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New accreditation service to boost talent pipeline for Australia’s digital and knowledge economies

MEDIA RELEASE - New accreditation service to boost talent pipeline for Australia’s digital and knowledge economies

 

Sydney, March 15, 2016: The ACS – The peak body for Australia’s ICT profession – has today announced a new accreditation service for post graduate ICT programs of study.

For close to twenty years, ACS professional accreditation has been the most prevalent, recognisable and independent stamp on program quality in ICT education for University programs that prepare students for initial professional practice.

The new service providing Advanced Professional Accreditation complements the current offering by extending the reach into post graduate education.

President of the ACS, Anthony Wong commented:

“On the back of our collaborative works with Deloitte Access Economics on Australia’s Digital Pulse and the CSIRO on Tomorrow’s Digitally Enabled Workforce, the evidence base is clear. In order to maintain our traditionally high standards of living, Australia will increasingly require greater access to high level technical skills.”

“This new service is our way of ensuring we provide appropriate indicators to students considering their study options, and to assure the talent pipeline is encouraged into the areas Australia needs to thrive in the digital economy.”

To apply for Advanced Professional Accreditation, Universities are required to structure their program so that students have a clear progression to higher skilled job roles equivalent to level 5 in the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA).

SFIA is the most commonly used ICT competency framework across the world.  It defines the skills required to perform job roles across all aspects of ICT.

 

Further information

Thomas Shanahan, ACS, 0449 902 130

 

About the ACS

The ACS (Australian Computer Society) is the professional association for Australia's Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector. Over 20,000 ACS members work in business, education, government and the community. The ACS exists to create the environment and provide the opportunities for members and partners to succeed. The ACS strives for ICT professionals to be recognised as drivers of innovation in our society, relevant across all sectors, and to promote the formulation of effective policies on ICT and related matters. Visit www.acs.org.au for more information.