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Should ICT professionals be warranted professionals?

Does anyone have any resources/journals that can help me since I have found none.

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The term “warranted” needs more definition. Do you mean like an architect, civil engineer, accountant or lawyer/solicitor? –  Donal Fellows Jun 6 '11 at 12:45
I couldn't answer this question without knowing what "ICT" means. Pretty much same for "warranted" in this context. –  John Saunders Jun 6 '11 at 13:02
ICT = Information & Communication Technologies. It's lately used instead of IT, to emphasize the network/mobile part. No idea about "warranted professional" though. –  vartec Jun 6 '11 at 13:07
@michelle: I'm unfamiliar with the term "warrant" in this context. I was also unaware that i was an ICT professional until you told me just now. –  John Saunders Jun 6 '11 at 13:13
@michelle: yes, I do consider academia to be an "alternate reality". –  John Saunders Jun 6 '11 at 13:29

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What would it mean to be warranted? Who would determine the warrant requirements? How often would they change? Would it be a government licensure? How would it apply to different vendors of technology?

While it's highly desirable to have the most qualified ICT individuals available, there are simply too many variables with technology to put any kind of warranted license on it. Many companies have a set of certifications with particular vendor technologies or accredited training agencies that they consider to be acceptable to identify someone as a "warranted" professional.

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In practice this would mean, that software engineer would sign document legally declaring his code error free, with criminal responsibility if it results otherwise.

Now just think about it, how feasible is that...

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I believe the BCS push this point of view, so you may want to have a look there. I don't know how much info you can access without signing up though. (I've not been on the site for a long, long time)

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I think of BCS being for IT management not in an IT company - rather than for programmers. –  Ian Jun 6 '11 at 14:14

I was a Software Design Engineer in the US for a number of years and while I did have a BMath degree, I didn't have any kind of professional license or warrant.

Would CIPS membership be similar to what you mean by a warrant?

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No, I am not even sure there is already a warrant in place. The question is with regards to ethics, whether IT professionals need a warranty (i.e. like the one engineers and architects have). I live in Malta, so I guess some regulations will be different. Thanks again for your help –  michelle Jun 6 '11 at 15:38

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