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Kenya unveils a software certification program

Posted by Administrator on February 7, 2012

Software will play a major role in helping both the public and private sectors adapt to economic changes quickly and cheaply. Dubbed ,Chipuka, (Swahili word for Emerge), Kenya's software certification program will offer credential examination for software developers and would help employers to easily identify software developers that have the skills necessary to carry out IT jobs to a professional and world class standard. Reuters

Software will play a major role in helping both the public and private sectors adapt to economic changes quickly and cheaply. Dubbed ,Chipuka, (Swahili word for Emerge), Kenya's software certification program will offer credential examination for software developers and would help employers to easily identify software developers that have the skills necessary to carry out IT jobs to a professional and world class standard. Reuters

In order to mediate the software skills gap, the Kenya ICT Board is partnering with local and international universities to ensure companies have an easy and reliable way to identify skilled software developers in Kenya.

Chipuka will be the first “authentic” examination that would be attuned to the needs of the industry in general and incorporate a broad selection of professional tools.

A pilot exam will be ready by March 2013; the certification should be fully operational in Kenya by October 2013.

The Kenya ICT Board has introduce a certification program for software developers in Kenya. Dubbed ,Chipuka, (Swahili word for Emerge), the program will offer credential examination for software developers and would help employers to easily identify software developers that have the skills necessary to carry out IT jobs to a professional and world class standard.

The move is informed by a study carried out in 2011 by the Kenya ICT Board and IDC which revealed a software skills gap in Kenya. “Although there is a high demand for software development in Kenya, few companies source these skills locally. At least a quarter of companies surveyed said they were not satisfied with the quality of IT professionals in the local market. As a result, nearly a third, plan to contract external providers,” partly reads a statement by the Kenya ICT Board.

The survey predicts that the demand for software developers will grow by 135 per cent between 2011 and 2013.

“In order to spur innovation in ICT, we need our youth to be equipped with marketable skills,” said Dr. Bitange Ndemo, Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Information and Communications, “This certification will help us market our talent and grow the job market for young developers.”

Localized cross-vendor certification

The Kenya ICT Board recognizes that there are a number of certification programs for software engineers available in Kenya.

But many of those programs only test for general knowledge of software, rather than actually requiring someone to write software. Others certify competence for only certain software environments or only a certain vendor’s tool set.

Chipuka will be the first “authentic” examination that would be attuned to the needs of the industry in general and incorporate a broad selection of professional tools.

A pilot exam will be ready by March 2013; the certification should be fully operational in Kenya by October 2013.

Source: http://www.businessdailyafrica.com/Corporate+News/-/539550/1321846/-/sp445v/-/index.html

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One Response to “Kenya unveils a software certification program”

  1. This is a move in the right direction, we are in digital technology era and kenya should not left behind. I also hope price of software products and services will come down and reach everyone.

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