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Definition of a Professional

  "There is an exceptionally large discrepancy between best practice and common practice in IT."

David Booth, I.S.P., ITCP



"Effectively managed people assets have the potential to increase shareholder value by 30%."

Aberdeen Group   


The analysts studying the effectiveness of IT investments have been declaring from year to year, that most IT projects are still failing at an alarming high rate. When analyzed, the root causes of these problems can be traced back to different factors, the key factors being: a lack of the knowledge, skills and competency to perform and the integrity of IT practitioners.


CIPS Definition of an IT Professional


            An IT Professional is someone who has:

  • A demonstrated mastery of an appropriate portion of the CIPS Body of Knowledge
  • Commitment to abide by the CIPS Code of Ethics.
  • Commitment to follow the CIPS Risk Management Guidelines.
  • Autonomy, responsibility and authority and works under broad direction.
  • Demonstrated a complexity of work and performs work that requires the application of a significant range of fundamental principles in a variety of contexts.
  • Essential skills to take a structured and effective approach to own work and demonstrate leadership potential.
  • Ability to analyse, diagnose, design, plan, execute and evaluate work to time, cost and quality targets, exhibiting thorough familiarity with available methods, procedures, tools, equipment and standards associated with own area of specialization and making correct choices from alternatives.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with clients, customers, colleagues and subordinates.
  • An understanding of the relationship of own specialization or area of responsibility to the employing organization as a whole and takes customer requirements fully into account when making proposals and/or carrying out work.
  • Taken continuous initiatives to keep skills up to date and maintain awareness of developments in the IT industry.


Courtesy IP3

The CIPS Certification Program incorporates all these elements which results in a professional who:

  • Is seen as an integral part of the business;
  • Is defined in terms of the ability to play a full part in all stages of IT exploitation;
  • Has an appropriate non-technical skill, including management, business and leadership skills, as core competences;
  • Lays greater emphasis on the recognition of current capability and competence;
  • Demands greater personal responsibility on the part of the practitioner.

CIPS Corporate Partners

The following organizations support CIPS' commitment to professionalism, ethics, and high standards for the I.T. professionCIPS thanks all its partners for their contribution. Become a CIPS Corporate Partner Today! - Send an email to

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