Information Systems Professional



Who is the licensing body responsible for Information Systems Professionals in Alberta?

In Alberta, you do not need to be licensed to work in the Information Systems industry; however, to call yourself an Information Systems Professional or use the ISP designation, you must be a registered member of the Canadian Information Processing Society of Alberta (CIPS Alberta). To sign up as a CIPS member or to apply for the I.S.P. designation, you can do so at the CIPS National website.

What are the registration requirements for internationally educated Information Systems Professional’s?

Internationally educated Information Systems workers who wish to become certified as Information Systems Professionals must 

1. Complete the ISP Self Assessment to determine the best application route or send an email to providing information on the number of years of IT professional level work and education completed for an assessment of the best application route. 

2. Submit completed application form, all relevant documents and fee. 

The Established IT Professionals Route is recommended for applicants with extensive work experience.

The Education Plus Experience Route is recommended for applicants who have completed an Information Technology (IT) post-secondary education and have accumulated a certain number of years of professional experience. 

I.S.P. designation eligibility criteria and application routes can be found on the CIPS website. 

NOTE: Individuals who completed their education at an educational institution outside North America must have their educational transcripts officially translated (if the transcript is in a language other than English or French) and must submit a course-by-course analysis and at statement of equivalency from a recognized Canadian academic credential assessment service. This must be submitted directly to CIPS by the organization doing the equivalency. The International Qualifications Assessment Service is the recommended evaluation service. 

3. Have completed a minimum of 1000 hours work during the 12 months prior to the application. 

4. Write and pass the CIPS Professional and Ethics in Computing and IT Exam. Visit the Getting Started page for more information on writing the CIPS Professional and Ethics in Computing and IT exam. 

NOTE: Foreign applicants looking to use the I.S.P. designation to aid their entry into Canada should review the information available via the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials.

What are the educational requirements for Information Systems Professionals in Alberta?

CIPS provides a number of routes for applying for certification as an ISP. Each route has a different educational requirement. 

In Alberta, the following institutions offer four-year degree programs in computer sciences: 

Athabasca University (distance education) 

Grande Prairie Regional College in Grande Prairie in conjunction with Athabasca University 

Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton 

King's University College in Edmonton 

Mount Royal University in Calgary 

University of Alberta in Edmonton. 

University of Calgary in Calgary 

University of Lethbridge in Lethbridge 

In Alberta, the following institutions offer two-year diploma programs in computer sciences: 

MacEwan University in Edmonton 

Lethbridge College in Lethbridge 

SAIT Polytechnic (SAIT) in Calgary 

Visit the CIPS website for a complete list of CIPS accredited programs.

What are the accepted English language proficiency tests and where can I be tested?

There are no formal English requirements for ISPs; however, ISPs must be able to communicate effectively. Having a high level of English in the areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening skills are necessary in order to be successful in the profession. To learn more about where to take an English language proficiency test in Alberta, visit English Language Proficiency Tests and Locations.

What supports are available to support internationally educated professionals to integrate into the Canadian labour force?

Directions for Immigrants offers Clear Communications for Business to help you integrate into the Canadian work force. Topics include Active Listening, Assertiveness, Conflict Resolution, Problem Solving and Teamwork. Visit the Job Success Groups on the Study Groups page for more information on this service and eligibility criteria.

What resources are available for Information Systems Professionals?

Canadian Information Processing Society of Alberta (CIPS) 

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