from industry experts about the future of the IT industry, and get trained on how to up the IT training in your classroom.

IT Specialist Academy will feature

  • Weekly webinars featuring IT experts and educators, including curriculum and practice test experts from Certiport and experts in fields such as AI and computational thinking. Check out the full line-up below.
  • Informative blog posts on multiple topics, including IT Specialist curriculum and practice exams, tactics from other educators to sharpen your students’ IT skills, and how to prepare your students with 21st century IT skills.
  • Podcast episodes with special IT themes.

Stay tuned for the exciting month filled with IT Specialist events and news. Plus, those who attend all the live webinars will receive a professional development certificate, demonstrating the hours you spent learning and growing through IT Specialist Academy.

Webinar Topics and Schedule

IT Specialist 101: A Deep Dive into Certiport’s Newest Certification Program

New to certification or looking to expand your school’s certification offerings? Join us for a deep dive into all things IT Specialist certification with experts from Certiport. Learn about the full certification portfolio, including what new exams have been recently released!

Date: Wednesday May 4, 2022
Time: 4:00 PM ET
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Curriculum for the IT Specialist Classroom

As one of our newer programs, you may be wondering if IT Specialist certification will work for you and your students. Join us for an inside peek into the IT Specialist curriculum, and how you can integrate it into your classroom. Plus, get a peek into the IT Specialist practice test resources from CertPREP.

Date: Wednesday, May 11, 2022
Time: 4 PM ET
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Train the Trainer: Artificial Intelligence

Every day we use and interact with devices that use artificial intelligence, but to most of us the concepts of AI and machine learning are cryptic. In this session, Computer Science teacher Nora Burkhauser will present an overview of the big ideas of artificial intelligence and how AI lessons can be incorporated into your classroom. Example activities and projects will be presented along with a variety of resources and available curriculum. This will be a teaser for Nora’s CERTIFIED session happening in June.

Date: Wednesday, May 18, 2022
Time: 4 PM ET
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Computational Thinking: What Is It, Why It's Valuable, and How to Teach It

According to, computational thinking skills are increasingly critical for individuals and organizations as the use of computation becomes more central to every activity and every innovation. Join this session for a deep dive into computational thinking. Learn what it is, why it’s valuable for your students, and how you can teach this industry-demanded skillset in the classroom.

Date: Wednesday, May 25, 2022
Time: 4 PM ET
View the recording here

Don’t worry if one of the dates or times listed won’t work with your schedule. Register for the webinar and you’ll get first access to a recorded presentation to view on your own time. We can’t wait to learn with all of you!