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Occupation Skills Profile Model


The Occupational Skills Profile Model (OSPM) is the first Canadian model to define occupational profiles for the software sector. It was developed by the Software Human Resource Council (SHRC). As a Member of the SHRC, CIPS provided a number of resources including Members to lead and work on this project. Other partners included government and industry representatives, as well as individual workers.

The OSPM addresses the need for standardized skill definitions and a common terminology base for describing software duties in the current Canadian software industry. The lack of such a common terminology to date has hampered the ability of the Canadian software industry, governments and the education sector to adequately identify, recruit, retain and retrain workers. Lack of common occupational skills profiles has also slowed the necessary national and international mobility for both software workers and companies in an industry that is in a high degree of flux.

The current release of the OSPM features 24 job titles and their definitions.

For more detailed information on the OSPM and how to obtain a copy see

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