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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