IET first to award new ICT qualification
The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has become the first professional body licensed to award the newly-launched ICTTech registration.
ICTTech is an independently-administered competence-based professional qualification for IT and communications technicians who support and maintain the enterprise data- and telecommunications systems.
It is designed to help employers to identify ICT practitioners who hold the ‘soft skills’ they need, while also recognising the technical experience that underpins the role.
“The ICTTech standard allows practitioners to work towards a recognised qualification, marked by post nominals,” says Kel Fidler (pictured, right), chairman of the Engineering Council UK (ECUK), which has licensed IET to award ICTTech. “It is designed to cover a range of jobs which involve facilitating or supporting the use of ICT equipment and applications by others.”
“ICTTech joins the IET’s suite of continuous professional development categories and qualifications – Chartered Engineer, Incorporated Engineer, and Engineering Technician - each is highly valued and recognised as a mark of professional excellence,” adds IET president Chris Earnshaw (pictured, left). “Registration sets a professional ICT Technician apart from technicians who are not registered. Whether specified in job adverts or not, registration as a professional ICT Technician gives an edge to candidates who have achieved recognition”
“ICTTech is the first new registration category on the Engineering Council Register for nearly 35 years,” says Michelle Richmond, IET director of membership and professional development. “It will strengthen professionalism and ethical practice in an important sector of employment, and also enable those working in ICT to work towards a recognised qualification.”