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The I.S.P. and the International Network Association


I.S.P. Designation Now Accepted by International Network Association

Network Information Technology (IT) practitioners who hold the Information Systems Professional of Canada (I.S.P.) designation now qualify for the international Certified Network Professional (CNP) designation. The I.S.P. designation is recognized as an entry requirement for the CNP program.

To qualify for the CNP designation, candidates must pass a base exam, at least one other industry-recognized certification exam, and meet the necessary education and experience. A typical path for a CNP candidate, for example, requires a base exam and involves criteria points for experience and/or education. Any CNP candidate who holds the I.S.P. designation can now bypass the process through a direct simplified path involving one of several single options to prove networking competence, experience, or education.

The CNP designation was created in 1996 by the NPA, which serves as the advocate for the international network computing professional. Holders of the CNP designation possess IT and networking experience and education. They also adhere to a code of ethics and strive for continual growth. The trademarked CNP is internationally recognized. The CNP designation was recently updated this past month.

The I.S.P. is the only legislated designation for IT professionals in Canada. It was introduced in 1989 by CIPS, Canada’s association of IT professionals. Holders of the designation possess the education and experience to practice in the field of IT. Holders also abide by a Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice and are required to keep their professional knowledge current.

For more information about the I.S.P. designation, visit the CIPS I.S.P. Designation or Standards web pages of

For more information about the CNP designation, visit the NPA Web site: and

“Candidates who hold the I.S.P. designation no longer have to go through a rigorous and lengthy process to qualify for the CNP designation. The I.S.P. designation already provides proof of knowledge and experience competency. It gives us a necessary professional standard upon which we can use to measure the qualifications of a CNP candidate.”

Jim Belasco
Network Professional Association Board Chairman



“We think this is great news for I.S.P. holders and for the IT profession. The NPA’s recognition demonstrates to the IT industry and profession the tremendous value of the I.S.P. designation. We hope other organizations follow in NPA’s example.”
Dennis Hulme I.S.P.
CIPS President (2005-2006)




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