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Eligible I.S.P. holders Grand Parented to ITCP

CIPS is pleased to inform you that we have completed the grand parenting process for the Information Technology Certified Professional (ITCP) standard for all eligible I.S.P. holders.  


CIPS is also excited to inform you that we have successfully been accredited by the International Professional Practice Partnership (IP3) and all eligible ITCP holders will also be able to use an international post-nominal when the IP3 officially launches their program. Those eligible will receive further notice from CIPS on the international post-nominal title to be used. The IP3 is an initiative led by the International Federation of Information Processing (IFIP), to promote IT professionalism worldwide.  CIPS has been a founding member of this initiative.


The information below provides further details about the I.S.P. and ITCP designations, outlining their respective strengths, benefits, differences and commonalities. Further information on the ITCP, including application routes, will be posted on the CIPS website as soon as available.




The CIPS Professional Certification Program - The Need to Diversify


In 1958, CIPS first introduced the concept of an association for IT practitioners. IT practitioners and those who had a general interest in IT could join CIPS as a Member.


In the late 1980's, CIPS with many other global IT associations, recognized the need for the IT industry to move towards the establishment of a more mature profession, one that includes elements that are common to most established professions. The CIPS Certification program was introduced in 1988 with the launch of the pre-professional Candidate Member and the professional Information Systems Professional (I.S.P.) designations.


The professional profile for the I.S.P. included the completion of a four year CIPS accredited bachelor of Computer Science plus two years of professional experience (or equivalent). The I.S.P. continues to be the professional designation of choice for those applicants that have a broad technical discipline focus..


In 2008, exactly 20 years after the introduction of the I.S.P. program, CIPS introduced the first diversification in the Certification program by creating the Information Technology Certified Professional (ITCP) designation. The need for the introduction of the ITCP standard was predicated by the fact that in today's complex environment, technology plays an ever increasing role in how organizations meet their business obligations.


The ITCP standard is directed specifically to recognize senior IT practitioners and academics who can demonstrate that in addition to their IT knowledge they understand how to effectively utilize and apply their experience to achieving organizational goals and expectations. The criteria for the ITCP are demonstrated:


  • Possession of a well developed and broad technical understanding of IT (appropriate mastery of the CIPS Body of the Knowledge);
  • Capability to operate at SFIA Level 5 * (or above);
  • Competency in one or more areas of IT specialty (SFIA Level 5)
  • Ability to communicates effectively;
  • Ability to effectively apply IT to the organizational model.


The ITCP standard is aligned with the International Professional Practice Partnership (IP3) professional standard and, now benefits from recognition against a globally recognized standard.


In addition, the ITCP standard retains the same key professional components such as a commitment to the CIPS Code of Ethics, and Standards of Practice; personal responsibility and accountability; and an ongoing commitment to continued professional development that are part of the I.S.P.




* Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA) -


Level 5 : ensure, advise


Works under broad direction. Full accountability for own technical work or project/supervisory responsibilities. Receives assignments in the form of objectives. Establishes own milestones, team objectives and delegates assignments. Work is often self-initiated.


Influences organization, customers, suppliers and peers within industry on contribution of specialization. Significant responsibility for the work of others and for the allocation of resources. Decisions impact on success of assigned projects i.e. results, deadlines and budget. Develops business relationships with customers.


Challenging range - variety of complex technical or professional work activities. Work requires application of fundamental principles in a wide and often unpredictable range of contexts. Understands relationship between specialization and wider customer/organizational requirements.

Business Skills

Advises on the available standards, methods, tools and applications in own area of specialization and can make correct choices from alternatives. Can analyze, diagnose, design, plan, execute and evaluate work to time, cost and quality targets. Communicates effectively, formally and informally, with colleagues, subordinates and customers. Demonstrates leadership. Clear understanding of the relationship between own area of responsibility/specialization to the employing organization and takes customer requirements into account when making proposals. Takes initiative to keep skills up to date. Maintains awareness of developments in the industry. Can analyze user requirements and advise users on scope and options for operational improvement. Demonstrates creativity and innovation in applying IT solutions for the benefit of the user.




The ISP and the ITCP – how do they compare?


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