BCS has faith in certification

Lloyd, Tom
July 2004
IT Training;Jul/Aug2004, p15
Trade Publication
A recent study of IT projects carried out by the British Computer Society (BCS) and the Royal Academy of Engineering found that only one in five IT projects is truly successful, with the rest going over budget or failing to meet their objectives. One of the reasons for these failures, according to the BCS, is that companies struggle to find people who are capable of managing complex IT projects. This is mainly due to the difficulties in assessing what skills people have. The BCS believes the answer is a recognised qualification, and has just launched its Chartered IT Professional status, aimed at IT practitioners at the top of their field. However, Richard Mallam, the head of IT training at Centrica, says that qualifications have a place. "You can produce documents full of experience that you've allegedly had, but if you've got a qualification, that has to carry weight," he argues. "At the end of the day, it might just get you an initial interview, but at least it would get you that far." INSET: How to become a professional.


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