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ACS delivers a world leading, internationally recognised certification framework that provides business, government and consumers with assurance that specialist expertise has been independently assessed and validated.

Pathways to Certification

Pathways to Certification

ACS provides two levels of professional certification:


ACS was the first international computer society to become accredited under International Professional Practice Partnership (IP3). As such, ACS members attaining Certified Professional status are also entitled to use the IP3 post-nominal IP3P.

ACS professional certifications are technology agnostic, recognising transferable skills and competencies. Applicants must also commit to a code of ethics, a code of professional practice, and continuing professional development (CPD).

CPD is mandatory for all certified ACS members. Certified Professionals (CP) must complete 30 CPD hours per year, while Certified Technologists (CT) must complete and report 20 CPD hours each year. Upon being awarded either certification, applicants may download the applicable logo below to include on their business cards.

Certified ACS members must be able to demonstrate if requested, their commitment to professional development through written evidence of their CPD activities.


To become a Certified Professional or a Certified Technologist, you will need to undergo a formal Certification Assessment. This assessment will analyse your skills and competencies as demonstrated by your education and experience.

An individual must be an ACS Member before applying for certification and you can apply for ACS Membership and Certification at the same time. This is a competency certification, so there are no exams or study required.


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Steve Godbee

Steve Godbee

Chief Information Officer – Australia and New Zealand, IBM Australia


"ICT practitioners can be recognised both nationally and internationally as true professionals, through meeting and maintaining a global standard of ICT professionalism. This is a major step forward for the ICT profession and something we should all capitalise on."