The NZ Computer Society’s working group on professional ICT certification has been charged with finding the money to support a professional certification programme as well as deciding whether it’s a good idea and if so, how it should be achieved.
The working party has been asked to report in detail on: whether or not certification should be implemented in New Zealand; provide detail of how certification functions in other countries, and whether there is an opportunity to license overseas programmes for local use; provide detail of stakeholder engagement; analyse the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of certification; and, finally, recommend whether certification should be implemented in New Zealand.
Top of the list of terms of reference, however, is: “Identify potential sources of funding and attempt to secure initial seed funding for this project”. The Society hopes that government will come to the party with some financial backing.
Chief executive Paul Matthews met earlier this month with ICT minister David Cunliffe to discuss certification, but no details of the discussion are available.
The working group includes Craig Pattison, founding president of itSMFnz (the IT Service Management Forum); Peter Cornelius, an industry training service delivery consultant at HP; Janet Mazenier, former Digital Strategy coordinator; and Steve MacDonell, professor of software engineering at the Auckland University of Technology, as well as Matthews himself and the society’s president, Don Robertson, and deputy president, Dave Cowman.
The society’s council is pushing to have certification in place by the end of 2009.