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NZCS joins International IP3 Partnership

NZCS joins International IP3 Partnership

International Professional Practice Partnership (IP3) and NZ Computer Society Inc (NZCS)

20 May 2009
For Immediate Release

The International Professional Practice Partnership (IP3), created under the auspices of IFIP to help define the global ICT profession, and New Zealand Computer Society (NZCS), announced today that NZCS has joined the global IP3 partnership.

The IP3 partnership governs the International professional ICT standard and accredits member countries’ national ICT certification programmes which meet this standard.

Since its inception in January 2007 the IP3 initiative has made significant progress and is steadily working towards achieving its vision where the enormous potential of IT is exploited to fully deliver the maximum benefit to the greatest number of people.

“NZCS joining the partnership is the first step in gaining formal international recognition of their upcoming ITCP Certification Programme for IT Professionals”, Roger Hart, IP3 Acting Chair said today. “This will also significantly increase the credibility of NZ companies with ITCP certified professionals on staff when competing on the world stage.”

“Alignment with the IP3 standard will add significant weight to the NZCS ITCP Certification and should contribute to Government and other organisations insisting on certified professionals independently accredited to the international standard”, NZCS CEO Paul Matthews said.

NZCS have focused heavily on projects designed to lift the profession in New Zealand over the last 18 months, culminating in the announcement of the “Information Technology Certified Professional”, or ITCP, certification in early 2009 (

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NZCS joins founding members the Australian Computer Society (ACS), British Computer Society (BCS), Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS), and IEEE-CS (USA) to become the first non-founding member of the IP3 partnership. A significant number of other countries’ ICT professional bodies are also expected to join over the coming months.

There has been noteworthy global interest in the IP3 effort which last year culminated in the IP3 accreditation of the Australian Computer Society and the Canadian Information Processing Society, which are now each able to confer the IP3 international professional standard.

IP3 encourages all IT professional bodies who aspire towards actively promoting professionalism in IT to join the Partnership, whether or not accreditation is the end goal. By joining IP3, NZCS have demonstrated their commitment to advancing the ICT profession both in New Zealand and globally. “With our international partners and through IP3, we’re all working together to further the interests of the global ICT profession” Matthews said.

“We are very pleased that NZCS has joined IP3”, said Hart. “We are actively encouraging all ICT-related professional societies with a commitment to professionalism to join IP3 as part of our objective of building a global ICT profession. This will be to the benefit of all stakeholders, but especially the ICT practitioners and their employers”.


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