Since graduating from the University of Plymouth with BSc (Hons) Computer Systems & Networks, I have been a member of BCS. My university course was accredited by BCS, allowing me to gain membership on graduation (MBCS). It was always my ambition to maintain my professional accreditation throughout my career. When CITP was relaunched in 2009, I was one year away from reaching the desired five years' experience, and so set my goal to achieve CITP at my earliest opportunity. At the time, I was working as a schools Network Manager and also running my own IT support business serving education, small business and domestic clients. I had worked on some significant scale projects and evidence was gathering nicely.
In 2010 I decided to change career, and gave up my job and business to become a Secondary school teacher. Along with this went the ambition to become a Chartered IT Professional. Post qualification as a teacher, and through the government and curriculum changes which led to the Computing at Schools movement - and the conversion from being an "ICT Teacher" to a "Computer Science Teacher" - I expanded my managerial skills within an educational setting. I didn't realise that there were moves afoot to recognise these skills via the CAS Master Teacher route.
I became a CAS Master Teacher in 2015, which coincided with my becoming a Director of Learning in a large Secondary school. A few months later I was contacted by BCS to discuss how the CITP criteria might apply to that of a CAS Master Teacher. This made for an interesting meeting and discussion with colleagues and representatives of BCS. I was encouraged to apply using a new framework devised to map the skills of a senior teacher or Master Teacher to the SFIA framework.
Applying for CITP status was relatively straightforward for me. Being a designated Master Teacher of Computer Science was recognised as sufficient experience and breadth of knowledge. CAS Hub teams along with my employer backed my application as supporters. The remaining part of the process was the interview. This was conducted online and allowed me to give a ten-minute presentation about how I met the criteria for Chartered Status. The BCS assessors were very professional and not at all daunting. All in all, the process was relatively quick and easy. Despite my early fears that CITP would never be achievable in my current line of work, I have now achieved a career goal of becoming a Chartered IT Professional.
To find out more about CITP status see here