LOPSA Recognized Professional Program
LOPSA Professional Recognition Program
The IT industry's first independent recognition of
professional practice and standards.
Since its inception, the field of IT Administration has lacked a cohesive standard of practice by which professionals could gauge themselves. There were no expectations, so standards of professional development and practice were left up to the individual - with wildly varying results.
This state of affairs makes it next to impossible for individuals outside of the industry to make judgements on the professionalism of anyone claiming to be an IT Administrator. It is for this reason that we have created the LOPSA Professional Recognition Program (LPR).
Benefits to IT Professionals
Independent verification of professional status
Creates an achievable goal with recognition
Improves the standard of practice regardless of technical skills and specializations
Benefits to Employers
- Provides independent verification of previous practice, assisting with hiring and review processes
- LOPSA Professional Recognition of IT staff is a selling point for potential clients concerned with ethical behavior and personal integrity of staff
In order to obtain LOPSA Professional Recognition, an IT Professional must have practiced a certain number of hours in the preceding year, must agree to abide by the System Administrators' Code of Ethics, must be a member of LOPSA, and must have met certain educational requirements.
Q: Is the LPR a certification?
A: No. By recognizing someone as an LPR, LOPSA is not avowing to any specific knowledge or skill level. The LPR only indicates that the person in question met or exceeded the standards for professional practice, as determined by the LPR program committee for the year in question.
Q: Is recognition for life?
A: No. This is an annual recognition. You must renew each year. This ensures that a currently recognized professional continues to improve themselves throughout their careers, and contributes to respect and trust of the LPR program.
Q: What are the requirements / Am I eligible?
A: Because the state of the profession changes rapidly, the LPR requirements must change along with it. Each set of requirements are set for one calendar year. Annually, the LPR committee will examine the standards of practice in the profession as well as taking into account the requirements for practicing in other professions, and will produce a requirement document to be ratified by the LOPSA Board of Directors.
The requirements for recognition for 2014 are:
Must agree to abide by the LOPSA Code of Ethics
Must have at least 640 hours of professional practice in 2013
Must be a member in good standing of LOPSA
Have 20 hours of structured training (such a a tutorial, course, class, or otherwise)
or, as an autodidact, write a short essay on what the individual has done over the previous year to learn and improve themselves, and list the online communities that they're involved in
Q: Why would I want to become a recognized professional?
A: For the same reason that you meet the qualifications for recognition. Although the program is new, the eventual goal is to have the recognition widely respected within the industry. LOPSA is dedicated to improving the profession, and recognition through this program is an indication tha tyou are helping with that effort by meeting or exceeding the standards of professional practice.
An individual who has received their LPR can be relied upon to place professional development, training, and improvement as an important aspect of their work and their career. Together, this leads to a more capable workforce and profession.
Q: What is expected of a LOPSA Recognized Professional?
A: A recognized professional is expected to advance their professional and technical knowledge and, in-turn, share their newly gained knowledge through scholarship and contribution to the profession.
They are expected to adhere to the recognized Code of Ethics, and to hold their peers to an equally high standard.
A recognized profesional is expected to serve as a trusted technical advisor, guiding their business and the profession in making wise decisions.
Q: Why did LOPSA create this program?
A: IT Administrators have been in the public eye, both for good and ill. We feel that recognizing those individuals who meet or exceed the standards of professional practice will help encourage others to do the same, and that in time, this will lead to an improvement of the profession as a whole.
This program is a perfect match for LOPSA's mission - to advance the practice of system administration. By determining the standards of our profession, we can avoid having others define them for us.
Note: LPR in 2013 is an early v1 release. The solution will become more polished as it sees wide-release in 2014. We welcome input on improving the process at the end of the survey. Please add your comments and thoughts on what we can do to improve.