BCS Launches “Formal” Green IT Qualification

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Issues such as the impact of environmental legislation and reducing carbon emissions will be covered in the three day course and exam

The British Computing Society is supporting what it claims is the first and only recognised qualification for green IT.

Announced this week, the Foundation Certificate in Green IT will provide guidance on issues such as corporate social responsibility, environmental legislation and carbon emission reduction.

According to BCS Qualifications director Pete Bayley, although companies might be facing constraints on training budgets at the moment, the three day course is a worthwhile investment despite its £1400 price tag. “”Organisations need to know how to comply with ever tightening legislation, how they can create significant cost-efficiencies, and how to balance the internal and external economic drivers they face,” he said. “We’re confident that individuals who complete this qualification will be able to develop a strategy that will bring significant benefit to their business.”

The course is being run in conjunction with IT training specialist QA and will cover specific legislation and policies including the European Union Code of Conduct, The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE), BSi PAS 2050, Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT), Ecma International, and the Kyoto Protocol.

“We are launching this qualification in response to demand from businesses across the UK which want to develop IT strategies. The qualification has been developed by experts in the field and it offers an independent and unique opportunity for professionals from across business to gain a greater understanding of how to develop best practice in green IT,” said Bayley.

The course is accredited by the Information Systems Examination Board (ISEB) and will include an optional one-hour multiple-choice examination for the ISEB Foundation Certificate in Green IT.

According to ISEB, the Green IT Foundation Certificate, is the first and only recognised formal qualification in Green IT.