The National Outsourcing Association has launched new qualifications in outsourcing, available at several levels up to a masters degree.
The qualifications aim to help companies more accurately evaluate the skills and knowledge of their IT suppliers.
Those working in outsourcing can now begin the qualification, which is accredited by Middlesex University and run by NOA Pathway, the association’s new professional development arm.
The entry level qualification is called NOA Gateway, offering a basic foundation in outsourcing. Above this is the NOA Professional Certificate, equivalent to the first year of a degree, and the NOA Advanced Professional Certificate, equivalent to the third year of a degree. The top level is the NOA Diploma, which is the equivalent of a masters degree.
The programmes aim to help companies achieve best practice in outsourcing, and were three years in development.
Martyn Hart, NOA chairman, said: “Until now, there has been no common best practice standard or benchmark for outsourcing and there is no way of recognising whether staff involved know their subject or not.”
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