In 1989, nine European national computer
societies agreed that ICT professionals should be given a coordinated voice to
represent their interests in Europe. That’s how the Council of European Professional Informatics Societies, ‘CEPIS’, was born. Over the years more professional computer societies from across greater Europe join CEPIS. Our work is based on four key areas: 1) Promoting high standards for IT
professionals. 2) Growing the pool of future IT professionals. 3) Promoting digital competence for the workforce & 4) Making IT good for Europe. To promote the highest standards for IT professionals. CEPIS led the development of the IT Professionalism Framework. It defines the four building blocks of the IT profession: Body of Knowledge, education, competence and ethics. For 15 years, CEPIS chaired the European Standardization Committee’s workshop on ICT skills. This expert group developed the European e-Competence Framework for IT professionals. It has since become an official European
standard. Based on the e-CF, CEPIS developed the ‘e-Competence Benchmark’. It is a free online tool that helps ICT professionals identify the competences they need for ICT roles and career paths. The second key issue for CEPIS is
growing the pool of future IT professionals. The CEPIS Computing in Schools expert group advocates for inclusion of computer science in school
curricula. To strengthen these efforts across Europe, CEPIS is a member of the
‘Informatics For All’ coalition. But it is not just about getting new talent – it is also about tapping into existing talent pools. That is the focus of the CEPIS Women in ICT task force. Group members are currently developing a diversity charter to promote gender equality in ICT. Promoting digital skills for the workforce has always been a priority for CEPIS. In 1995, CEPIS, with the support of the European Commission, created a digital skills certification program called ECDL. The success of the program soon led to its uptake globally. CEPIS and ECDL Foundation are working closely to this day. Together they created IT Professionalism Europe, or ‘ITPE’, a network of stakeholders from public and private sectors working to advance IT professionalism in Europe. Concerning making IT good for Europe, the CEPIS Legal and Security Issues expert group develops policy statements on IT related legislation and cyber security. From technical issues like production of cryptographic tools to controversial debates of individual privacy versus government surveillance the group provides a coordinated voice for CEPIS members. Over the last 30 years, the role of CEPIS has grown in Europe. Together with our members, stretching from Iceland to Turkey, CEPIS remains committed to promoting best practice for IT professionals and users throughout the continent.