Association Goes Global and Offers a New Tech Designation



    Senior Execs and Academics now able to qualify for first-ever
    international designation

    TORONTO, June 27 /CNW/ - CIPS announced today that the association has
taken a leadership role globally and is now offering a new,
internationally-recognized professional Information Technology (IT)
designation. The new CIPS professional designation will be called the Canadian
IT Professional (pending final trademark approval). This new Canadian
professional designation will allow senior IT practitioners to qualify for the
first-ever International Information Technology (IITP) professional
designation(*) to be launched world-wide in 2009, and thus enjoy international
professional recognition.
    Holders of the new Canadian IT Professional designation will be
recognized as IT leaders and professionals in the global community in Canada
and abroad through their demonstrated excellence in organizational leadership,
professional experience, senior-level activity and broad responsibility in
their organizations.
    The Canadian IT Professional designation is directed specifically to
senior IT practitioners and academics who want to demonstrate to their
employer, clients, students and partners that in addition to their IT
knowledge they understand how to effectively utilize and apply their
organizational experience to achieving goals and expectations. This includes
understanding of the CIPS Code of Ethics and
http://www.cips.ca/standards/isp/ethics/ Professional Conduct, governance
issues, the environment within they operate, organizational culture and
climate, and how decisions are made within their organization.
    "The reality today is that the success of the IT industry and profession
is being measured by the impact on organizational outcomes. The Canadian IT
Professional designation is a way to measure this success and to achieve
international recognition," said Greg Lane I.S.P., CIPS Chair of the Canadian
Council of Information Technology Professionals. "Canadian IT Professional
designation holders will be seen as an essential foundation for driving their
organization's success through demonstration of their autonomy, influence,
enterprise skills and ability to deal with complex issues."

    
    Canadian IT Professional designation holders will have:

    -   Demonstrated organizational leadership and professional experience
        that includes senior-level activities and broad responsibility;
    -   Demonstrated understanding of how IT fits within the organization
        model;
    -   Demonstrated competence in one or more specialist areas of IT; and
    -   Demonstrated capability to operate at SFIA - Level 5(xx) (or
        equivalent).
    

    As part of the new CIPS professional designation, CIPS has adopted the
Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA). CIPS is also updating the
CIPS Body of Knowledge (BOK) to make it more appropriate for the new
professional designation.
    There is a one-time limited opportunity for certified members (i.e.
I.S.P. designation holders) to receive the Canadian IT Professional
designation automatically through a "grandparenting" process that will
commence late August 2008. Non-certified members who apply for the I.S.P.
designation by August 1, 2008 will also have this opportunity. CIPS will
contact all active I.S.P. designation holders prior to August 31, 2008 to
provide information about the "grandparenting" process and to confirm the
holder's wish to receive the Canadian IT Professional designation. After
August 31, 2008, IT practitioners who apply for the Canadian IT Professional
designation follow the normal application process, and their application will
be assessed by a CIPS council.
    "These are extraordinary times for Canada. The new Canadian IT
Professional designation gives IT professionals another option to demonstrate
to their companies, clients and partners that we value IT professionalism.
CIPS, as Canada's IT professional association, is giving us the opportunity to
leverage our IT profession not just in Canada but also around the world,"
added Lane.

    (*)International Information Technology Professional (IITP) Designation -

    The first-ever IITP designation will be offered by CIPS in partnership
    with the International Federation of Information Processing Society -
    IFIP (a United Nations/UNESCO consultative body), and its global
    association partners when the IITP designation is launched world-wide in
    2009. (CIPS is Canada's representative in IFIP.) The IITP designation
    will be offered to more than 30 million IT practitioners around the
    world.

    
    (xx)Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA) -
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    Level 5: ensure, advise
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    Autonomy         Works under broad direction. Full accountability for own
                     technical work or project/supervisory responsibilities.
                     Receives assignments in the form of objectives.
                     Establishes own milestones, team objectives and
                     delegates assignments. Work is often self-initiated.
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    Influence        Influences organization, customers, suppliers and peers
                     within industry on contribution of specialization.
                     Significant responsibility for the work of others and
                     for the allocation of resources. Decisions impact on
                     success of assigned projects i.e. results, deadlines and
                     budget. Develops business relationships with customers.
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    Complexity       Challenging range - variety of complex technical or
                     professional work activities. Work requires application
                     of fundamental principles in a wide and often
                     unpredictable range of contexts. Understands
                     relationship between specialization and wider
                     customer/organizational requirements.
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    Business Skills  Advises on the available standards, methods, tools and
                     applications in own area of specialization and can make
                     correct choices from alternatives. Can analyze,
                     diagnose, design, plan, execute and evaluate work to
                     time, cost and quality targets. Communicates
                     effectively, formally and informally, with colleagues,
                     subordinates and customers. Demonstrates leadership.
                     Clear understanding of the relationship between own area
                     of responsibility/specialization to the employing
                     organization and takes customer requirements into
                     account when making proposals. Takes initiative to keep
                     skills up to date. Maintains awareness of developments
                     in the industry. Can analyze user requirements and
                     advise users on scope and options for operational
                     improvement. Demonstrates creativity and innovation in
                     applying IT solutions for the benefit of the user.
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For further information:

For further information: Mylene Sayo, Public Relations Manager, CIPS,
Phone: (905) 602-1370 ext.323, or Cellular: (416) 931-0879, E-mail:
mylene@cips.ca

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