Norway Endorses EUCIP as a General Industry Standard for IT Professionals’ Skills

Three Norwegian IT organisations, Dataforeningen (Norwegian Computer Society - DND), IKT-Norge and Abelia agreed in 2007 to endorse the European Certification of Informatics Professionals (EUCIP) in Norway to face the growing demand for certified professionals in the IT sector, by supporting EUCIP as a general industry standard for professional skills.

The endorsement of EUCIP in Norway represents a significant step in addressing the lack of universal indicators to measure employees’ digital skills in the industry, as well as a practical solution to reduce costs in the IT sector. Moreover, enterprises find it more and more convenient to adopt a jointly recognised certification, rather than setting up internal IT skills standards which would cause confusion on the labour market.

The Norwegian Computer Society currently holds an exclusive license agreement for EUCIP in Norway, but moving forward an increasing number of education institutions will promote EUCIP-based training plans to stimulate professional development in the IT industry.

Two other major ICT organisations have supported the endorsement of EUCIP: IKT Norge is the trade organisation for the Norwegian ICT industry, representing more than 350 member companies from the business sector; Abelia is a non-profit a-political organisation linked to the Confederation of Norwegian Business and Industry (NHO) and representing 668 member companies, which works to improve the business environment for its member societies in the ICT and R&D sectors.

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Thanks to Renny Bakke Amundsen, from EUCIP Norway, for this contribution.