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“Professionalism is the foundation of quality; peer assessment is the foundation of Professionalism; My Internationally accredited CIPS certification allows me to stand and lead my students and colleagues from a professionally recognized foundation of quality. The pride I feel in earning this recognition is second only to my pride in my children.”

Dave O'Leary, I.S.P., ITCP
Chief Information Officer
Dean of Business, Computer Technology & Business Technology
Northwest Community College


"As an Associate Partner with Canada's largest professional services firm the ability of professionals to be recognized internationally was paramount to serving global clients."

Roger Hart FCIPS, I.S.P., ITCP, P.Eng.

ITCP Designation


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In 2008, CIPS introduced the Information Technology Certified Professional (ITCP). The ITCP designation is directed specifically to senior IT practitioners and academics who want to demonstrate to their employer, their clients, their students and their partners that in addition to their IT knowledge, they understand how to effectively utilize and apply their organizational experience to achieving organizational excellence. 

Overall Requirements

An ITCP applicant will:

a) Have spent at least the last 24 months in a role that demonstrates that they:

  • i) Possess a well developed broad technical understanding of IT; (breadth component)
  • ii) Understand how IT fits within the organization model;
  • iii) Have competence in one or more specialist areas of IT (technical or domain knowledge) at Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA) Level 5 or equivalent or above. (See: Skills) (Click here for French SFIA documentation)
  • iv) Have the capability to operate at the SFIA Level 5 or equivalent or above. (See: Level)

b) Adhere to the Code of Ethics

c) Demonstrated knowledge of the Code of Ethics

d) Apply for and maintain active CIPS Membership (Note: One can apply for the ITCP designation without being a CIPS member, but active membership must be held in order to hold and use the ITCP designation).

e) Provide detailed and descriptive employer or client references covering the two years preceding the application. The employer or client needs to be able to comment on your competence and confirm your work history over the last 24 months. The reference should be in a similar or higher professional level to you and cannot be someone who report to you.

f) Be required to pay the Application Fees


Broad Technical Understanding of IT

Demonstrated mastery of the CIPS Body of Knowledge (BOK) is the benchmark that is used to assess the depth and breadth of an applicant's IT knowledge.

Mastery of the BOK:

  • Defined as the ability to demonstrate performance and application of knowledge and skills to perform a required skill or activity to a specific predetermined level in a particular area or areas of the BOK.
  • Permits varying degrees of knowledge of and competency of the components of the BOK, provided overall mastery is maintained.
  • Allows competency to be manifested in different ways by individuals with different career paths.

Measuring Competence

An individual's competence in an IT specialization is measured by means of the SFIA framework (Click here for French SFIA documentation). The framework is divided into the following main six IT areas:

Strategy and Architecture
Business Change
Solutions Development and Implementation
Service Management
Procurement and Management Support
Client Interfaces

Each area is then sub-divided into specific categories (i.e. Business Change includes Business Change Implementation, Business Change Management and Relationships Management). Each category then provides a variety of competency levels. Applicants are assessed against the framework's Level 4 and Level 5 competencies. General (non- specialized) IT work experience is assessed at SFIA Level 4 and specialized IT work experience is assessed at Level 5.

Measuring Autonomy and Responsibility

All applicants need to demonstrate they are working or are capable of working at SFIA Level 5. The application process will allow applicants to demonstrate their level of autonomy and influence within their work related activities. The complexity of work will become evident from the information provided via the description of work activities (in both general and specialized areas). Business skills are a key component of the ITCP standard and applicants, through a series of questions in the application, will be asked to demonstrate evidence of these skills.

ITCP Application 

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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