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Survey Results Reinforce the Value of ACS Professional Certifications

Thursday, 12 Dec 2013

Sydney, December 12 2013: Following the 20th annual ACS Employment Survey, analysis of remuneration data and certifications held by survey respondents has today been released by the Australian Computer Society.

In addition to remuneration and employment conditions, survey respondents were asked to identify whether they held an ACS professional certification, vendor certification or no certification at all. Over 2,300 respondents participated in this surveyed area providing statistically significant data.

The survey found that when considering total remuneration packages, those holding Certified Professional status with the Australian Computer Society earned on average 11.4% more than those holding vendor certifications alone, and 15.2% more than those without any certifications.

In releasing the survey findings ACS President Dr Nick Tate commented:

“Professionals purport to have expertise that can be relied upon. ACS Certified Professional status provides assurance that this level of expertise has been independently assessed and confirmed. The remuneration data is validation that the market recognises and values this assurance of expertise.”

Alan Patterson CEO of the ACS added:

“ACS professional certifications are technology agnostic and a reflection of transferrable skills. We recognise that professionals come to a career in ICT from a variety of backgrounds, and so we have been working hard on streamlining common pathways to achieving an ACS certification. We would encourage anyone working in key ICT areas, to undertake a certification assessment and demonstrate their commitment to professionalism in the marketplace.”

Further information

Thomas Shanahan, Australian Computer Society, 0449 902 130

About the Australian Computer Society

The Australian Computer Society (ACS) 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 Society 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 for more information.