The British Computer Society and the Institution of Engineering and Technology have reached an agreement to jointly promote professionalism in the IT industry.

The BCS, the IT industry’s largest membership body and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), is Europe’s largest professional society for the engineering and technology community,

A central element of the MoU is the joint development and promotion of Professional Status across the profession.

Under a memorandum of understanding both organisations will work to cross promote their activities, including events, products and services.

Both organisations will now work together with the eventual aim of allowing the IET to confer Chartered IT Professional status (CITP) to eligible members in partnership with the BCS.

David Clarke, BCS chief executive said, “This is a major step for both organisations and demonstrates our commitment to professionalism for the IT Industry. The MoU will allow us to work more closely together for the benefit of our members and the profession as a whole.

“Our decision to make CITP much more widely available is a major step for the BCS; in fact, an unprecedented step for a chartered body. Our trustees see it as an important step towards achieving the aims of the BCS professionalism in IT initiative.”

He warned UK IT workers to take the professionalism agenda seriously in the face of the impact of globalisation on UK IT jobs. Employers, he said, should also promote professionalism to “attract, retain and develop the best talent.”

Robin McGill, Chief Executive of the IET added: “The signing of this MoU is an important development which will serve the ICT profession. Around a quarter of our 153,000 members work in ICT so we understand both the aspirations of individuals and businesses on this issue."