In 2008 CIPS introduced the Information Technology Certified Professional (ITCP). The ITCP designation is directed specifically to senior IT practitioners and academics who want to demonstrate to their employer, their clients, their students and their partners that in addition to their IT knowledge, they understand how to effectively utilize and apply their organizational experience to achieving organizational excellence. 

ITCP Entry Routes

The ITCP Certification includes a number of different routes to Certification, each representing a different background by which an IT professional may have reached ITCP level. Click Here to view the required years of experience based on your education, and other application routes.

ITCP Requirements and Application:

Current CIPS Membership and adherence to the CIPS Code of Ethics and Standards of conduct Conduct;

Certification Application Review Fee Payment 

Pass the CIPS Ethics Exam

At least 1,000 hours of IT work experience in last 12 months

References for last 2 years

ITCP Application

Experience Requirements:

An ITCP applicant will:

a) Have spent at least the last 24 months in a role that demonstrates that they:

Broad Technical Understanding of IT

Demonstrated mastery of the CIPS Body of Knowledge (BOK) is the benchmark that is used to assess the depth and breadth of an applicant’s IT knowledge.

Mastery of the BOK:

  • Defined as the ability to demonstrate performance and application of knowledge and skills to perform a required skill or activity to a specific predetermined level in a particular area or areas of the BOK.
  • Permits varying degrees of knowledge of and competency of the components of the BOK, provided overall mastery is maintained.
  • Allows competency to be manifested in different ways by individuals with different career paths.

Measuring Competence

An individual’s competence in an IT specialization is measured by means of the SFIA framework (Click here for French SFIA documentation). The framework is divided into the following main six IT areas:

  • Strategy and Architecture
  • Business Change
  • Solutions Development and Implementation
  • Service Management
  • Procurement and Management Support
  • Client Interfaces

Each area is then sub-divided into specific categories (i.e. Business Change includes Business Change Implementation, Business Change Management and Relationships Management). Each category then provides a variety of competency levels. Applicants are assessed against the framework’s Level 4 and Level 5 competencies. General (non- specialized) IT work experience is assessed at SFIA Level 4 and specialized IT work experience is assessed at Level 5.

Measuring Autonomy and Responsibility

All applicants need to demonstrate they are working or are capable of working at SFIA Level 5. The application process will allow applicants to demonstrate their level of autonomy and influence within their work related activities. The complexity of work will become evident from the information provided via the description of work activities (in both general and specialized areas). Business skills are a key component of the ITCP standard and applicants, through a series of questions in the application, will be asked to demonstrate evidence of these skills.


Once approved for the ITCP Certification, Re-Certification is required every 3 years. Click Here to Learn more.

Click Here for the Decision Appeal Process

Don’t have the required IT Experience for the ITCP? Apply for the AITP Designation!

If you have the required IT University or College education for the ITCP but don’t yet possess the required IT experience, you may qualify for “Candidate Membership” and the AITP designation!