Fitch Inc. said Monday that it has become the first rating agency to offer the ability to use credit scores produced with VantageScore Solutions LLC's model in its ratings methodology.

VantageScore, a Stamford, Conn., joint venture of the three major credit reporting bureaus — Equifax Inc., Experian Information Solutions Inc., and TransUnion LLC — was launched in March 2006 to compete against Fair Isaac Corp.'s dominant FICO score.

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