New NZCS president to push qualification agenda

Don Robertson believes education and certification of ICT professionals will be an essential component of dealing with the ICT skills shortage

There’s another change in the top ranks of the NZ Computer Society. Shortly after the resignation of CEO Doug White, the president, Richard Donaldson, reached the end of his two-year term and stood down to be replaced by Don Robertson.

Robertson is a long-term member of the society, who has most recently served as head of its Wellington branch.

A high priority in his programme, he says, will be to bring internationally recognised professional certification to the society, in collaboration with its equivalent bodies overseas and the International Federation of Information Processing (IFIP).

“The ICT sector needs a benchmark to independently measure the skills and knowledge of individual IT professionals in New Zealand against an internationally recognised framework,” Robertson says.

He believes education and certification of ICT professionals will be an essential component of future efforts to deal with the ICT skills shortage in New Zealand. This problem has lessened in other countries where vendor-neutral certification has been introduced by NZCS’s counterpart organisations, he says.

Robertson was also the designated leader of a working party considering ways of co-operating with the putative ICT industry umbrella body, ICT-NZ, which now looks certain to slide into extinction, following ICT minister David Cunliffe’s announcement of an intention to found a more broadly based, partly government-funded body (Computerworld, November 26). Former president Richardson last week expressed the society’s support for the proposed new body.

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