Microsoft Consulting Services (MCS) is partnering with BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, to enable it to self-certify and quickly process Chartered IT Professional (CITP) status for its employees.

BCS says the agreement means MCS can "proactively develop and evidence the credentials of its IT professionals in line with CITP status up to the point of award".

MCS already has a group membership scheme with BCS, and BCS says the firm has "demonstrated the capability of their internal people and processes to meet its requirements for assessing CITP applications".

Colin Brown, general manager for Microsoft Consulting Services, said: "CITP status is a great way to demonstrate the quality of our consultants and we hope that the participation of our consultants in this programme will help further enhance its reputation.”

CITP is an assessment process that includes a peer review, a breadth of knowledge test and a skills assessment interview. Successful candidates earn CITP status as well as a Certificate of Current Competence which remains valid for five years, after which revalidation is required.

Adam Thilthorpe, director of professionalism at the BCS, said: "We are working with Microsoft Consulting Services as both a group member and one of the organisations with which we’ve agreed a CITP Processing Licence. This is an important step in promoting the value and importance of CITP status which is fundamental for the profession.”

Microsoft Consulting Services employs 270 consultants delivering consulting and support services to businesses worldwide.

Earlier this year the BCS signed an agreement that will enable certifications from The Open Group to be accepted towards CITP status. Holders of The Open Group Certified Architect and Certified IT Specialist certifications at Level 2 Master and Level 3 Distinguished do not have to do the initial review and interview part of the BCS CITP process.