GRC is shorthand for IT Governance, Risk Management, and Compliance — an important and increasingly necessary area for IT specialization, particularly for those who aspire to climb into management ranks in the field. France-based multinational MEGA is a leading company in this field, which often goes by the shorthand name of “operational governance,” and has named Patrick Wells (its Director of Business Development) to head a committee now being formed at the Open Compliance and Ethics Group (OCEG, a self-professed “global nonprofit think thank and community”) to develop an architect level certification organized around the its GRC capability model.
Interestingly, OCEG certifications currently fall under the umbrella of an organization named GRC Certify another nonprofit that specializes in helping professionals “demonstrate [their] understanding of GRC standards and methodologies through professional certification.” The group already has a pretty full slate of certifications, as shown in this graphic snipped from their “Get Certified” page:
The GRC Certify offerings already mention professional, auditor, enterprise architect and master-level credentials.
Further exploration of the GRC Enterprise Architect Certification (GRCE) reveals that this credential is “coming in 2013,” so I suspect that the committee that Mr. Wells has been named to head is the same group that will be responsible for defining and promulgating this credential. Since that appears to be the case – I spoke to MEGA’s USA PR person, Daniel Hebda, who confirmed that Mr. Wells is indeed heading this committee, and also left Mr. Wells a message asking for more information about what’s going on here — I’m guessing that this schedule may be challenging enough that a slip into 2014 for the complete program to be defined and an examination to become available wouldn’t be a huge surprise.
Nevertheless, the program and its offerings look very interesting, and are probably worth looking into further for those already toiling in, or interested in moving over into, the governance, risk management, and compliance part of IT operations. As and when I learn more about what’s up with GRC Certify, OCEG, and the GRCE in particular, I’ll report back with more details and information.
[Shout out to Anne Martinez at GoCertify.com, whose 6/26/2013 press release introduced me to this emerging architect-level credential, its parent organizations (OCEG and GRC Certify), and the other credentials in their GRC program.]