ITx Rutherford 2019 Programme

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Chartered IT Professional NZ and CTech: What is it and why?

Thursday 3:40pm - 4:10pm, IT Professionals NZ (Cybersec Room 4)

You may have heard of Chartered IT Professional NZ (CITPNZ) and Certified Technologist (CTech), the two professional certifications offered by ITP.

But what are they and why do they matter?

This talk looks at the origins of professional certification, where tech is on the pathway to becoming a recognised profession (rather than just an occupation), work being undertaken around the world, and why you consider it.


Paul Matthews

Chief Executive, IT Professionals NZ

Paul Matthews is Chief executive of IT Professionals New Zealand, a role he has held for the past 11 years. He is a well networked leader, technologist, commentator within the tech sector.

At ITP, Paul leads the team that has transformed the organisation and delivered on a comprehensive programme of projects to improve the delivery of tech in NZ. His team also introduced professional certification to New Zealand (Chartered IT Professional NZ and CTech), accreditation of IT tertiary degrees, the ITx conference and much more.

Prior to this role Paul founded two technology-related companies including establishing and building the largest locally-owned IT company in Dunedin. Paul was originally MD and lead developer before expanding the company with teams focusing on both bespoke software and infrastructure.

He has a technology, management and entrepreneurial business background, supported by a BSc in Computer Science (Otago) and Executive MBA (Auckland).