Bosses under #CPB2011

As it stands at the moment, there is no requirement for the bosses of IT companies to be registered computing professionals (RCP) themselves. This is contrary to the requirement for other professionals such as engineers and lawyers, who must be registered themselves. According to the IEM president:

He also claimed engineering decisions could be compromised if the business owner had undue influence in what engineers should or should not do.

There is some truth in this. If the boss of the company is a non-RCP, he does not shoulder the same duty of care and responsibility as his RCP employees. The boss could exercise his influence over his employee to get his RCP guys to do something unprofessional such as compromised solutions.

If caught, the RCP can have his registration revoked, his license to practice taken away, fined and even jailed. The RCP then pays the ultimate price and can no longer practice. Heck, the boss even has valid reasons to fire the RCP as he has lost his license.

According to the CPB2011 S.15(4), the registered computing service providers (RCSP) are dependent on:

(4) A Registered Computing Services Provider may only provide Computing Services in the disciplines or specialisations of Computing where the personnel is/are Registered Computing Professionals is shown in the Register under subsection 12(2).

The license of the RCSP are tied to having the qualified RCP employees. The boss of the company gets off scot free and is able to hire another new RCP to replace the old RCP that is no longer qualified to practice. They can even continue to provide unprofessional services.

Even if the company is black-listed, all the boss needs to do is to shut it down and open up a new entity as the quality of the business service is not tied to him at all. All he needs to do is to hire new RCP who are clean and clear by the board.

However, if the CPB2011 requires that all IT companies be owned by RCPs themselves, this can be closely regulated. If unprofessional acts happen, the staff and boss can be stripped of their RCP licenses and the boss can no longer work in the IT industry, much less own an IT company.

How’s that for consideration?

If we’re going to require RCPs for CNII, let’s make it a requirement that the bosses of RCSP must be RCP themselves. Otherwise, bad things can happen and the poor RCP employee will get screwed over thoroughly.

CPB2011 and ECUK

I was thinking about the CPB2011 and how this compares to the Engineering Council, UK registrations. The ECUK awards a number of professional registrations including the following:

  • Chartered Engineer (CEng)
  • Incorporated Engineer (IEng)
  • Engineering Technician (EngTech)
  • Information and Communications Technology Technician (ICTTech)

The two technician registrations are similar to the Registered Computing Practicioner category. The ICTTech allows someone without a degree to register, particularly if they have ICT relevant vendor qualifications, such as Cisco, Microsoft or Nortel, plus relevant ICT work experience.

The typical registration requirement for the IEng is a Bachelors degree plus relevant work experience while the CEng requires a Masters degree or equivalent work experience. This is similar to the Registered Computing Professionals category. In fact, the requirements for CEng is higher than the RCP as it typically requires a Masters and 5-years experience.

Where the two differ is that the ECUK recognises non-academic qualities such that a person without a degree can ultimately register as a CEng through a non-direct route by first registering as a Technician and upgrading their registrations through their career progression.

Our law-makers need to appreciate that not everyone is good with exams.