The I.S.P. designation is a visible indication of an organization's commitment to a high standard of excellence in the IT profession.
There are a number of reasons why it matters to hire an I.S.P. holder or to encourage your IT staff to become an I.S.P. holder:
- Staff recruitment and development - Your IT staff members are better supported because of their CIPS community. They are a part of a connected professional network with exposure to the latest trends and experiences of their peer groups. They will contribute their knowledge and best practices to your organization and will help you attract the best IT professionals to your workforce. In addition, as I.S.P. holders they are committed to maintain their IT currency and competence through professional development programs. They are required to re-certify annually.
- Standards of Ethics and Practice - Holding an I.S.P. designation means that your IT staff members have agreed to be bound by the CIPS Code of Ethics. Their intentions can be trusted. I.S.P. holders only undertake work that they are qualified to do. This reduces your organization's management risk. You can trust an I.S.P. holder.
- Public confidence - Organizations can have peace of mind knowing that their clients and customers can rely on I.S.P. holders to abide by the highest standards of ethics and professional conduct. CIPS has a review process to investigate complaints regarding I.S.P. holders or CIPS members who may have violated the CIPS Code of Ethics.
- Competitive advantage when bidding nationally and internationally - Organizations know that they can count on their IT staff members (I.S.P. holders) to possess the required IT education. I.S.P. holders have provided proof of their ability to apply what they have learned in the workplace.