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Jun 2 2008   5:32PM GMT

Skills Framework for the Information Age

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The skills framework information below was contained within a 5/30/2008 email to CIPS members from the Chair of the Canadian Council of Information Technology Professionals. For information about the Information Systems Professional designation, or the new Canadian IT Profession designation, contact (Gina is the CIPS Professional Standards Manager).

*International Information Technology Professional (IITP) Designation –

The first-ever IITP designation will be offered by CIPS in partnership with the International Federation of Information Processing Society – IFIP (a United Nations/UNESCO consultative body), and its global association partners when the IITP designation is launched world-wide in 2009.  (CIPS is Canada‘s representative in IFIP.)  The IITP designation will be offered to more than 30 million IT practitioners around the world. 

** Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA) –

Level 5: ensure, advise


Works under broad direction. Full accountability for own technical work or project/supervisory responsibilities. Receives assignments in the form of objectives. Establishes own milestones, team objectives and delegates assignments. Work is often self-initiated.


Influences organization, customers, suppliers and peers within industry on contribution of specialization. Significant responsibility for the work of others and for the allocation of resources. Decisions impact on success of assigned projects i.e. results, deadlines and budget. Develops business relationships with customers.


Challenging range – variety of complex technical or professional work activities. Work requires application of fundamental principles in a wide and often unpredictable range of contexts. Understands relationship between specialization and wider customer/organizational requirements.

Business Skills

Advises on the available standards, methods, tools and applications in own area of specialization and can make correct choices from alternatives. Can analyze, diagnose, design, plan, execute and evaluate work to time, cost and quality targets. Communicates effectively, formally and informally, with colleagues, subordinates and customers. Demonstrates leadership. Clear understanding of the relationship between own area of responsibility/specialization to the employing organization and takes customer requirements into account when making proposals. Takes initiative to keep skills up to date. Maintains awareness of developments in the industry. Can analyze user requirements and advise users on scope and options for operational improvement. Demonstrates creativity and innovation in applying IT solutions for the benefit of the user.

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