Assist Knowledge Development holds a number of accreditations with recognised qualification authorities. These are listed below.
Established in 1957 as the British Computer Society, BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT - is the leading body for those working in the IT and Information Systems fields. With a world-wide membership of over 65,000 members in over 100 countries, BCS is the qualifying body for Chartered IT Professionals (CITP).
BCS is licensed by the Engineering Council to award Chartered Engineer status (CEng) and Incorporated Engineer status (IEng); and more recently by the Science Council to award Chartered Scientist status (CSci).
BCS Professional Certifications (formerly ISEB)
In October 2011 BCS repositioned their ISEB range of certifications as the BCS Professional Certifications portfolio.
ISEB (The Information Systems Examinations Board) was formed in 1957 by The BCS to raise the standard of competence and performance of those working in the sector. ISEB issued over 300,000 IT Qualifications,
and the ISEB portfolio offered a large number of IT qualifications over a variety of disciplines.
The main purpose of rebranding ISEB to BCS Professional Qualifications is to provide Information Systems professionals with more comprehensive and valuable career support - and to give the BCS certifications portfolio greater international appeal.
BCS Professional Certifications does not itself provide training to candidates preparing for its qualifications but, through the accreditation process, it does recognise and promote those training organisations which demonstrate the ability to teach the appropriate syllabus using competent tutors and good materials in an appropriate learning environment.
The International Institute of Business Analysts is an international not-for-profit association for business analysis professionals working in the field of business analysis.
The IIBA develops and maintains standards for the practice of business analysis and for the certification of business analysis practitioners. It has defined a body of knowledge for the business analysis field and provides a forum for the sharing of knowledge. It has identified the required skills and competencies of business analysts and has defined training and professional development standards for the business analysis community.
DSDM Atern is one of the leading Agile development and project frameworks and is maintained by the DSDM Consortium. DSDM Consortium members offer training and consultancy support to the Agile community and to those wishing to incorporate a more Agile approach into their development and project management standards. The mission of the not-for-profit DSDM Consortium is to be the leading enabler of knowledge and learning for successful project delivery.
The Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA) provides a common reference model for the identification of the skills needed to develop effective Information Systems (IS) making use of Information & Communications Technology (ICT).
SFIA enables employers of IT professionals to carry out a range of Human Resources (HR) activities against a common framework of reference - including skills audit, planning future skill requirements, development programmes, standardisation of job titles and functions, and resource allocation.
The SFIA Foundation coordinates activities to facilitate the availability and implementation of SFIA throughout the UK and beyond.
The Chartered Management Institute
The Institute of Consulting is an organisation within the Chartered Management Institute, the only chartered professional body that is dedicated to management and leadership. This allows for sharing professionalism across Managers and Consultants. Combined with the influence and resources of the Chartered Management Institute, the Institute of Consulting is in the unique position of supporting individuals whose collective impact is to enhance performance in small and large organisations across the private, public and voluntary sectors.
The National Skills Academy for IT
The National Skills Academy for IT (Skills Academy) is an employer-led organisation whose mission is to promote excellence in IT learning and development.
The Skills Academy exists for the benefit of the whole UK IT sector and wishes to ensure that we make the UK home to the most valuable technologists in the world.
The Skills Academy focuses on:
- Identifying high quality learning and qualifications that are valued by the sector and making it easy to access them and understand what they cover
- Aggregating skills demand and generating new learning options
- Using professional standards to link skills with training and career progression
- Get the best access to high quality IT training and resources
- Define and access new training to meet emerging needs
- Gain professional recognition and accelerated career progression
The Skills Academy has an employer board and is led by e-skills UK, with its extensive links to employers from across the sector.