Update from ITPNZ
Here's a quick weekly update from ITP CEO Paul Matthews
This week, let's take a look at ITP's certification offerings: Chartered IT Professional NZ (CITPNZ) and Certified Technologist (CTech). Also, a big welcome to our newest ITP Corporate Partners and a brief update on the Workforce Development Council issue we outlined last week.
Is 2020 the year you become a Chartered IT Professional?
No doubt you're aware that ITPNZ offers the globally recognised Chartered IT Professional NZ (CITPNZ) and Certified Technologist (CTech) certifications. Or maybe you're not. But either way, what are they and why does it matter?
In a word, it comes down to trust.
CITPNZ and CTech are professional certifications as opposed to technical certifications. This means that rather than assessing whether you can do specific tasks with specific technologies, they independently confirm that you:
- Know what you're doing (in your chosen area)
- Keep up to date in your field
- Are trustworthy
- Are bound by a Code of Ethics, and
- Can demonstrate actual results
In short, you're someone that the professional body of the sector has independently assessed and can endorse as a bona fide professional. It's not a guarantee that you'll always get it right; but it is a commitment that if you breach your ethical responsibilities, the professional community can hold you to account.
And that's where trust comes in.
Now more than ever before, trust is important for our careers, businesses and clients. Rather than just taking your word for it, professional certification means you've been fully assessed, independently, and really do know your stuff. It also means that you've committed to a Code of Ethics and are accountable.
So which is right for you?
Certified Technologist (CTech) is for those who are fully responsible for their own work.
If you're a CTech, you work under general direction but use discretion in identifying and resolving complex problems and assignments. Importantly, you take a methodical approach to problem solving and communicate effectively. And you are mindful of ethics and your professional responsibilities.
Find out more about Certified Technologist.
Chartered IT Professional NZ (CITPNZ) is for those who are fully responsible for project, organisational or team outcomes.
If you're a Chartered IT Professional, you're able to use your leadership to achieve successful outcomes for your business or client. Your work is often self-initiated, you're responsible for meeting agreed outcomes and where appropriate, have a significant role in delegating responsibilities. And you are mindful of ethics and your professional responsibilities.
Find out more about Chartered IT Professional NZ.
How to get it?
Full details are on the ITP website and you can start the application process online. With ITP's wizard-based application process, you don't have to submit your application, or pay any fee, until you're sure you're eligible.
Find out more on the ITP website.
Welcome to our newest ITP Corporate Partners
A really big welcome to our three newest ITP Corporate Partners:
Verity is a New Zealand owned independent provider of bespoke test and wider life-cycle consulting, management consultancy and delivery solutions and services - people are at the heart of what they do and they prize ted-led evolution, flexibility, simplicity and the value chain. They offer a flat and flexible engagement model and pride themselves in their personable and responsive approach and attitude.
MidCentral District Health Board
MidCentral District Health Board funds and provides a range of health and disability services to around 160,000 people living in MidCentral's district (Palmerston North, Manawatu, Tararua, Horowhenua and Otaki of the central North Island of New Zealand). The DHB is responsible for "improving, promoting and protecting" their health and the health of the communities in which they live.
UPBEAT Business Computing are the IT infrastructure specialists for small to medium sized businesses in the Christchurch area. With their sophisticated systems and dedicated team of professionals, they design, implement and support robust, secure and reliable computer systems for a diverse range of loyal clients so that they can focus on running their businesses most effectively.
ITP Corporate Partners care about developing the profession and through their corporate partnership, give their staff discounted access to ITP membership, events and more.
Find out more about the ITP Corporate Partnership Programme
Just a quick update on the unacceptable Workforce Development Council (WDC) situation, as part of the RoVE review, outlined to our community last week.
Firstly, thanks to all of those who emailed or spoke to me over the last week conveying your support for the position we've taken on this - we do really appreciate it and while we'll be consulting further with the membership as a whole, it's great to know we have wide support from our industry.
This week we met with senior officials from TEC to discuss the issue and convey our concerns about their proposed WDC structure. It was a somewhat productive meeting and we're working on an alternative that we think will work for them while also being far more favourable to our (and other) industries.
Interestingly, we're not alone in finding their proposed WDC structure unworkable. We've also been in discussion this week with a number of other industries in the same boat - they also can't believe the structure that has been proposed and are looking for changes.
We truly believe TEC and others are trying to find the best solution and, as we do in a range of other areas and with other government agencies, will work collaboratively and constructively with them as much as possible to find an outcome more compatible with our industry. If it does have to move to a public campaign, I suspect this will be as part of a coalition of industries that is currently developing.
We'll also continue to keep you informed as things progress.
The ITP site will be unavailable for short periods next week as we undergo scheduled maintenance and move hosting platforms. Our apologies in advance for any minor disruptions.
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