Founded in 1988, Telecommunications Industry Association is a leading trade association representing the global information and communications technology (ICT) industries. Based in Arlington, Va., it has about 600 member organizations and has multiple departments such as Standards and Technology, Market Intelligence, Environment, Marketing and Membership, collectively catering to various aspects of the industry. The organization also has product-oriented divisions, namely, User Premises Equipment, Wireless Communications, Fiber Optics, Network and Satellite Communications addressing the legislative and regulatory concerns of product manufacturers. The Telecommunications Industry Association is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). It also sponsors various certificates, including the Convergence Technologies Professional (CTP) and Certified in Convergent Network Technologies (CCNT) industry standard certification program.