A new joint British Computer Society (BCS) and industry initiative plans to put the IT profession on par with governed or regulated professions, through an “enforced” IT professional accreditation scheme.
The BCS said both industry and the public service sector are increasingly reliant on a profession that they expect to dramatically improve their ability to exploit IT more efficiently, successfully and cost-effectively. Because of this the BCS, as the only chartered professional body for IT, now plans to establish its Chartered IT Practitioner (CITP) accreditation as the profession's gold standard.
To establish the standard a steering group has been set up which will be chaired by BCS fellow John Leighfield OBE. Other members include John Higgins, director general of Intellect, Bob Assirati, executive director of the OGC (Office of Government Commerce), Katie Davies of the Cabinet Office's IT team, and representation from major companies, including IBM.
BCS chief executive David Clarke said, "Following recent high profile IT project failures, there has been a rapid understanding of the need to improve the quality of product and service in IT if business and society is to secure the real benefits which the technology has to offer.”
Clarke said the BCS has already championed the need for professional qualifications through high profile campaigns, and had attracted over 14,000 new members as a result. It was currently attracting 1,000 new members a month, he said.