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About us 22,000 members We are the association for ICT professionals Member of Professional Standards Council & Professions Australia University ICT course accreditation – over 200 across 39 universities Skills assessment Federal Government’s Professional Year Program Modern Awards – Professional Employee Awards Policy advice to government and industry
What we do• We provide internationally recognised, independent certification and support for all ICT practitioners in Australia.• We create the environment and provide the opportunities for our members to be recognised and succeed.• We support all ICT practitioners across all industries, nationally and internationally.• We work in Government, Education and Commercial sectors.
What makes us tick• We strive for ICT to be recognised as a driver of innovation in our society, relevant across all sectors.• We are passionate about being the guardians of ICT professional standards and ethics• Our goal is to enable our members realise their professional ambitions and be the best they can be.
Core ServicesProfessional Recognition• Certification (Individual Members)• Accreditation of ICT Qualifications• Skills AssessmentProfessional Development• Education & Training• Career Pathway Guidance and Support_Formal Networking• Forums, Special Interest Groups• Conferences
Member Personal BenefitsRewards Program• Ambassador Card• ACS AMEX Gold Credit Card• Information Age Magazine• PC Authority Magazine• AMP Affinity Banking package• Professional Indemnity Insurance• Discounts on IT Products and Services
Membership FeesAs of 1 January 2013, the ACS Membership fee structure saw a slightincrease; Description Living within Australia (incl. GST) Associate, Member, Senior Member, Fellow $330 Full-time Student $60 1st Year Graduate $60 2nd Year Graduate $165 Unemployed $60 Retired $60 Certification Application Fee $330
You and the ACSThe ACS is recognised by government as the independentProfessional Association for ICT in Australia.The ACS provides the same legislative recognition for ICT Professionalsafforded to professionals such as: accountants, lawyers and engineers.An ICT professional is recognised by government as being anACS Certified Professional (CP).This is the ICT professional benchmark
Why does the Marketneed Professional Certification?ReassuranceProfessional Certification will provide the marketreassurance they’re getting: A capable individual An ethical service Differentiated quality
What is SFIA?• SFIA is recognised as ‘the’ ICT skills definitions framework – used in over 100 countries.• It provides consistent, unambiguous clear definitions of ICT based skills.• It was developed and is maintained by the ICT profession, solely for the ICT sector.
ACS Certified Technologist (CT)The Certified Technologist (CT) focuses predominantlyon the practical application of ICT.A CT may be an expert in installing, testing andmonitoring particular systems or applications. CT mayalso be an ICT professional early in their career.• Reliable• Trustworthy• Represent less risk• Disciplined
ACS Certified Professional (CP)A CP demonstrates competencies in a wide varietyof products, technologies, industries, architecturesand business skills.They focus on using ICT to add value to organisations.They are question setters, innovators and go beyondsolving clients problems.CP’s are recognised locally and globally. Theyrepresent less risk and a capability and commitmentto deliver a higher standard of ICT.
What does CP give you?1. Risk Mitigation As Certified Computer Professional Capped limited liability & lower professional indemnity insurance rates2. Differentiation & Recognition Differentiation between non certified ICT practitioners Recognition of ACS CP by business and government is growing
ACS Certification Program Forums & Information Certification SIG’s Conferences Source Training Pathways StartProfessional CertifiedDevelopment Professional Online Skills & Career Mentoring Networking Courses Competencies Pathways
Retaining your Certification statusMembers are required to commit to continuingprofessional development (CPD).• CT 20 hours CPD per year• CP 30 hours CPD per year
Continuing Professional DevelopmentSpecial Interest Groups• Networking with your peers• Leadership• Keep up to date with latest trends• Education• Engagement
Continuing Professional Development• Events • Branch Forums, SIGs, SEARCC, Endorsed, Partnered (Recruitment, Contracting, Vendors, Education)• Professional Development Courses• Specific Networking Functions • i.e. International Women’s Day Breakfast, ACS Leader’s Breakfasts, Cocktail Functions, Young IT Special Events• Conferences • National • Branches
ACS Certification ProgramNon ACS activities can be used to accumulate CPD hours• Attending courses (internal and external)• Attending industry conferences• Reading relevant material• Online education• Soft skills development (e.g.) • Project management • Public speaking • ICT budget techniques