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Skills framework for IT (SFIA)

The SFIA framework can help an individual to identify skills that they need to develop in order to progress their career.

Skills Framework IT (SFIA)

The IET is a founder member of the SFIA [new window] Foundation.  SFIA is an independent body that has developed a framework to provide a common reference model for the identification of the skills needed to develop effective Information Systems (IS) making use of Information Communications Technologies (ICT). It is a simple and logical two-dimensional framework consisting of areas of work on one axis and levels of responsibility on the other.
Using a common language and a sensible, logical structure that can be adapted to the training and development needs of a very wide range of businesses – or simply used ‘off the shelf’.
SFIA enables employers of IT professionals to carry out a range of HR activities against a common framework of reference - including skill audit, planning future skill requirements, development programmes, standardisation of job titles and functions, and resource allocation.


It is easily accessible to:

  • ICT practitioners and users
  • employers
  • education and training providers
  • government

The Framework can help an individual to identify skills that they need to develop in order to progress their career. The different levels of SFIA have also been mapped to the IET’s professional awards .