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CERTIFICATION

A world leading professional certification framework, assuring business, government and consumers that specialist expertise has been independently assessed and validated.

Complimentary Assessment Offer* available to Associate Members until 30 June 2020

Complimentary Assessment Offer* for Associate Members until 30 June 2020!


ACS is providing complimentary certification assessments* to make sure ACS members are best placed to navigate a labour market highly disrupted due to COVID-19.

 

*What is the offer?

  • Fee-paying Associate members can apply for a free assessment for CP or CT (normally $315) until 30 June 2020
  • Fee-paying Associate members with CT certification may apply for CP assessment but the offer does not extend to Cyber Security certifications
  • The offer is not available to student members and is open to Australian permanent residents only
  • The usual application requirements and assessment standards apply

 

AM I ELIGIBLE FOR THIS OFFER?

  • Those with free Associate memberships are not generally eligible other than those with an unemployed concession
  • Fee-paying Associate members who have Australian permanent residency but are working overseas are eligible for the offer
  • Associate members on Graduate concessions with one or two years’ professional experience may meet the criteria for CT or CP, but others may not
  • To check if you are at the required level scroll down to the links ‘View the pathway to Certified Professional’ or ‘View the pathway to Certified Professional’
  • If in doubt or for special consideration refer ‘Enquiries’ below

 

wHY BECOME A CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL (cp)?

  • Demonstrate that you are a rounded professional with competence in your field, breadth of ICT knowledge and commitment to ethical practice and lifelong learning
  • Complement your qualifications, vendor certificates and on-the-job learning with an overarching ACS badge of professionalism
  • Be part of a growing group of ICT professionals increasingly recognized by employers, clients and government bodies 
  • Support professionalism in ICT and help grow public recognition for ICT professionals
  • Future-proof yourself for market expectations of ICT credentials
  • Be protected by a special ACS member insurance policy and capped liabilities under a Professional Standards Scheme

 

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

You will be asked to demonstrate competence in your field, breadth of ICT knowledge and professionalism.

  • Your qualifications and professional practice history will be reviewed
  • You will be assessed to international and Australian standards for skills and knowledge
  • You will need to upload a curriculum vitae and documents verifying qualifications and career episodes (scroll down to ‘Supporting Evidence Required’ for details)
  • You will need to nominate two referees who are able to verify your capabilities
  • You need to be available for phone or video interview
  • For details refer to the ACS Certification Guidelines

 

how do i apply?  

Click “Apply Now” below for requirements, noting that:

  • We accept high quality colour copies in place of certified copies of qualifications
  • Employment Documentation can include a listing of main roles and responsibilities for each role (scroll down to 'Supporting Evidence Required' for details)
  • Uploaded evidence must be in pdf format and cannot be omitted; if no supporting documents exist for an experience episode please upload a blank pdf document entitled “No supporting documents”

 

WHY DO WE NEED CERTIFICATION AND PROFESSIONALISM IN ICT?

  • ICT professionals have expert knowledge and skills but do not enjoy the recognition or influence of more established professions
  • ICT professionals manage critical functions and major public risks but in the absence of public trust others will make the big decisions
  • Professionalism in the ICT sector may avoid future problems and regulatory impositions as in financial planning, banking and construction 

 

WHAT IS THE VALUE OF ACS CERTIFICATION TO EMPLOYERS? 

  • Develop your people and strengthen your ICT capability through ACS certification
  • Take leadership in professionalising the ICT sector
  • Future-proof your organisation for client and government expectations of ICT credentials

 

CAN AN ACADEMIC BECOME A CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL (CP)?

  •  Absolutely; for teaching academics the SFIA Framework includes skills in Learning Design and Development, Learning Delivery and Teaching and Subject Formation
  • For research academics the SFIA Framework includes skills in Research, Innovation and Knowledge Management
  • ACS membership enables industry linkage and awareness of contemporary practice
  • ACS certification is a commitment to connecting academic practice with professional practice

 

To find out more, read the ACS Certification Guidelines  or check the FAQs below. 

 

Enquiries

Contact the ACS Certification Team

 


 

CP & CT

Increase your professional power and gain international recognition and transferability for your ICT skills and competencies.

Cyber Security

Frontline your profession and show the market you have the skills and experience to tackle any cyber security challenge.

Safety Critical Systems

Meet the demand in life and safety critical systems and strengthen the faith of your customers when working in this environment.

