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"For me, the "I.S.P." after my name means that I have achieved a standard of excellence that has been set by my IT peers.  Because the Professional Association behind the I.S.P. regularly demands that I recertify my credentials, my employer and clients can expect to continue to observe the highest levels of quality and professionalism in the work that I do for them."  

Darcy Grant, I.S.P., ITCP
Senior Project Manager
Ambir Solutions


"In order to serve as an expert witness in the Court of Queen's Bench, I was asked to provide evidence that I was indeed an IT professional. I explained to the court that I hold the Information Systems Professional - I.S.P. designation, which is the gold standard for IT professionalism in Canada. This was all the proof the judge needed to qualify me as an expert for the case."

Tom Keenan FCIPS, I.S.P., ITCP




I.S.P. Designation

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CIPS is the only professional organization in Canada that offers an Information Technology (IT) designation that is recognized by law* in Canada. Whether you are interested in furthering your IT education, building your IT career or looking to hire an IT professional with the right credentials and attitude, the Information Systems Professional (I.S.P.) designation is for you!

It's about Professionalism - Working towards or achieving the I.S.P. designation sets you apart from other IT practitioners. You are making a commitment to IT professionalism by ensuring you are continuously updating your skills and gaining relevant experience. Your I.S.P. designation confirms your status as an IT practitioner of the highest integrity. In the eyes of potential employers, customers or clients, this is a good thing.

Overall Requirement  
  • Appropriate mastery of the CIPS Body of Knowledge (BOK);
  • Adherence to the Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the Code of Ethics
  • CIPS Membership (Note: One can apply for the I.S.P. designation without being a CIPS member, but active membership must be held in order to hold and use the I.S.P. designation);
  • Provide detailed and descriptive employer or client