At a recent reseller show, a computer-oriented CPA reported that he planned to recruit two friends to apply for the American Institute of CPAs' technology credential, the Certified Information Technology Professional. And if they tell two friends, and they tell friends? You get the picture.

If everyone tells two friends, then at six generations, there will be more than 16,000 credential holders and we can declare the program a success. Of course, at some point a lot of people are not going to carry through. But so what? Most proponents would settle for 2,000 right now.

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