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Engineering, Architecture, Science and Technology

Information Systems Professional

Information systems professionals investigate, analyze, design, develop, or manage information systems based on computer and related technologies. They do so objectively applying specialized knowledge and professional judgement.


Canadian Information Processing Society of Alberta
PO Box 52180
RPO Edmonton Trail
Calgary, Alberta
Canada T2E 8K9

Call: 1-877-275-2477


Information Systems Professional is a protected title under Alberta’s Professional and Occupational Associations Registration Act [pdf]. This means that to call yourself an Information Systems Professional or use the I.S.P. designation, you must be a registered member of the Canadian Information Processing Society of Alberta (CIPS Alberta).

You do not have to be registered if you do not call yourself an Information Systems Professional.

What You Need

The Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS) has defined the body of knowledge required for certification. It recognizes the many ways to achieve this standard.

Applicants must provide documented evidence for 1 of the following ISP designation criteria routes:

  1. Education Plus Experience
  2. Established IT Professional
  3. Established Academic
  4. IT Industry Leader
  5. Exam
  6. Professional Experience Only (applicants must have entered the field prior to 1976)
  7. Upgrade from Associate Information Technology Professional (AITP)

Applicants also need to:

  • Pass the CIPS Ethics Exam
  • Have at least 1,000 hours of IT work experience in the last 12 months
  • Provide references for the last 2 years

For official, detailed information, contact CIPS Alberta or visit the CIPS or CIPS Alberta websites.

Working in Alberta

Information systems professionals who are registered and in good standing with a regulatory body elsewhere in Canada may be eligible for registration in Alberta if their scope of practice and competencies are similar.

For more information, see What if I am already certified in another province or territory in Canada? and the CIPS Alberta website.

The certification information in this profile may change at any time and without notice. Before making any career decisions, we advise you to contact the regulatory organization or visit their website for the most updated information.

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