IET and Microsoft sign membership agreement

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has signed an agreement with global giant Microsoft to provide its certified professionals with an assured fast-track route to IET membership. The agreement enables Microsoft’s certified technical community to access IET membership and benefits.

“There are more than 70,000 Microsoft Certified Professionals (MCP) in the UK: they are vital to the success of the UK’s knowledge-based economy, especially for those organisations seeking to use IT to save money in these difficult economic times,” says Gordon Frazer, Managing Director, Microsoft Ltd and Vice President Microsoft EMEA (pictured, right). “This partnership will enable the MCP community to access the resources of the IET to help them further their careers and enhance their skills.”

Of particular interest to Microsoft certified professionals will be the new ICTTech qualification, launched in January 2009, and only awarded by the IET. ICTTech is a competence-based professional qualification for IT and communications technicians, which assesses not only technical skill levels, but also those interpersonal and professional skills that are important in career development within organisations.

"We are delighted to be working in partnership with Microsoft to provide Microsoft Certified Professionals with a range of IET services and support,” says IET president Chris Earnshaw (pictured, left). “Working together we can drive professional standards across the global IT community.”

The IET and Microsoft certification programme provides easy access to additional information, training and qualifications which are invaluable for continuing professional development and career progression.
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