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ICTTech frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Frequently asked questions relating to ICT Technician (ICTTech).

Is ICTTech recognised by the IT industry?

Yes – many major employers in the ICT/IT sector encourage their staff to achieve professional recognition as an IT practitioner. ICTTech is driven by industry to promote individual professionalism. As the industry has matured, standards such as ICTTech, ITIL and SFIA have developed.

If I ask my line manager will they know what ICTTech is?

If your line manager is aware of current developments in the industry then they should know that standards such as ICTTech, ITIL and SFIA are emerging to assist the principles of IT professionals and the industry.

I've been working successfully for many years – why should I apply for it now?

Who knows what the next step in your career will be, and when you will need ICTTech in order to demonstrate skills and competence? As the IT industry matures, employers will increasingly wish to apply standards to the processes and roles within it. ICTTech offers independent verification of your competence in ICT and may be useful as your career continues to develop and perhaps broaden. This is a relatively new professional qualification and we believe it will be the global standard for ICT practitioners and technicians in the future.

Will I be able to earn more money when I get ICTTech?

You will be more attractive as an employee; of course we can't guarantee that you will earn more money but research does show that the earnings of engineers and technicians with professional qualifications perform well against other professions.

How will ICTTech help my career?

ICTTech is a measure of your overall competence, including academic and work experience, as an ICT practitioner. It also confirms your professional approach to your work and assures employers of your commitment to standards.

I already hold vendor qualifications – why should I register as an ICTTech as well?

A vendor certificate will define your technical competence in a particular technology; ICTTech will confirm your conduct and approach in all areas of your work.

By registering as an ICTTech you demonstrate, through the letters after your name, that you can use your technical knowledge, you have good communication and interpersonal skills; in short, that you are an ICT professional with business skills that others cannot demonstrate. ICTTech shows that you are more than just your vendor qualifications. 

I'm not a technician – is it relevant to me?

The requirements for ICTTech apply to a range of roles in ICT. Some can have the job role 'technician' attached to them, but ICTTech is equally applicable to many more generic roles including IT manager, practitioner, engineer, as well as specific roles such as tester, developer, etc.

We already have an internal appraisal system in our company to judge our competence – why should I get ICTTech?

ICTTech and SFIA can be part of the defining standards for roles and tasks used within your company; many employers are now doing that. ICTTech should be part of your career development plans giving you an independent verification that will move with you as your career develops and you change jobs or even employers.

I don’t hold any IT qualifications – can I apply?

Yes – the award of ICTTech does not demand a particular underpinning academic qualification, but an applicant must be able to demonstrate that they have the necessary knowledge for the level and area that they operate in – this can be knowledge gained through work, training courses or self study. (Examples of vendor qualifications or skills definitions can be found in SFIA Level 3). If you have completed an ICT advanced apprenticeship or NQF/QCF Level 3 (SCQF 6) these can also help to demonstrate your underpinning knowledge.

I have a degree in computing but work as a technician at the moment – can I become an ICTTech?

Yes – your degree will more than provide the underpinning knowledge that we seek, and as long as your experience satisfies the requirements specified, you can achieve ICTTech. You have the additional advantage that as your experience develops, you will be able to progress to higher qualifications such as Incorporated Engineer or Chartered Engineer.

How do I know if I'm ready?

You can seek advice and guidance from a professional registration advisor. In order to be awarded ICTTech you must provide evidence of each of the competence statements specified in the ICTTech Standard [new window]. The areas include: the underpinning knowledge for the areas that you work in; ability to communicate with the team, organisation or customer; application of standards to health and safety, environment/sustainability; and your own development as a professional practitioner. 

How long will the process take?

Once we receive your application and assessment fee, the process will generally take around 12 weeks.

How much experience do I need?

Although no particular time is specified, it is unlikely that the necessary experience can be achieved in less than two years.

Do I need to be a member first?

Yes – TMIET is probably the most appropriate category. Join the IET.

I can’t find anyone professionally qualified in my company to sign my form – what should I do?

You should seek the most technically qualified person who knows something about your work; we will accept your application no matter what level they are, but we will need to verify the technical content of your application, and that will be easier with a better qualified supporter.

I’ve applied but just changed/or am planning to change my job – what do I do?

You should explain this in your application form; you will probably provide most evidence of competence from previous jobs.

I've been made redundant – will this affect my application?

The assessors are looking for evidence of current competence, so if your redundancy is recent, then current competence should not be affected. As long as you can demonstrate that you are maintaining your knowledge, your application will be assessed on its merits.

How does ICTTech relate to SFIA?

The Skills Framework for the Information Age [new window] (SFIA) is used to help define the ICTTech Standard (skills should be demonstrated at Level 3 and above). SFIA is the best known skills framework in IT and is used by governments and major employers globally.

What is the difference between ICTTech and CITP?

Practitioners who hold the ICTTech award can, with suitable career development, progress towards a range of other professional qualifications which include IEng, CEng and CITP. ICTTech is characterised by SFIA Level 3; CITP reflects the higher levels of ICT/IT skills defined in Level 5 of SFIA.

How is the IET different from the BCS?

We have a broader approach to technologies that underpin and support IT in areas such as networking, power supplies, electronic and component manufacturing. The BCS tends to limit its scope to the IT industry. Both institutions have many members in common; however we are currently the only institution with a licence from the Engineering Council to award ICTTech.

Need help?

We will do as much as we can to support you with any aspect of your application, so please get in touch if you need help and advice.

 

Tel: +44 (0) 1438 767 333
Email: icttech@theiet.org