An eminent individual will be recognised and acknowledged across the IT community for their leadership.
They should have wide knowledge or expertise in a particular field and have made a significant contribution to advancing the knowledge and understanding of one or more specialisms identified in SFIA. Normally an eminent individual would have a substantial and respected record of publication and public speaking. Examples of this include:
An authoritative individual is recognised and respected for their knowledge and expertise which may be in a particular specialism. This may be demonstrated by:
BCS uses the IT skills competency standard SFIA at Level 7 to define Seniority. It is described in terms of Autonomy, Influence, Complexity and Business Skills. Applicants must be at SFIA Level 7 in each of the competencies to follow this route.
Within the Seniority category an individual is considered to be at a senior level where they possess IT responsibility for an area. An individual should be able to demonstrate a clear career progression to this position and have held it for several years. Some possible examples may be:
"To me, a fellowship is not a destination but more a recognition of the journey you have taken. On that journey, we look to see how you have advanced your professional career, assisted your peers and given back to the industry. We look at how people regard you and the contribution you make. Fellowship is about influencing others and helping them on their journey. It is about leadership, not just seniority."
Simon Roller FBCS CITP, Fellowship Assessor