NZCS studies global ICT standard

The professionalism standard would reduce risk for prospective employers

The New Zealand Computer Society will be “looking carefully” at participation in a scheme coordinated by its Australian, British and Canadian counterparts to create a uniform “global ICT professionalism standard”.

Such an accreditation standard, incorporating an assurance of skills and adherence to a code of ethics, would reduce risk for prospective employers, particularly when taking on people coming from overseas. It would also give ICT professionals the kind of objective status accorded to other certified professionals such as lawyers and accountants.

The NZCS had a council meeting late last month, just after Computerworld had discussed the plan with NZCS chief executive Doug White.

The matter was put before the meeting “and we’ll certainly be looking carefully at participating”, White says. “We’ll be talking to our sister organisations about it soon.”

The NZCS was already considering a New Zealand-based professional certification system, in collaboration with other potential constituent organisations in the umbrella industry group ICTNZ.

NZCS has still not finally decided to join ICTNZ but “the matter is under some scrutiny and a decision is imminent,” White says.

“Either way, the accreditation issue will need to be addressed. We may do it as part of ICTNZ, as part of the [Australian, British and Canadian] plan, or as a combination using parts of both; there are many ways of skinning the cat,” he says.

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