Issue III

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ICT Certifications for Informatics Professionals

Volume: 2007, No.III

Date: June 2007

Guest Editors: Luis Fernández-Sanz, María-José García-García and Peter Weiß 

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ICT Certifications for Informatics Professionals

The majority of certification systems promise to offer hands-on qualifications that demonstrate competence in the workplace, i.e. mastering specific IT solutions or products and/or technology required for a job role. Recent estimates indicate the existence of more than 850 certifications and more than 200 certification programmes, turning the current certification landscape into a "jungle" of sorts. It makes it difficult for individuals and employers to determine the most suitable certificate and programme. Among the most prominent and leading certification providers are ICT vendors, e.g. Microsoft, Cisco, Oracle, IBM, Sun, Novell, Adobe, etc. They offer industry or product-related certifications, e.g. Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD), Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), or Adobe Certified Expert (ACE). Certifications have also been developed by the open source community, e.g. Red Hat (Red Hat Certified Engineer and Technician) and credentials granted by the Linux Professional Institute (e.g. Senior Level Administration LPIC-3). Moreover, certifications are issued by professional or industry associations such as the IEEE Computer Society, CompTIA, CEPIS, etc. Nowadays certifications are granted increasingly on a national level by multi-stakeholder consortia that are led by national governmental bodies and their agencies, as e.g. AITTS by CertIT in Germany. Altogether, this provides us with clear indication of a sustained credentialing system that operates globally and independent of national authorities and formal education systems, which is reason enough to highlight this special issue in order to get to the bottom of certification systems. Today, certification systems offer a recognisable system and infrastructure for learners. Evidently, there is a strong link between IT professionalism and certifications.

CEPIS News in this issue provides information about CEPIS' most recent progress across different projects that the organisation has become involved in. The UPgrade European NETwork includes a paper from Asociación de Técnicos de Informática (ATI), the CEPIS Member Society in Spain.


The following papers are included in this issue:

  • E-Skills Competences in Europe: A Partnership to Deliver Sustainable Value by Hugo Lueders
  • The International IT Professional Practice Programme by Charles Hughes and Colin Thompson
  • The Demand Context: the IT Professional Labour Market by Matthew Dixon
  • Certifications for Software Professionals Helps to Assure Safety, Reliability in Vital Systems by Jefferson Welch
  • Survey of ICT Certification Systems for ICT Professionals in Europe by Roman Povalej and Peter Weiß
  • Perception of Education and Personal Accreditations by IT Professionals in Spain by María-José García-García and Luis Fernández-Sanz
  • ontoReadiness: A meta-Ontology for Readiness Certification and Career Portability by Michael L.Brown, Karsten O. Lundquist, Shirley Williams and Keith Baker