About HKITPC

Sponsored by the Hong Kong SAR Government, the IT Professional Certification System and IT Manpower Roster Feasibility Study Project was initiated in 2005, leading to the formation of the Certified Professional of IT (CPIT) credential. To sustain the initial, the Hong Kong Institute for IT Professional Certification (HKITPC) was founded in May 2007.

The objective of HKITPC is to assess and certify IT professionals based on knowledge, skills, ability and proven work experience. A highly effective assessment system for recognition of the IT professionals has been developed for different streams of knowledge domains and dimensions. Its development has been empowered by over hundreds of highly experienced IT professionals and subject matters experts from the academic fields and institutions, with genuine support and active participation from the employers and business communities.

Certified Professional of IT (CPIT)
The CPIT credentials cover a wide spectrum of IT subject matters or disciplines such as system architecture, project management, quality assurance, information security, business analysis and so on.

Successful CPIT certified professionals are expected to demonstrate at an adequately recognized level of competencies in specific professional disciplines. This is proven by meeting stringent assessment requirements through eligibility verification, examinations, presentation, essays, and interviews as appropriate. In pursuit of self-excellence, the candidates are also committed to continuous professional development and abiding to professional ethics under the CPIT certification framework.

CPIT titles are aligned with the Qualifications Framework of the Hong Kong Education Bureau, providing the CPIT certified professionals with a clear roadmap for professional development.

The first batch of CPIT titles were launched since 2007 to recognize senior IT professionals in project management, systems architecture, and quality assurance. These titles include (i) CPIT (Project Director, PD), (ii) CPIT (Systems Architect, SA), and (iii) CPIT (Quality Assurance Manager, QAM).

Three more junior CPIT titles have been launched since 2009. These titles include (i) CPIT (Associate Project Manager, APM), (ii) CPIT (Information Security Officer, InfoSec), and (iii) CPIT (Business Analyst, BA) for IT professionals who have entered the IT profession for two years and are ready to choose a specialization for their IT career.


Objectives of CPIT

HKITPC has been endeavoring to raise the competency and professionalism of IT professionals through a sustainable and quality IT professional certification scheme recognized by local and international IT industry : IT professionals, academics and employers.

The Institute is oriented to:

  1. administer a certification system for all levels of IT professionals;
  2. establish and develop a self-regulatory framework in respect of such certification system; and
  3. raise the status and standards of IT professionals to foster Hong Kong IT industry’s development and competitiveness.

Benefits to You

1. Recognition of IT professional status

2. Value add to personal profile

3. Upgrade and update on IT knowledge

4. Distinct and structural roadmap for professional development

About CPIT

The CPIT credentials cover a wide spectrum of IT subject matters or disciplines such as system architecture, project management, quality assurance, information security, business analysis and so on.

Successful CPIT certified professionals are expected to demonstrate at an adequately recognized level of competencies in specific professional disciplines.  This is proven by meeting stringent assessment requirements through eligibility verification, examinations, presentation, essays, and interviews as appropriate. In pursuit of self-excellence, the candidates are also committed to continuous professional development and abiding to professional ethics under the CPIT certification framework.

CPIT titles are aligned with the Qualifications Framework of the Hong Kong Education Bureau, providing the CPIT certified professionals with a clear roadmap for professional development.

CPIT – Project Director

An IT Project Management Professional is a person responsible and accountable for an IT project and delegated the necessary authority to undertake that responsibility. HKITPC classifies IT project management professionals into three levels:

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant must satisfy the General Eligibility Requirements of the HKITPC, and the following specific specialization requirements of the respective CPIT credential.

CPIT Credential Academic Qualification IT Project Management Experience
CPIT(PD) Degree holder Minimum ten years with at least two projects of high project complexity
Non degree holder Minimum fifteen years with at least two projects of high project complexity

Competency Requirements

Applicants of each level of Certified Professional of IT Project Management are required to demonstrate certain level of achievement in 12 knowledge areas associated with successful performance of project management in IT projects:

  • Integration
  • Scope management
  • Time management
  • Cost management
  • Quality management
  • HR management
  • Communications management
  • Risk management
  • Procurement management
  • Local Regulations and Practices
  • Other business management knowledge
  • ICT foundation and knowledge

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CPIT – Systems Architect

An IT Systems Architect designs or architects IT solutions to address business requirements. Similar to the Architect in the building industry, IT Systems Architect will focus on the overall structure of a system, identifying major components and their relationships.

Certification Level

One level of Certification, Certified Professional IT (Systems Architect) – CPIT(SA), is provided.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant must satisfy the General Eligibility Requirements of CPIT, and the following specific specialization requirements:

CPIT Credential Academic Qualifications IT Experience related to Systems Architecture
CPIT(SA) Degree holder Minimum Eight years with at least two projects of high system complexity
Non-degree holder Minimum Twelve years with at least two projects of high system complexity

Competency Requirements

Each CITP(SA) is required to demonstrate sufficient level of competencies in at least 3 of the 8 knowledge areas required for IT Systems Architect:

  • Architecture Framework and Vision
  • Business Architecture
  • Data Architecture
  • Technology Architecture
  • Network Architecture
  • Integration Architecture
  • Software Architecture
  • Embedded Systems Architecture

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CPIT – Quality Assurance Manager

CPIT – Quality Assurance Manager

An IT Quality Assurance Management Professional is a person responsible and accountable for quality assurance of IT projects and systems. He/She plans and coordinates systematic activities in a quality system so that quality requirements for a product or service will be fulfilled.

