IT professionals with at least three years' management experience, a business-related degree, and solid evidence of management successes over the past 12 months can apply to become chartered managers.
The programme was introduced following growing demands from employers for IT staff with technical knowledge and an understanding of business.
"The further up the career ladder IT managers climb, the more they are asked if they can manage this team or that project. Chartered management is about recognising managerial competence, which is not always recognised in the IT department," said Chartered Management Institute spokesman Mike Petrook.
The programme has attracted the interest of several large employers, including Fujitsu, which has put an IT manager responsible for a private finance initiative for the Home Office through the scheme.
"Whether it is Marks & Spencer or Shell, if you are in IT you need to know your business objectives," said Petrook.
To qualify as a chartered manager, IT professionals need to submit evidence of their achievements over the past 12 months and undergo an online appraisal from peers and line managers. The evidence gathering process, which takes about 30 to 40 hours of work a year, is followed by a formal interview.
Chartered managers are expected to re-apply every three years and to demonstrate their management experience during the previous 12 months to keep their chartered status.
Chartered Management Institute