IT lawyer gains ITCP certification

Rick Shera is first lawyer to gain NZCS professional credential

The NZ Computer Society’s ITCP (IT Certified Professional) certification is reaching across professional boundaries, with the certification being awarded to an IT lawyer for the first time.

The society established the certification last year as recognised professional qualification for those in the IT industry. It was intended to be similar in concept to the ACA (Associated Chartered Accountant) certification in accountancy.

Rick Shera, a partner at Lowndes Jordan in Auckland, who specialises in IT law, has gained ITCP certification. In a statement announcing Shera’s certification, NZCS CEO Paul Matthews says: “The accreditation of ‘periphery’ IT practitioners such as lawyers is certainly not a given.

“Mr Shera received ITCP certification because he could demonstrate a thorough understanding of the concepts and knowledge that underpins ICT, the proven ability to apply that knowledge to his area with positive results, an appreciation of what it means to be an ICT professional and a willingness to practice in accordance with the Code of Professional Conduct.” (The code is part of the ITCP package).

In the statement, Shera says becoming ITCP certified “is a tangible recognition of the fact ICT law is multidisciplinary.

“I could not practice in this area without a detailed knowledge of the internet, computing and telco industries themselves, so it is good to have that recognised.

“The application process itself was thorough and makes me even more thrilled to have achieved what I see as a very valuable certification.”

The ITCP certification is New Zealand-based and geared to local IT professionals, but also draws on international best practice, being affiliated with the global IP3 organisation, part of the International Federal for Information Processing.

ITCP was formally launched here a year ago.

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