The New Zealand Computer Society is very close to a name change, having received a massive majority vote from the membership in favour of becoming the Institute of IT Professionals.
“We had 170 submissions from the membership [on the name-change proposal] and 97 percent of those are in favour,” says CEO Paul Matthews.
A meeting of the society’s National Council last month voted to put the proposal forward to a special general meeting, which will be held in June.
This will formally propose the necessary changes to the constitution. “That means there’s only one more hurdle to get over,” Matthews says.
Matthews wrote in a recent Computerworld comment piece, the society’s focus has changed considerably, “from inwards-looking (what’s best for NZCS?) to outwards-looking (we’re here for a purpose – what’s best for New Zealand?).”
The body has put an increasing focus on professionalism in the past few years, the major landmark being the creation of the ITCP (IT Certified Professional) qualification. Professional mentoring programmes for members are complemented by the KiwiSkills programme aimed at increasing digital literacy in the general population.