Certification Level

One certification level, Certified Professional IT (Quality Assurance Manger) – CPIT(QAM), will be provided.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant must satisfy the General Eligibility Requirements of CPIT, and the following specific specialization requirements:

CPIT Credential Academic Qualifications Experience related to IT Quality Assurance
CPIT(QAM) Degree holder Minimum ten years with substantial hands on experience on two high complexity** quality programs
Non-degree holder Minimum fifteen years with substantial hands on experience on two high complexity** quality programs

Competency Requirements

The CPIT(QAM) is required to demonstrate at least six levels of competencies in the following Competency Activity Groups (CAGs). These six CAGs consist of:

  • One Mandatory CAG in Personal Competency
  • Three Core CAGs in relation to Quality Assurance
  • Two Elective CAGs

Mandatory CAGs

  • Personal Competency

Core Competency Activity Group

  1. Organizational Quality Initiation
  2. Quality Plan Development
  3. Quality Assurance Execution
  4. Quality Measurements and Improvements
  5. Quality Training and Development

Elective Competency Activity Group

  1. Key Business Management Knowledge and Professional Ethics
  2. IT Governance and Control Practices
  3. Software Engineering and Support Processes
  4. Information and Communication Technologies

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CPIT – Associate Project Manager

This is the “entry level” CPIT credential for IT or business professionals with an emerging career interest and work exposure in project management in the IT area. Holders of CPIT(APM) are expected to have demonstrated in the examination their project management competencies in applying their knowledge, performing their skills and applying their process knowledge within the context of the IT work.

Eligibility Requirements

To attain the CPIT(APM) certified status, the applicant must satisfy the following three requirements:

  • Passed the CPIT(APM) exam which shall be a 3-hour examination with 120 multiple-choice questions;
  • Obtained an academic qualification of at least an AD/HD/undergraduate degree in IT or IT-related areas or Qualifications Framework Level 4 equivalent and
  • Possessed two years of relevant IT work experience.

Competency Requirements

Note that for the Associate Project Manager, the job requirements are likely to be lower in certain areas and for those cases the knowledge or competency requirements are flagged as Optional.

  • Integration Management
  • Scope Management
  • Time management
  • Cost management
  • Quality management
  • HR management
  • Communications management
  • Risk management
  • Procurement management
  • Local Regulations and Practices
  • Other business management knowledge
  • ICT foundation and knowledge

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CPIT – InfoSec

Introduction
This is for IT professionals in the Information Security area. It certifies professionals with demonstrated and up-to-dated concepts, skills, knowledge and experience in the information security discipline, Holders of CPIT(InfoSec) are expected to have demonstrated in the examination their competencies in identifying, preventing and processing any security leaks, threats, intrusions, etc., in information systems and in defining policies, rules, behaviors, etc., in terms of information security within an organization.Introduction

Eligibility Requirement

  • Associate Degree or High Diploma or Undergraduate Degree in IT or IT-related areas or Qualifications Framework Level 4 equivalent
  • 2 years of IT experience

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CPIT – Business Analyst

The career progression for BA could be diversified with senior titles such as Senior BA, Senior Systems Analyst and Systems Manager in IT or functional areas with IT User Organizations as well as Senior Consultant and Principal Consultant in IT Service Providers or Management Consulting.

Eligibility Requirements

To attain the CPIT(BA) certified status, the applicant must satisfy the following three requirements:

  • Passed the CPIT(BA) exam which shall be a 3-hour examination with 120 multiple-choice questions;
  • Obtained an academic qualification of at least an AD/HD/undergraduate degree in IT or IT-related areas or Qualifications Framework Level 4 equivalent and
  • Possessed two years of relevant IT work experience.

Competency Requirements

Note that for the Business Analyst, the job requirements are likely to be lower in certain areas and for those cases the knowledge or competency requirements are flagged as Optional.

  • Organizational Requirements Analysis
  • Requirements Management
  • Requirements Collection
  • Requirements Analysis
  • Requirements Communication
  • Solution Evaluation
  • IT Knowledge & Skills
  • General Business & Professional Knowledge

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CPIT – Project Manager

HKITPC is pleased to announce the exclusive offer for PMI certified holder to obtain CPIT(PM) credential.

Eligibility Requirements

To attain the CPIT(PM) certified status, the applicant must satisfy the following three requirements:

  • Holder of international credential with valid certification status. For CPIT(Project Manager), PMP Certification in good standing is required;
  • Obtained an academic qualification of at least an AD/HD/undergraduate degree in IT or IT-related areas or Qualifications Framework Level 4 equivalent and
  • Possessed five years of project management experience.

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CPIT – Systems Operation Officer

HKITPC is pleased to announce the exclusive offer for ITIL certified holder to obtain CPIT(SOO) credential.

Eligibility Requirements

To attain the CPIT(SOO) certified status, the applicant must satisfy the following three requirements:

  • Holder of international credential with valid certification status. For CPIT(Systems Operation Officer), certified with ITIL Foundation, Operational Support & Analysis (OSA) and the Release Control & Validation (RCV) is required;
  • Obtained an academic qualification of at least an AD/HD/undergraduate degree in IT or IT-related areas or Qualifications Framework Level 4 equivalent and
  • Possessed two years relevant experience.

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