CIPS uses SFIA (Skills Framework for the Information Age) as it skills framework for its Certification program and IT skills assessment.

SFIA is a technical competency and skills framework that was created to provide a method of mapping an individual’s professional skill level to a set of internationally relevant standard definitions.

The two parts of SFIA structure used for certification are:

  • GENERIC LEVELS OF RESPONSIBILITY
  • SPECIFIC SKILL LEVEL DEFINITIONS

The generic levels define levels of responsibility and competence for IT professionals (from 1 to 7).

The specific skills include definitions of specific ICT “SKILLS”, covering all aspects of the entire spectrum of ICT professional roles and defines each of these within the same 7 levels of responsibility.

The net result – a matric of skills on one axis, competencies on the other.  An IT professional can then identify the skills that relate to their specialities and work out at which competency level they are operating at.

SFIA LEVELS OF RESPONSIBILITY:

SFIA defines 7 levels of responsibility, each defined within the context of AUTONOMY, INFLUENCE, COMPLEXITY and BUSINESS SKILLS. These 7 levels describe the progression of a practitioner from “follow”, being someone in an entry-level position with no discretion and working under close supervision, through to “set strategy/inspire/, mobilise”, being someone with overall responsibility for all aspects of a significant area of work.

VIEW INDIVIDUAL SFIA SKILLS

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