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IITPSA has IP3 accreditation renewed; set to align Code of Conduct with IFIP Code of Ethics
The Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa (IITPSA) has achieved the renewal of its International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) IP3 accreditation for a further five years.
IFIP’s International Professional Practice Partnership (IP3) is a platform to help shape and implement policies to foster professionalism in the global ICT sector.
Moira de Roche, Independent Consultant, IITPSA non-executive director and Social & Ethics Committee Chair, Chair of IFIP IP3, and IFIP Board Director, says the IITPSA completed the process of renewing the accreditation of its professional recognition schemes with flying colours. The IP3 Board approved the recommendation of the Standards and Accreditation Council early in December to extend the accreditation for a further five years unconditionally.
The evaluation process was the first to accredit a SFIA Level 7 designation, recognising the role of Professional CIO (Pr.CIOTM). This designation, a world first at this level, recognises the crucial role played by CIOs in setting and implementing the strategy for enterprises, addressing the needs of the business, the appropriate technology, and the provision of skilled resources to support the integration of technology into the business. This certified designation is specifically aimed at senior practitioners in a CIO (or equivalent) role and was motivated at the request of the CIO Council in South Africa. The Professional Member (PMIITPSA) designation remains appropriate for all other senior practitioners at SFIA Level 5 and above.
Update to ethics code
De Roche notes that the IITPSA Social and Ethics Committee is now set to review the IITPSA’s Code of Conduct to align it with the new IFIP Global Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct for the ICT Sector, which is designed as ‘global conscience of the profession’ to serve as the foundation for codes of ethics across digital disciplines and technologies.
“The IITPSA has always had a solid Code of Conduct, however the Social and Ethics Committee has decided to consider updates to the Code using the new IFIP Code as a starting point,” she says. “It is good practice to ensure that Codes of Conduct and Ethics are updated to make sure that ethics and professionalism are embedded throughout every facet of ICT and there are no loopholes.”
De Roche says: “There are now over 180 codes of ethics around the world in the ICT sector alone, and people tend to create their own codes or pick one that suits them. The IFIP Code is a foundation for ethical decision making and an exemplar everyone can align with and add to, to ensure that every system, technology, and process and related-decision making in the sector is considered through an ethical lens.”
The Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa (IITPSA) has urged a concerted effort to take digital access to every South African, to support youth development and small business growth.
Speaking at the IITPSA’s first online AGM in 2020, IITPSA President Thabo Mashegoane highlighted the Institute’s focus on the development of young ICT professionals and the need to develop a stronger ICT skills pipeline for the country, as well as to extend digital access to all sectors of society.
IITPSA members voted online to elect and/or re-elect the following non-executive Directors: Ulandi Exner, Admire Gwanzura, Rimmon Kisten, Karel Matthee, Kudzayi Chipidza, Senele Goba, Llewellyn Kearns and John Singh.The IITPSA’s office bearers for the 2020/21 year, elected at a board meeting today, remain unchanged, with Thabo Mashegoane as Board Chairperson and President, Admire Gwanzura as Vice President and Karel Matthee as Treasurer.
The IITPSA National Office has moved!
The Institute has now officially moved to a new office location to accommodate our growth and changing business conditions. Our new address is Unit 4, Probuild Commercial Park, 347 James Crescent, Midrand. The new offices will allow us to offer additional products and services as we move forward and beyond the current worldwide crisis.
While current safety concerns mean that we still have only limited access our new premises, we look forward to the time, after the COVID-19 crisis, when all lockdown restrictions are lifted and we emerge as a stronger, more vibrant and more engaging organisation.
Did you know that the professional designation of the Institute – PMIITPSA (Professional Member of IITPSA) is registered by SAQA on the National Qualifications Framework? Did you know that all Professional Members commit to an ongoing programme of CPD (Continuing Professional Development) for the rest of their professional careers?
Did you know that, if you are an IITPSA Full Member in good standing with:
Two or more years continuous IITPSA membership
A three-year ICT related degree (or equivalent)
More than Eight year’s relevant ICT experience
You may meet the requirements to be awarded the grade and designation of Professional Member?
IMPORTANT NOTICE – In-person delivery or collection of documents at IITPSA Offices suspended
Effective immediately, as a precautionary measure around the COVID-19 variant, 501Y.V2, which may have the potential for higher transmissibility, and in order to protect our members, other stakeholders and staff, IITPSA is suspending the in-person collection or delivery of documents, at our offices, until further notice. All documents / membership cards going to South African addresses will be delivered via courier or, under exceptional circumstances, collection may be allowed on a strict appointment basis.
- Behaving in a professional manner and abiding by the codes of conduct and practice of the Institute.
- Continuing to develop oneself through the life-long learning (LLL) and continuing professional development (CPD) programmes.
- Participating in the affairs of the Institute and contributing to the growth and sharing of knowledge and expertise.
- Helping to mentor and guide young people either entering, or already in the profession.
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