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IP3 Update

Above - Steven Joyce during the New Zealand announcement

Following a successful launch in 2006, the global professional standards initiative IP3 (see has made some significant progress.  The IP3 Board has finalized a formal three year strategic and operational Business Plan. Its implementation is managed by CIPS member Roger Hart, I.S.P., ITCP/IP3P, who has been appointed Interim Executive Officer, and former CIPS Chair Greg Lane, I.S.P., ITCP/IP3P, who currently chairs the IP3 Board.  The IP3 Board formal terms of reference were approved in principle and will be submitted to the IFIP General Assembly meeting in August for inclusion in the IFIP Standing Orders, which defines the operating rules for IFIP related bodies.


The IP3 has created two formal standards related bodies: the Professional Standard Council, which is responsible for the provision of advice and guidance on all issues associated with IP3 professional standards requirements; and the Accreditation Committee which provides the necessary management and support for the effective operation of the assessment and accreditation regimes related to all IP3 certification schemes.


Late 2009, a leading PR firm was contracted to develop a PR and Communications Plan. A global Communications Steering Committee has now been established to implement the plan.  Following the success of IP3's involvement in the 2009 IFIP World Computer Congress, it will again have prominent involvement in the August 2010 Brisbane IFIP World Computer Congress where various plenary and panel discussions are scheduled to occur under the umbrella of "Building a Global IT Profession" stream.


The branding for the global national standard - the IP3P - has been confirmed and all eligible ITCP holders can now use the branding in combination with the ITCP logo. For more information on appropriate usage visit the CIPS website at

There has been significant interest from the 90+ IFIP Member community, which has resulted in three associations joining the partnership. The New Zealand, South Africa and Japanese IT associations are all actively working towards IP3 accreditation.  The New Zealand Computer Society launched their professional certification last year and has received tremendous support from their IT community captured in this quote provided by the New Zealand Minister of ICT, the Honourable Steven Joyce: " The launch of the ICT Professional Certification is an important step for taking New Zealand's ICT industry forward. It will help make ICT a more attractive prospect for school leavers, as well as increasing the overall quality delivered by ICT practitioners." Significant interest has also been expressed from the South Easia Regional Computer Conference (SEARCC) members and these interests are guided by an active and ongoing liaison role by the Australian Computer Society.


Under the stewardship of Charles Hughes (Past Chair of IP3) and Stephen Ibaraki, I.S.P, ITCP/IP3P (senior advisor to IP3) IP3 continues to have active engagements with global IT organizations. Their efforts will be assisted with a soon to be created IP3 Global Industry Committee, which will be working at arms-length to the IP3 Board in an advising role.


To facilitate greater engagement from the broader global IT community, efforts are now underway to launch a new interactive website highly focused on social networking.  


For more information on the IP3 initiative visit their website at

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