IT governance accreditation in 2007

The IT Governance Institute (ITGI) in conjunction with ISACA (Information Systems Audit and Control Association) is developing an IT governance accreditation framework to be released late next year.

ISACA, a global body encompassing some 50,000 IT professionals worldwide, administers globally recognized accreditation for the CISA (Certified Information Systems Auditor) and CISM (Certified Information Security Manager) certification through online testing.

The IT Governance Institute developed the COBIT framework. The IT Governance Institute was established by ISACA to aid in IT supporting business missions and goals and push the use of standards in enterprise technology.

The eventual accreditation will be offered at two levels, an IT governance practitioner certification and an IT governance manager certification

Both of the accreditations will be based on the existing COBIT foundation certificate currently available but oriented towards aligning IT with the business framework. The IT governance manager certification will be geared around people at the chief information officer (CIO) level or those with aspirations of moving into such a role.

Howard Nicholson, vice president of ISACA, said the organization is moving towards developing the pool of questions to test knowledge by the first half of 2007 and may even use the same framework for testing and accrediting both CISAs and CISMs .