ACS was the first computer society to be accredited under the International Professional Practice Partnership (IP3). Members who attain Certified Professional status can use the post-nominal IP3P and download the applicable logo below for your business stationery.

ACS professional certifications are technology agnostic, recognising transferable skills and competencies. Once certified, members must comply with the Code of EthicsCode of Professional Practice and Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Certified Professionals (CP) must complete 30 CPD hours per year.

Certified Technologists (CT) must complete 20 CPD hours each year.

Certified members may be requested to demonstrate commitment to professional development via written evidence of CPD activities. 

Further - qualifying CP members will come under a Professional Standards Scheme. This gives CP members professional recognition from Australian federal, state and territory governments. The scheme distinguishes ACS CP members from others in ICT who have not made the commitment to demonstrate professional competence and ongoing commitment to ethical practice.

The ACS PS Scheme covers ICT professional services performed for clients and customers by practitioners on an independent basis, or on behalf of an employer. For applicable ACS members, liability can be limited to AUD$2.0 million”.

 

Certified Professional
ACS Cyber Security Certification
Certified Technologist
ACS Cyber Security Certification

APPLY FOR CERTIFICATION TODAY

To become a CP or CT, a formal certification assessment is required to determine your skills and competencies in light of your education and experience. 

To apply for professional certification, you need to be an ACS member. You can apply for both at the same time.

Being competency-based certifications, there are no exams or study required. 

 

Apply Now
TESTIMONIAL

Dinkar Sharma, MACS Snr CP (Cyber Security), Bach.IT, Dip. Operational Leadership

ICT QA Manager, Department of Human Services

 

"I believe, when it comes to nation’s safety, cyber security should be everyone’s business. 

This new certification program will increase the awareness of cyber security issues, and lead to improvements in the associated professional standards of all involved."

 

— Dinkar Sharma

TESTIMONIAL

Raymond Frangie, MACS CP (Cyber Security)

Senior Cyber Security Consultant, Norman Disney & Young, A Tetra Tech Company

 

"The first thing clients and recruiters ask for, are industry certifications to demonstrate competency for the job. As with ICT in general, when it comes to Cyber Security certifications, the choices are vast, but most fail to address the “business" aspect of being certified. The Cyber Security specialism from ACS is the only certification that can address this, by targeting the business skills required, in accordance with the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA).

As an ACS member and the first ACS Certified Professional (Cyber Security) in New South Wales, I can confidently demonstrate that I have both the technical skills and business skills to perform successfully in any project or organisation. A combination that keeps me in demand, and an essential differentiator in today’s competitive landscape."

 

— Raymond Frangie

TESTIMONIAL

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."

 

— Steve Godbee

 

PROFILE: CP (Cyber Security)

Dr Roland Padilla, FACS CP (Cyber Security)

Team Leader - Compliance Management ICT Security Management ICT Security Branch | CTO Division | CIOG | Department of Defence

 

Process of acquiring my CP status?

Acquiring my CP status has been a relatively long journey. While the process for the Cyber Security CP specialism, including paperwork submission to successful outcome, has been less than a month, my professional journey from an associate member to an ACS Fellow CP (Cyber Security) has been nearly a decade. Thus far, this achievement has been a rewarding experience.

 

How you feel it will benefit your career?

As an Australian Public Servant, I am accountable under broad direction to undertake complex information security activities. I work within a framework of legislation, policy, established principles, work practices and procedures in accordance with the agency’s mission and business objectives. As a Team Leader, I exercise initiative and experience to monitor the application and compliance of security operations for actual or potential security breaches. This certification will demonstrate to the broader community a level of experience, knowledge and trustworthiness.

 

Need for this type of certification in the current IT industry?

This professional certification is indeed a benchmark not only in Australia but also in the world, and demonstrates that respective holders of this CP specialism have undergone a rigorous ‘peer-reviewed’ process.

 

— Dr Roland Padilla

 

Dr Roland Padilla has made a distinguished contribution to the ICT community over the last decade through his passionate and knowledgeable advocacy for cloud computing. Dr Padilla established a cloud computing community of practice in Victoria promoting the disciplined adoption of this technology as it emerged. He has translated that passion and foresight into leading academic publications in the area and in developing significant strategies for cloud computing in highly-sensitive environments. These contributions and his leadership in the cloud computing community in Australia have been supplementary to his career in ICT security in Australia, and eventually receiving a Fellows Award from the Australian Computer Society.