CEPIS Revamps Free Online Tool to Assess ICT Professionals’ Skills

The Council of European Professional Informatics Societies (CEPIS) has launched a new version of its free online tool for assessing ICT skills, following last month’s introduction of a new European standard for ICT professionals. The CEPIS e-Competence Benchmark allows current and future ICT professionals to identify the competences they need for various ICT roles and career paths.

CEPIS Secretary General, Fiona Fanning, said, "Companies can use the CEPIS e-Competence Benchmark to assess both individuals and entire departments, and identify workforce competence gaps. This will enable efficient personnel planning and development, as well as help to address the distressing ICT skills gap in Europe."

The new CEPIS e-Competence Benchmark was launched to comply with version 3.0 of the European e-Competence Framework (e-CF). This version provides a reference of 40 competences that apply to the ICT workplace. It describes the skills and knowledge requirements of ICT professionals at five proficiency levels. The e-CF, which became a European standard in April, was developed under the umbrella of the CEN Workshop on ICT Skills, through a process of collaboration between experts and stakeholders from across Europe.

The CEPIS e-Competence Benchmark provides users with a personal competence gap analysis that compares their competences against those required for a range of European ICT professional profiles. It gives users an increased awareness of their strengths and weaknesses, and therefore helps them better identify training and professional development opportunities. This enables individuals to plan their career development and make informed decisions about further education. Ultimately, this will fuel European labour market mobility.

The CEPIS e-Competence Benchmark, and other tools like it, will be discussed at the IT Professionalism Europe conference, to be hosted by CEPIS on 16 June 2016, in Amsterdam. The first conference of its kind, it will seek to catalyse the professionalisation of IT personnel and showcase best practice in managing, developing and assessing IT staff in Europe.

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