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CITP app pending

Discussion in 'Professional Associations' started by UKDarkstar, Oct 13, 2008.

  1. UKDarkstar
    Honorary Member

    UKDarkstar Terabyte Poster

    Well as some will know I've submitted my application to the BCS for CITP.

    Just got this reply today :

    We are pleased to advise you that the Initial Review is now complete and your file has been passed to the Peer Assessment stage.

    The assessment stage comprises of:
    • A review carried out by Membership assessors.
    • You, or your supporters, may be telephoned by an assessor to discuss your application.
    Timescale: approx 6 weeks to complete
    If we need any further information to support your application during this stage we will contact you; however this may add additional processing time to your application.

    At the end of the assessment you will be contacted and advised of the outcome.

    Hopefully it will all go through ok. Fingers crossed !
    Certifications: BA (Hons), MBCS, CITP, MInstLM, ITIL v3 Fdn, PTLLS, CELTA
    WIP: CMALT (about to submit), DTLLS (on hold until 2012)
  2. Qs

    Qs Semi-Honorary Member Gold Member

    The very best of luck to you matey!

    Be sure to let us know as soon as you hear back from the BCS!

    Certifications: MCT, MCSE: Private Cloud, MCSA (2008), MCITP: EA, MCITP: SA, MCSE: 2003, MCSA: 2003, MCITP: EDA7, MCITP: EDST7, MCITP: EST Vista, MCTS: Exh 2010, MCTS:ServerVirt, MCTS: SCCM07 & SCCM2012, MCTS: SCOM07, MCTS: Win7Conf, MCTS: VistaConf, MCDST, MCP, MBCS, HND: Applied IT, ITIL v3: Foundation, CCA
  3. wagnerk
    Highly Decorated Member Award

    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

    Cool, keep us updated :)

    Certifications: CITP, PGDip, BSc, HNC, LCGI, PTLLS, MCT, MCITP, MCTS, MCSE, MCSA:M, MCSA, MCDST, MCP, MTA, MCAS, MOS (Master), A+, N+, S+, ACA, VCA, etc... & 2nd Degree Black Belt
    WIP: MSc in Tech Management
  4. Arroryn
    Honorary Member

    Arroryn we're all dooooooomed

    Best of luck, UKDarkstar :) keep us informed.
    Certifications: A+, N+, MCDST, 70-410, 70-411
    WIP: Modern Languages BA
  5. GiddyG

    GiddyG Terabyte Poster Gold Member

    You should walk it mate, with your background. :D

    Funnily enough, I was looking at CITP myself the other week. I'm at least level 5 on the SFIA, but the 4 sides of A4 for CV put me off... :( And the £130.
  6. UKDarkstar
    Honorary Member

    UKDarkstar Terabyte Poster

    They did return my CV with a note saying they needed more and picking ou the SFIA Level 5 stuff. They sent a sample CV so I just looked at that and added two pages onto mine with this as the SFIA "Evidence" for Level 5 (and some above methinks) :


    Autonomy :

    The Company operates in the area of IT Support encompassing consultancy, supply of hardware/software and provision of support services and staff.

    I have full responsibility for the operation of the business across the board. This includes -

    • Defining business strategy and planning
    • Complete control of HR function
    • Setting of budgetary controls
    • Oversee operation of Accounts Department
    • Manage the Technical Department
    • External liaison with clients, suppliers
    • Business development and marketing
    • Regular reviews with staff of strategy, current projects, support function and accounting issues

    Influence :

    Having the above autonomy, the business direction flows from my personal decisions. I plan and decide the implementation of systems internally for all departments as well as externally for clients. This encompasses –

    • Consultation with staff in relation to operation and work carried out in their respective departments who all report to me
    • Management of external technical support staff in terms of defining and planning projects and support work undertaken
    • Regular reviews of work undertaken for clients with internal staff
    • Oversee contract staff brought in for specific projects
    • Consultation with distributors and suppliers regarding available technologies and specification for projects
    • Personally responsible for all client consultations involving reviews of IT systems, making recommendations and formulation of implementation projects
    • Planning of project implementation in terms of allocation of technical staff, defining roles and linking with hardware/software provision requirements
    • Assistance on-site with technical aspects as required by own and third party technical staff
    • Undertake regular internal staff reviews and external relationship development with clients and suppliers
    • Client meetings and presentations from departmental management to Board level

    Complexity :

    The Company deals with small business up to SME level. As such, the range of solutions offered varies considerably. Broadly this includes –

    • Analysis of existing systems and client requirements
    • Identification of key areas of business IT such as email and document management, accounting systems, network infrastructure, web provision, security and disaster recovery
    • Liaison with third parties on behalf of clients in relation to introducing specialist systems such as MRP/ERP
    • Aiming to keep systems simple, operational and with disaster recovery in mind
    • Monitoring of systems and the provision of scalable support options to fit the business requirements of the client
    • Additional advice to clients covering peripheral areas such as staff IT policies, marketing aspects etc.
    • Identification of hardware and software requirements for clients especially where cost savings are appropriate

    Business Skills :

    I have a background in Financial Services prior to moving into IT some 10 years ago. Utilising this knowledge with my academic studies (my degree was effectively a business studies course with Financial Services examples) enables me to operate the management function required by the Company.

    In 2003 I also commenced a Masters course in Business Information Systems although had to give this up half way through due to personal and business commitments. Recently I have been granted Membership of the British Computer Society (MBCS).

    In terms of consultancy for clients I maintain a positive approach to training and CPD. This is achieved via the Microsoft Partner Programme and I attend Partner and Technet seminars whenever possible at Microsoft’s UK headquarters in Reading.

    In addition I ensure I avail myself of specific vendor and product training available via distributors. I have ensured the Company is partnered with key vendors for specific products or niches in order to develop expertise in those areas.

    I use all of the above experience to ensure that I –

    • Plan and review the commercial operation of the Company
    • Call on external specialism when necessary
    • Offer (usually) a choice of solutions to clients for a given IT/IS situation
    • Provide a focal point for the Company in terms of communication both internally (for staff) and externally
    • Provide an approach to clients that takes account of the operational requirements of their business
    • Maintain business relationships with clients with regular discussions of technology developments which may be of interest to them to improve their existing systems

    I would hope after that, that it's a bit of a foregone conclusion tbh. I also have a client who acted as supporter and confirmed IT/IS solutions for his company. As to the fee, well it's tax deductable and if it helps with a job then I really don't mind.
    Certifications: BA (Hons), MBCS, CITP, MInstLM, ITIL v3 Fdn, PTLLS, CELTA
    WIP: CMALT (about to submit), DTLLS (on hold until 2012)

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