New Zealand has been lagging behind other countries with a certification programme for ICT professionals. By the same token, joining late means we can be sure to sync with other countries so that the NZ qualification will be recognised internationally.
Here's the context:
Accountants have "Chartered Accountant" certification, lawyers and doctors are accredited by their professional bodies. Engineers have Certification. Yet until now, ICT professionals have not had access to professional certification, in New Zealand at least.
Now it's coming at us more like a train than a committee. Action:
One area of interest will be the Fast-track Process, where it's proposed that all full NZCS members, MNZCS and above (as at the launch date of the programme) will have the opportunity to be considered for rapid adoption. Members will still need to show they meet the requirements and standards, however the process will be streamlined (and at a reduced cost).
Recently I trawled through the SFIA framework and checked that web editors do have their place among ICT professionals. When the draft plan appears next month, my beady eyes will be busy for the same reason. Don't leave web content editors out! Imagine getting credit for your knowledge, experience and professional nous. That'd be nice, wouldn't it?
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