Industry bodies unite to lift IT standards

Tertiary courses designed to combat unprofessionalism

The Australian Computer Society (ACS) and the CIO Executive Council have announced they will band together to push tertiary education courses for chief information officers (CIOs).

The courses will focus on mitigating risk for employers, maintaining high ethical standards and values and improving the industry's image among potential ICT students.

ACS president Philip Argy said he was pleased the ACS and the CIO Executive Council are "united in their pursuit of benchmarking a level of competency for CIOs".

"Developing universal standards of professionalism for all ICT workers will mitigate risk and assure foreign investors of our industry's quality," Argy said.

"The need for high standards of professionalism and standards of conduct in our industry has become paramount.

"Our ultimate goal is that you can identify an ICT professional's credentials in the same way as you would identify the credentials of a doctor, lawyer or accountant.

"The CIO Executive Council's collaboration with the ACS is an important step towards raising the profile of ICT professionals and highlighting the importance of CIOs to the Australian economy."

Con Colovos, executive director of the CIO Executive Council, said most CIOs today are asked to make strategic business contributions in the boardroom.

However, there is no regulated or formally recognized accreditation program to provide endorsement to practicing CIOs within industry.

The CIO Executive Council is a division of IDG, the publisher of Computerworld.

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