CIPS is a great avenue for professional development and networking essential to consultants, IT practitioners, and those in service of our IT industry. CIPS, through the volunteer efforts of its members, is involved in a number of initiatives related to setting standards within the IT profession. Two of the main programs are the certification of individual IT practitioners (the I.S.P. designation) and the accreditation of computer science programs in Canadian colleges and universities. Please note: Site will open in new window.
Please note that your employer may financially support your membership and participation in CIPS as per its policy on professional development or membership in professional organizations.
I.S.P. Certification contributes to a strong professional image, profile and credibility, high standards of practice and ethics, public protection and individual career development. I.S.P. Certification is obtained through the Information Systems Professional of Canada designation, (I.S.P.) "The Society's Members receive services that enhance their education, their skills and their professionalism. As a result, employers who hire a Member of CIPS who has received certification as an Information Systems Professional (I.S.P.) can be confident about the quality of that person's work."
- Dr. Harvey Gellman
Senior Vice-President, CGI Group/Groupe CGI, 1998 Please note:
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A standard level of professional knowledge among all IT professionals relies on standard education approaches and curricula. CIPS has developed a rigorous process to examine and accredit university computer and information science programs and college information technology programs as high-quality IT programs.
"Accreditation recognizes that our programs meet published, generally accepted criteria for sound education in the discipline and provides evidence of the quality of a computer science degree."
Professor, Department of Computer Science
University of Waterloo, Ontario, (1998)
Why hire a CIPS Member or I.S.P.?
Membership shows a commitment to the ICT profession
CIPS Members are current in their skills and knowledge
You can learn from them!
I.S.P. holders must prove 300 hours of professional development programs every three years
I.S.P. holders have agreed to be bound by the CIPS Code of Ethics.
The I.S.P. designation allows companies to get an accurate assessment of employees’ skills.
The I.S.P. certification is used to foster staff development.