The New Zealand Computer Society (NZCS) has a reciprocal membership standard recognition understanding with its counterparts in Australia and Singapore and will soon have one with Hong Kong.
The ultimate aim is for all SEARCC (South East Asia Regional Computer Confederation) countries to reach the standard so that membership of a SEARCC member country's computer society sends a clear signal to employers and colleagues and other countries about someone's competence, NZCS president Gillian Reid says.
"New Zealand, Australia and Singapore have a memorandum of understanding about what is required to be an associate or full member and is also about to become a signatory.
"Not all SEARCC countries have membership standards at that level and NZCS has only just come up to that standard."
The mutual membership standard recognition provides an international benchmark, Reid says.
"A lot of people in SEARCC member countries have IT qualifications, but employers have to take guesses on their CVs."
As more SEARCC member countries reach the standard, the CV guessing will be replaced by certainty that the person has achieved a certain level of expertise, she says.
The standards for an associate member are "any person holding an NZQA or university accredited ICT qualification at the equivalent of level four on the NZQA framework or above and having a minimum of one year full-time or equivalent post-graduation experience as an ICT practitioner OR any person having a minimum of three years' full-time equivalent experience as an ICT practitioner.
For a full member, the standard is "any person holding an NZQA or university accredited degree in an ICT-related subject or other ICT qualification at the equivalent of level seven on the NZQA framework or above or an equivalent of overseas qualification and having a minimum of four years' full time equivalent overseas qualification post-graduation experience as an ICT practitioner with a minimum of two years in a recognised senior, team leader or supervisory position OR having a minimum of 10 years' full time full-time equivalent experience as an ICT practitioner with a minimum of three years' in a recognised senior, team leader or supervisory position."
The SEARCC conference is being held in New Zealand for the first time this week. Members besides New Zealand are Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, the Phillippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan and Thailand.