Dear CIPS Alberta Member,
The CIPS Alberta Board has decided to transition the responsibilities for membership registration and certification administration from the national organization to CIPS Alberta effective May 5, 2017. This is an administrative change only and does not affect the governance of the organization.
The Board believes this transition will offer a number of benefits to both members and the organization as a whole, specifically:
- Direct control of the certification process allows the CIPS Alberta Board to make refinements that reflect Alberta's particular requirements under the Professional and Occupational Associations Registration Act of Alberta (POARA) and its Information Systems Professional Regulation, the specifics of the IT environment in Alberta, and new opportunities to extend registration of professionals under the I.S.P. designation.
- Consolidation of our administrative functions will result in cost savings, which will be returned to the membership in the form of additional benefits.
CIPS Alberta will use the same Alberta organization for registration as we continue to use for administrative support, so there will be familiarity, consistency, and improved availability for member service requests. We anticipate no change in application or renewal fees for the 2017-2018 operational year. Please also note that this has no impact on the registration status of members: certified, candidate, or otherwise.
The Alberta board remains committed to a national organization and will continue to provide the governance, funding, and volunteer resources necessary to maintain national operations. It is our full intent to continue to support the national organization to provide the benefits of a national and international organization for our members.
Some of you will already have received a membership renewal form from the national organization. If you have not paid it yet, please expect to receive a renewal form from CIPS Alberta in May. For those who have paid their membership renewal, we will work with the national organization to ensure continuity of your membership and contact you directly for future renewals.
If you have any questions, please contact the CIPS Alberta office. Thank you for your continued support and dedication to the IT profession.
Derek Burt I.S.P., ITCP
Chair, CIPS Alberta Registration Committee