SFIA is based on a two-dimensional framework consisting of areas of work on one axis and levels of responsibility on the other.

IEEE Computer Society adopts SFIA

The IEEE Computer Society has announced its decision to use Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA) as the unifying factor in the assessment of information technology skill levels.

The IEEE Computer Society is the leading computing membership organisation and the trusted information and career-development source for a global workforce of technology leaders including academics, researchers, software engineers, IT professionals, employers, and students.

The Computer Society also provides a range of forums, including technical conferences, publications, and a comprehensive digital library, unique training webinars, professional training, and a Corporate Affiliate Program to help organisations increase their staff’s technical knowledge and expertise.

SFIA provides a common reference model for the identification of the skills needed to develop effective Information Systems (IS) making use of information and communications technologies (ICT). It is based on a two-dimensional framework consisting of areas of work on one axis, and levels of responsibility on the other. The scheme is managed by the SFIA Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation whose members are the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), the BCS (the Chartered Institute for IT), E-skills UK, IMIS, and the IT Service Management Forum UK.

The IEEE Computer Society will use SFIA wherever there is a need for “a clear statement of skills and an unambiguous description of skills level”, says body’s product development associate  David Dante David. “An objective statement of capability is essential when we are awarding qualifications and reviewing membership.”

He adds: “SFIA is used around the world by IT User organisations and by professional bodies, including the Computer Societies in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK.”

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