Carnegie-Mellon: Software Engineering Institute and the ICCP Examinations:
The issues associated with licensing and certification of software engineers, are difficult. At present, there is no agreed-to body of knowledge on which to base certification. Some state legislatures are attempting to regulate the practice of software engineering without adequate understanding of the field. As a result of safety-critical software disasters, some professionals believe that licensing or certification is inevitable, so the software community had better figure out how to do it before someone else does it for them. In this paper, we survey the state of the practice of licensing and certification in other professions, identify the issues that might be encountered in attempting to license and certify software engineers...
We openly invite CM-SEI and IEEE-CS, an original founding Constituent Society of the ICCP, to rejoin the ICCP Board of Directors, and promote global Software Engineering standards. The IEEE software certification program may be counted as one leg towards the ICCP Certified Computing Professional designation.
I am writing to request your assistance with a valuable program, the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). The O*NET program, sponsored by the United States Department of Labor, is gathering occupational information for a national database that is being used by millions of employers, workers, educators, and students across the country. This database provides information about the skills, abilities, activities, and work context for about 1,000 occupations nationwide.
ICCP endorses the O*NET program because it will benefit our members by collecting current and accurate information about new and emerging IT occupations NOT presently represented in this database. The aggregated occupational information will be made freely available in the O*NET Online database at http://online.onetcenter.org. A short description of new and emerging IT occupations follows:
1) Software Quality Assurance Engineers and Testers: Develop and execute software test plans in order to identify software problems and their causes.
2) Computer Systems Engineers and Architects: Design and develop solutions to complex applications problems, system administration issues, or network concerns. Perform systems management and integration functions.
3) Network Designers: Determine user requirements and design specifications for computer networks. Plan and implement network upgrades.
4) Web Developers: Develop and design web applications and web sites. Create and specify architectural and technical parameters. Direct web site content creation, enhancement, and maintenance.
5) Web Administrators: Manage web environment design, deployment, development and maintenance activities. Perform testing and quality assurance of web sites and web applications.
ICCP is asking for volunteers from our membership to assist in the collection of information about these occupations. Your participation would involve completing a set of questionnaires designed to capture the skills, tasks and knowledge requirements of your occupation as well as the background and characteristics of the workers involved in your occupation. Qualified volunteers will receive $40 cash and a framed Certificate of Appreciation from the United States Department of Labor as tokens of appreciation. Responses will be kept confidential. Your responses will be combined with other participants' to describe the skills, knowledge, and activities of your occupation. More information about this data collection effort is available at www.onetcenter.org. RTI International (RTI), a nonprofit research firm, is assisting the Department of Labor with the O*NET data collection effort.
Please send an e-mail indicating your interest to participate, name, telephone number and most importantly, your particular occupation (must be one of or closely related to the aforementioned occupations) to Jean Leech at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also contact her at 877-233-7348 ext. 104. By participating, you will contribute to a key resource providing our nation's citizens with continuously updated occupational information and the overall international standards as a whole.