Professional qualification recognises ICT technician role
The Engineering Council UK has launched new ICT competence-based professional qualification, ICTTech, for the growing ranks of IT and communications technicians who support and maintain enterprise computing resources.
The standard aims to help identify ICT practitioners who hold the technical skills employers need, and strengthen professionalism and ethical practice.
A national register for ICT Technicians has also been created to encourage learning and development of technical competence. The register and the associated standard are owned and regulated by the Engineering Council UK.
The ICTTech standard allows practitioners to work towards a recognised qualification, marked by post nominals, designed to cover a range of jobs which involve facilitating or supporting the use of ICT equipment and applications by others. Registered ICT Technicians are able to configure or maintain ICT systems (hardware and software) to provide satisfactory performance, protection, and quality of service.
ICTTech standard will enable employers, large and small, to recruit those holding the ICT skills they seek. Organisations and individuals will be able to recognise qualified practitioners. The standard will also help businesses to identify skilled ICT support service providers.
“Professional ICT practitioners will be assessed against the standard by experienced peers: to attain ICTTech, practitioners demonstrate their competence in applying technical and practical skills, working responsibly and communicating clearly,” says IBM’s Chris Nott, chair of the ICT Technician Registration Standard Group. “The ICTTech standard will help those requiring technical skills in ICT to more easily identify qualified professionals.”
In gauging the level at which technicians should apply, level 3 of SFIA (Skills Framework of the Information Age) will provide a useful reference. Registration as an ICTTech provides career recognition for those who wish to progress towards other professional qualifications including Chartered IT Professional (CITP).