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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

- Note: Successful completion of the CIPS Ethics Exam is now required for applicants who have not graduated from a CIPS accredited program - 

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  I.S.P. Application    I.S.P. Re-certification    Become a Candidate       

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  

The I.S.P. designation is available to practitioners who meet these entrance requirements. Demonstrated mastery of the BOK is equivalent to completion of a CIPS accredited four-year degree program of study plus two years of relevant professional experience. This serves as the benchmark for the I.S.P. designation. The I.S.P. designation demonstrates varying degrees of knowledge and competency, provided that overall mastery is maintained.

I.S.P. Designation Eligibility Criteria

I.S.P. Application Routes   

Candidate Membership

If you have the IT education** but do not yet possess the required IT experience, you may qualify for the "Candidate Member" designation! For more information on Candidate Membership click here.

The Decision Appeal Process

*The I.S.P. is legislated as a self regulating designation in six provinces: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.  Other provinces are working toward similar legislation through their provincial government.  The I.S.P. designation is also recognized in the United Kingdom (by the British Computer Society), Australia (by the Australian Computer Society), New Zealand (by the New Zealand Computer Society), and in the USA, CIPS has a mutual recognition agreement with the ICCP ( to facilitate easier cross-border movement for professionals in IT. 

**Relevant post-secondary degree or diploma; successful completion of the Institute for certification of Computer Professional (ICCP) exams; or successful completion of the British Computer Society (BCS) exam.

CIPS Corporate Partners

The following organizations support CIPS' commitment to professionalism, ethics, and high standards for the I.T. professionCIPS thanks all its partners for their contribution. Become a CIPS Corporate Partner Today! - Send an email to

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