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BCS develops new IT professional certification standard

Antony Savvas | March 13, 2014
BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, is developing a new standard which provides a recognised vendor-neutral certification for those employed in the IT profession.

BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, is developing a new standard which provides a recognised vendor-neutral certification for those employed in the IT profession.

It will be at a level equivalent to Technician standards in other professions, and aligned to SFIA Level 3.

Once individuals have gained this standard they will be eligible to join the Register of IT Technicians, which the Institute is also establishing.

Richard Lester, director of the IT Technician Programme at BCS, said: "Research indicates a significant need by industry for the IT Technician designation and for the Register.

"The Register will recognise the industry 'doers' - the technicians. In UK IT, however, this title currently means different things to different people, and therefore we've consulted with stakeholders to develop a definition for IT Technician."

The Institute describes an IT Technician as an individual working in a field of information technology who is proficient in associated skills and techniques, and competent in practical application of the relevant theoretical principles.

Individuals reaching the Registered IT Technician standard may choose to join the IT Technician Register, which BCS will launch in 2015.

The Register, said BCS, is another step in establishing IT as a profession in the same way that law, medicine and accountancy are - regardless of what specialist skill may be applied within them as an individual's career develops.

A Registered IT Technician:

Uses IT knowledge and understanding to apply technical and practical skills, demonstrated and accredited at SFIA Level 3 or above

Contributes to the design, development, manufacture, construction, commissioning, operation or maintenance of IT products, equipment, processes, systems or services

Accepts and exercises personal responsibility

Uses effective communication and interpersonal skills

Makes a personal commitment to an appropriate code of professional conduct, recognising obligations to society, the profession and the environment

Digital Industry Trailblazer standards published by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills last week for successful completion of IT Apprenticeships have been purposely aligned with the new Registered IT Technician standard.

An individual awarded an IT Trailblazer apprenticeship will be eligible to apply for a place on the new professional Register of IT Technicians.

Lester said: "It became clear from early discussions that there was an exciting opportunity to dovetail work on this professional Register with the UK government's Trailblazer programme for apprenticeships.

"Each complements and augments the other, together we are recognising apprenticeships as a valuable and meaningful route into the profession."

 

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