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New CIPS ethics exam required for Certification applicants early in 2014

As part of our mandate to establish Information Technology (IT) as a profession, CIPS has identified a need for testing knowledge and understanding of ethics in computing and IT. This is particularly important for those applying for CIPS’ I.S.P. and ITCP certifications

Earlier this year the CIPS National Board ratified a motion requiring that all certification applicants need to demonstrate knowledge of the CIPS Code of Ethics either through completion of a CIPS accredited program or by  successfully completing the online CIPS Ethics in Computing and IT exam.

A common testing methodology has been developed, relevant to all IT professionals regardless of domain or technical specialization or occupation. The online exam, which will become available and mandatory in early 2014, is a multiple choice, non-proctored and open-book exam. The goal of the exam is to test CIPS certification applicants on their ability to apply ethical reasoning to certain situations and to encourage them to think about how they would respond to situations similar to those posed by the exam scenarios and questions. 

The exam is for experienced and new IT practitioners and builds awareness of the key principles of professionalism and the CIPS Code of Ethics.

This exam will help you:

·         Learn about the principles of the CIPS Code of Ethics

·         Gain skills and confidence in dealing with issues related to professionalism and ethics by navigating through hypothetical situations

The elements of the CIPS Code will be covered with case scenarios to help better understand the nuances and subtleties behind the Code.

There is no additional cost to take the exam.

More information on the exam will be made available via the CIPS website when the exam becomes available. For questions email


CIPS Corporate Partners

The following organizations support CIPS' commitment to professionalism, ethics, and high standards for the I.T. profession. 

CIPS thanks all its partners for their contribution! Become a CIPS Corporate Partner Today!


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