The Chartered IT Professional Standard

Education and Experience

Applicants for Chartered IT Professional status must be able to demonstrate that they have been working in IT for a significant period of time, typically at least eight to ten years. The required period is reduced where the applicant has relevant higher education and/or structured training and development but may not be less than five years. The Skills Framework for the Information Age, SFIA, is used as the reference to determine whether the work of the applicant comes within the definition of ‘working in IT’.


Chartered IT Professionals undertake challenging and demanding work and carry considerable responsibility. Applicants for Chartered status must be able to show that they have worked in IT at a level of responsibility at or above that exemplified by SFIA Level 5 for a period of at least three years within the last five years.

Breadth of Knowledge

Chartered IT Professionals must be able to communicate and work with professionals from other specialisms. They must know the limits of their own competence and where to seek help when asked to go beyond these limits. Furthermore, in order to provide professional advice and guidance to employers and clients they should have a broad awareness of IT and its applications beyond their own specialism(s). Applicants for Chartered status must demonstrate this awareness by passing a formal breadth of knowledge test.

Specialist Competence and Interpersonal Skills

Chartered IT Professionals exercise specialist competence at a senior level. This requires not only technical skills but also the interpersonal skills needed to work effectively in teams and with management, clients and suppliers. Applicants for Chartered status are required to demonstrate and provide examples from their working life of their competence and interpersonal skills at a peer review interview which includes a presentation.

Commitment to Professional Standards

Chartered IT Professionals must make a formal commitment to maintain and enhance their competence, uphold professional standards of conduct and promote the responsible and effective use of IT. This is exemplified by maintaining membership of their professional body, adhering to its code of conduct.