Kiwis abroad could benefit from IITP qualification

The qualification could help both ICT-experienced Kiwis wanting to work overseas and NZ immigration officials who need to judge prospective immigrant's expertise

Kiwis wanting to work abroad could benefit from the launch next year of the International IT Professional (IITP) qualification.

The Federation of Information Processing (IFIP) is responsible for the launch. IFIP president Basie von Solms says the qualification could help both ICT-experienced Kiwis wanting to work overseas and NZ immigration officials who need to judge the value of a prospective immigrant’s expertise. But some national societies say they are having a battle to get industry recognition of the formal qualification even within their own borders.

The push towards a cross-border qualification is very relevant here, says the NZ Computer Society president Richard Donaldson. NZCS has been trying to establish a professional qualification of its own for a long time, and international cooperation on a common standard is key here, he says.

IITP certification, which is still being developed, draws heavily on those qualifications that have already been put in place by the Australian and British computer societies. These, in turn, are influencing the NZCS’ plans.

Former NZCS chief executive Doug White declared a national qualification a “high priority on my agenda”, when he took up the job more than two years ago (Computerworld, May 16, 2005).

Holding a suitably vetted national qualification will automatically grant practitioners IITP status, says von Solms.

Canada’s Information Processing Society, another IITP contributor, celebrated “ISP Week” last month, in an attempt to spark industry interest in its own formal qualification, the Information Systems Professional certificate. But Toronto consultant Robert Fabian told the ITworld Canada newspaper recently that the qualification was still not grabbing local employers’ attention. They prefer more specific and established qualifications, such as that of Project Management Professional.

The formal IITP launch is likely to occur at the IFIP’s bi-annual conference, which will be held in Milan next year, says von Solms.

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