IET and BCS ink historic agreement to work together

The Institution of Engineering and Technology and the British Computer Society have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the intention of improving the service to members, and increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of the Institution and Society in pursuing their Charter objectives.

The Institution of Engineering and Technology and the British Computer Society have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the intention of improving the service to members and increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of the Institution and Society in pursuing their Charter objectives.

The MoU coincides with a growing awareness in the IT industry of the importance of professionalism and a demand for IT industry-specific formal standards. As part of the partnership, both organisations will work to cross promote their activities, including events, products and services.

As well as cross-promotion work, the MoU also supports the opportunities for the BCS and IET to work collaboratively in continuing their work generating and disseminating knowledge across the engineering, technology and ICT professional communities, conducting research into the concerns of those communities, issuing joint policy statements and working together on public engagement issues.

A central element of the MoU is the joint development and promotion of Professional Status across the profession. Both organisations will now work towards a point in time where the IET will be able to confer Chartered IT Professional (CITP) status to eligible members in partnership with the BCS. This represents a decision by BCS to open out its chartered status for IT professionals to other awarding bodies.

"[Making] CITP more widely available is a major step," says David Clarke, BCS chief executive. "Our trustees have taken this decision in the interests of the profession and see it as an important step towards achieving the aims of the BCS professionalism in IT initiative. IET is the ideal partner to help us to reach this goal."

"Around a quarter of the IET's 153,000 members work in ICT, so we understand both the aspirations of individuals and businesses on this issue," says Robin McGill, chief executive of the IET. "We are committed to promoting professionalism in the ICT community and collaborating with those organisations that share our vision."

Image: Left to right: Robin McGill IET chief executive, John Loughhead IET president, Rachel Burnett BCS president, David Clarke BCS chief executive

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