Note: New CIPS Ethics Exam required for I.S.P. and ITCP applicants starting January 2014
The ITCP certification has been accredited by the IP3 against the IP3P professional standard
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. The ITCP standard has been accredited by the International Professional Practice Partnership (IP3) and ITCP holders are internationally recognized under the IP3 umbrella.
An ITCP applicant will:
a) Have spent at least the last 24 months in a role that demonstrates that they:
- i) Posses 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)
- iv) Have the capability to operate at the SFIA Level 5 or equivalent or above. (See: Level)
b) Adhere to the Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct
c) 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).
d) 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.
e) 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.
An individual's competence in an IT specialization is measured by means of the SFIA framework. The framework is divided into the following main six IT areas:
Strategy and Architecture
Solutions Development and Implementation
Procurement and Management Support
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.