Drive for professionalism in IT expands its horizons

The BCS has teamed up with IT professional societies from around the world to study a scheme that would offer global recognition for IT professionals.

The BCS has teamed up with IT professional societies from around the world to study a scheme that would offer global recognition for IT professionals.

The move adds another dimension to the BCS Professionalism in IT programme, which is endeavouring to place chartered status at the core of the IT profession.

Former BCS president Charles Hughes chaired a discussion on professionalism at an International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) conference in South Africa last month. Attendees included senior representatives from the Australian Computer Society (ACS), Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS), Computer Society South Africa (CSSA) and the BCS.

The meeting addressed key challenges facing the global IT industry, including lack of clarity about skills and qualifications and worldwide mobility of IT staff. It concluded that global recognition for IT professionals would provide major advantages to individual practitioners and businesses.

The ACS, CIPS and BCS have national schemes to recognise qualified members. This provides a sound base for the planning of a global IT profession, work on which commenced in Cape Town.

"Global industries need global professions to promote high standards worldwide and to give public recognition to qualified practitioners," said Hughes.

"The IT industry is a global business with many international organisations requiring growing mobility among individual members of the IT workforce. Employers face growing uncertainty when recruiting staff from outside their own countries.

"To achieve recognition, IT professionals will require an accredited combination of education and experience, undertake continuing professional development and commit themselves to a code of ethics."

IT on course to become a profession

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