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Information for College Programs

The Information Systems and Technology Accreditation Council (ISTAC) was formed in 1989 and is the lead Council in CIPS responsible for formulating and maintaining high educational standards for Canadian colleges offering programs of study in the areas of Information Systems (IS) and the application of Computer Technology to the solution of organization and business related problems. It assesses relevant educational programs for accreditation purposes in accordance with established criteria and procedures.


"Education is a foundational component of the CIPS Certification program. Information Systems practitioners view their training and its quality as a strong thread stitching the pieces of their professional experiences together. Hence, it is important for educational programs to meet minimum standards and assure that they are keeping current within a rapidly evolving profession/industry."

Bill Paterson
Chair, Information Systems and Technology Accreditation Council


Detailed Information



Web Template for Accreditation Materials (ZIP file)

(Note: we prefer that this web template is used to host the accreditation materials. If you are unable to use this template, please contact the CIPS Secretariat at

The purpose of the questionnaire is to assess the program's compliance with the Council's criteria.

When completing the questionnaire, the educational institution should ask itself:

  1. Does the program documentation provide sufficient evidence that the program meets the accreditation criteria?
  2. Can evidence be shown that the program follows the provided documentation?
  3. Have all sections of the questionnaire been completed as indicated?

The criteria must be met in order for a program to be deemed accreditable. The questions in the questionnaire are associated with the criteria. If one or more criteria are not satisfied, it is incumbent upon the institution to demonstrate and document clearly and how the criteria are met in some alternative fashion.

The questionnaire needs to be submitted by the educational institution at least six weeks prior to the team's visit.

The questionnaire should be submitted electronically. Where possible, questionnaire related background materials (i.e. course outlines, faculty profiles) should also be submitted in electronic format. When only hardcopy format is available, four copies of these documents should be submitted. One full copy of the accreditation materials should remain in the team's review room at the educational institution.

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