Pocket IT Profession

The University of Waterloo (Canada) maintains a register of IT professional organisations (*3 Mar 2007)

Organisations - UK

  • British Computer Society (BCS) (*3 Mar 2007)
  • BCS Online Events live and recorded (*3 Oct 2008)
  • BCS Specialist Groups from Advanced Programming to Young Professionals (*3 Mar 2007)
  • BCS Local Branches and International sections (*3 Mar 2007)
  • BCS Elite (7 May 2008)
  • Engineering Council (14 Mar 2000)
  • Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) (3 Mar 2007)
  • IET Information Professional (3 Mar 2007)
  • Institute for the Management of Information Systems (IMIS) (3 Mar 2007)
  • Computer Conservation Society affiliated to the BCS (18 Apr 2008)
  • Organisations - US

  • IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) (*3 Mar 2007)
  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) (3 Mar 2007)
  • Society for Information Management (SIM) (*3 Mar 2007)
  • Project Management Institute (*3 Mar 2007)
  • Organisations - international

  • CEPIS Council of European Professional Informatics Societies (*3 Mar 2007)
  • FEANI European Federation of National Engineering Associations (*3 Mar 2007)
  • IFIP International Federation for Information Processing (*3 Mar 2007)

  • Skills, frameworks and professional development for ICT people

    There have been major changes to the National Occupational Standards framework since 2010, and the standards for ICT professionals are in particular confusion. This section reviewed 10 April 2013.
  • National Occupational Standards
    New website: UK government-backed framework for trades and professions. The search engine now delivers only individual documents which aren't themselves linked back to occupations, organisations or suites of standards.
  • Go to the NOS Search page for the index to occupations, the successor organisations to the Sector Skills Councils, and the skills Suites
  • e-skills uk maintains frameworks for IT
  • The link to their NOS frameworks page is hidden at the foot of the page
  • Look for the NOS for IT/Telecoms Professionals and the NOS for IT Users (PDF downloads, last updated 2009)
  • There is also the IT Skills Academy launched in 2012. Look there for
  • IT Professional Profile, a much simplified model enabling users to gain a quick review of their level of capability
  • The British Computer Society offers a range of tools and resources for personal professional development. Members have access to a full Continuing Professional Development programme (*10 Apr 2013)
  • The Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA) is an ongoing joint development by BCS, IET, IMIS and e-skills UK. Unlike the others it aims to be reasonably self contained, going up to senior management level
  • Many former agencies providing ICT skills frameworks in specific sectors have been wound up, including Becta and the Training & Development Agency for Schools
  • The Management Standards Centre provides NOS and standards for management skills
  • Open Group Certifications cover a subset of IT competencies

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