Established on the 2nd of January 2003, the Institute of Chartered IT Professionals is dedicated to developing and managing the IT profession, ensuring that competency, recognition and professionalism is effectively promoted in the IT sector of South Africa. ICITP® focuses on the advancement of knowledge and practice of the IT profession through developing, supporting, regulating and promoting professional standards for technical, entrepreneurial and ethical competence in the Media, Information and Communication Technology.
To ensure the advancement of the NQF by promoting public interest and trust in the Information Technology Profession by encouraging ongoing professional development; developing and maintaining the standards for the practice of Information Technology and by facilitating access to its designations in recognition of deserving Information Technology practitioners in South Africa.
To develop, manage and empower the IT Profession in South Africa.
. We serve our members. We lead by example
. We work as a team. We respect the individual
. We strive for quality in all that we do
. Above all, we act with integrity.
The main objectives of the ICITP® are to:
• Highlight and promote the importance of the Media, Information and Communication Technology in South Africa and internationally
• develop and maintain professionalism, thus ensuring high quality professional services by IT professionals for the benefit of the public;
• support accredited training providers in aligning their curriculum with critical and scarce industry skills as well as professional standards including industry critical and scare skills
• work closely with professional associations, including recognized professional bodies within the IT sector, to maintain high standards in the industry
• cooperate with the relevant institutions such as SAQA, Quality Councils, the SETAs, and other institution for the benefit of the greater IT sector
• assist IT graduates with Work Integrated Learning (WIL) and practical competency to ensure workplace readiness
• develop, support, supervise and promote professional standards for technical and ethical competence in the Media, Information and Communication Technology sector.
A profession is something a little more than a job, it is a career for someone who wants to be part of society, who becomes competent in their chosen sector through training; maintains their skills through continuing professional development (CPD); and commits to behaving ethically, to protect the interests of the public. We all rely on professionals at many points of our lives
– from dentists to teachers, from pension managers to career advisers, from town planners to paramedics. We rely on professionals to be experts (certified or chartered). Back in the nineteenth century, the only known main careers that were deemed profession were law, accounting, and medicine. Nowadays, the number of professions is much wider and ever-increasing, as occupations become more specialized in nature and more ‘professionalized’ in terms of requiring certain standards of initial and ongoing education so that anything from automotive technicians to web designers can be defined as professionals. The Institute of Chartered Information Technology Professionals (ICITP®) is for IT practitioners who want:
- To keep learning, be challenged and stay up to date with the latest developments in Information Technology; - To solve problems, do good work, and be involved in making decisions which help to improve people’s lives. - To earn more money! Professionalism pays;
- To become entrepreneurs in the IT industry. The Institute of Chartered IT Professionals is an organization whose members are individual Professionals. The IT profession in South Africa now requires that professionals be on a professional register.
What we do at ICITP® impacts on the nation positively. Our services shed light on some of the most pressing National issues in the Information Technology Industry. We must pursue the highest levels of corporate responsibility to benefit our stakeholders and ensure our long-term sustainability.
We facilitate competency, recognition, professional practice, value and gender equality in the Media, Information and Communication technology that reduces unemployment, risk, fraud for the industry, governments and, civil society and furthermore, promotes the rule of law and justice, and fosters communities across diverse sectors. So if what we do impacts the nation positively, how we do it matters too. We heard from our members, people and government on the issues they feel are most material to our business. We set relevant objectives and made progress on governance, including getting recognized by the South African Qualification Authority (SAQA). We also mapped internal practice against the South African Women’s Empowerment Principles and Customers. We conduct quality risk assessments to ensure the excellence of our content and services and also conduct comprehensive workplace conditions assessment audits.
We know we can do more and in the year ahead, for the first time, we will set objectives for each of our unique contributions, and share our longer-term vision. We will need the support of all our stakeholders to help us achieve ICITP® collective goals in the year ahead. My personal mission statement is to serve as a leader, live a balanced life, apply ethical principles to create value and make a significant difference. I want to help people find hope after loss and, be the comfort for others that have suffered a loss in their life.