Microsoft is encouraging its consultants to gain the BCS' Chartered IT Professional (CITP) accreditation.
Microsoft Consulting Services has joined the group membership scheme offered by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, in a move to support the adoption of Chartered IT Professional status for its consultants. The Microsoft UK headquarters in Reading is the base for 270 of its consultants.
Andrew Reid, Microsoft Consulting Services director, said: "We believe the new CITP programme represents today's benchmark of IT excellence and professionalism and it's starting to gain international industry recognition."
Microsoft Consulting Services is aligning its internal processes to meet the requirements for awarding Chartered status. The first step has been the adoption of the BCS group membership scheme and the award of Professional membership (MBCS) for its consultants.
Over 50 percent have signed up so far, with some already gaining full CITP accreditation.
Senior managers within Microsoft Consulting Services have been working with the Institute to set up a CITP processing agreement which will see the remaining Professional members upgrade their membership to Chartered status, as an integrated part of the team's professional development programme.
"Chartered status is a great way to demonstrate the quality of our consultants and we hope that the participation of ours in this programme will help further enhance its reputation," said Reid.
David Clarke, chief executive officer at the BCS, said: "When we reviewed CITP, we listened to what organisations, individuals and government said they wanted for a recognised industry standard, and implemented those changes.
"I'm delighted to see organisations beginning to encourage and promote this standard. This is so important for the profession which today makes such an important contribution to business and society."