BCS launches Agile Certifications in the USA

4 November 2013

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, is today launching new Agile certifications at both Foundation and Practitioner level in the USA. The certification programme has been developed specifically working with the industry to meet the demands of those utilising Agile and is being launched at the Building Business Capability Conference, Las Vegas, Stand #P5.

Adam Thilthorpe, Director for Professionalism, BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, says: “The introduction of the Agile certifications are a great addition to our already extensive portfolio. Agile has become an integral part of the way we do business and has made the transition from next practice to good practice.

“As an organisation, we are continuously exploring the new trends and business models that drive digital advantage. Partnering with Emergn and radtac has been a great opportunity to utilise their expertise. Together we are delivering a rigorous certification scheme that exceeds the high expectations of our potential candidates. We have already had excellent feedback from those who participated in the pilot scheme. With IT professionals at the heart of business there is a growing demand for independent certification of their knowledge and capabilities. Our new certifications will enable Agile specialists and those using Agile in their everyday roles to achieve the grade of certification required for the areas they work in.”

The certification programme is designed to effectively embed agile practices within an organisation. It provides a wide curriculum and offers the knowledge, tools and capability for people to better manage change, and deliver products and services. With the introduction of both Foundation and Practitioner level, the scheme enables all those working with Agile to become certified and means organisations can ensure an Agile approach is adopted across multi-discipline projects.

Alex Adamopoulos, Chief Executive Officer, Emergn, says: “We are delighted to be partnering with BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, for the full launch of the Agile certifications programme. The pilot scheme has demonstrated the real need for these certifications and the benefits they can provide for an organisation. These certifications provide the tools to manage real-life Agile projects and bridge the gap between theory and practice.”

Peter Measey Chief Executive Office, radtac, says: “Following the success of the Agile pilot scheme, it is fantastic to be launching the full Agile certifications programme. Working with BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, we have utilised our 15 years’ worth of experience to contribute to these Agile certifications. These new certifications are a key enabler, as businesses seek change.”

Maersk Line has participated in the Agile certification pilot and is now early adopters of the BCS Agile certifications programme. Özlem Yüce, Agile Transformation Lead, Maersk Line, says: “It’s great to have this programme; it is much needed. At Maersk Line, we believe Agile is very important and we use it beyond our IT team; training key business partners, vendors, CEO and the Board as their support and transformational leadership is really important.”

The new scheme builds on the Institute’s considerable and proven expertise in certification and the assessment of IT excellence and experience. The scheme certifies against specific roles and skills aligned to the competency Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA) and will be available through accredited training providers as well as self-study.  

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