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One way to advance your career in IT consulting is to join a trade association and enjoy the advantages of networking with other IT professionals and sharing best practice with top experts in the field.

Find out more about these industry bodies and see how they can benefit your consulting career!

British Computer Society (BCS)
British Computer Society
The British Computer Society is Britain's largest industry body for computing and the information and communications sector.
Independent Computer Consultants Association (ICCA)
Independent Computer Consultants Association
The ICCA is an international non-profit trade association that represents independent IT consultants in the United States and worldwide.
Institute for Certification of Computing Professionals (ICCP)
Institute for Certification of Computing Professionals
The ICCP is an IT consulting industry body dedicated to upholding the highest standards in the field of information and communications technology.
Intellect
Intellect
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Management Consultancies Association (MCA)
Management Consultancies Association
The MCA is a trade association that represents management consulting firms in the UK to industry clients, the government and the public.
SAP UK & Ireland User Group
SAP UK & Ireland User Group
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Society of Information Technology Management (Socitm)
Society of Information Technology Management
The Society of Information Technology Management is a professional association for ICT managers employed in the public sector.
The UK Oracle User Group
The UK Oracle User Group
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Independent Computer Consultants Association (ICCA)

The organization and the mission

The Independent Computer Consultants Association (ICCA) is an international non-profit organization that represents a large number of independent information technology consultants in the U.S. and internationally. The aim of the ICCA is to keep upholding and elevating the quality and standards in the computer consulting industry.

The Association's mission is to help independent computer consultants become even more successful in offering their expertise to clients. Founded in 1976, the Association has headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri, and chapters in more than 20 major cities in the United States. It is also one of the big six computer related associations that are represented on the Board of Directors of the Institute of Certified Computer Professionals (ICCP).

ICCA: criteria and standards

ICCA members are primarily independent information technology experts and computer consultants who specialize in strategic planning, systems integration and analysis, design and development, implementation, support, technical writing, business analysis, education and training. They are professionals who get hired to recommend the latest technologies to their clients and implement them for the benefit of improving the clients' business processes and operations.

Information technology consultants who are members of the ICCA believe that integrity, excellence and ethical conduct are the keys to success in the IT consulting industry. By becoming a member, each consultant agrees to abide by the ICCA standards and code of ethics. Associate members are usually people who plan to become independent computer consultants at some point in the future or firms which do not primarily specialize in IT consulting, but in one of the related industries (information technology law, sales, brokerage, accounting services, etc.)

Membership benefits for IT consultants at ICCA

ICCA consultant members are mostly firms with ten or more years of experience in the field, who keep up with the rapidly changing world of technologies and are able to put their skills to practical use and help entrepreneurs, companies and corporations become more productive by offering them advanced solutions for their businesses.

The Association presents independent IT consultants with opportunities for professional development, it brings their products and services to public attention, provides them with different insurance and retirement options and savings, offers them legal services, mentoring programs, opportunities to join special interest groups and it generally promotes professionalism in the field. Beyond that, through their membership in ICCA, IT firms and consultants have the chance to develop a solid network of business contacts, to attend different educational conferences and have a number of informative publications at their disposal, including the ICCA bimonthly newsletter, The Independent.

Membership is open both to individual IT consultants and to any company that deals mainly in computer consulting. Those to whom IT consulting is not the primary field of expertise are always welcome to apply for associate membership. ICCA associate members also enjoy membership benefits, but do not have voting rights at the Association. Since ICCA is one of the associations which support ICCP's certification program, the members get discounts if they choose to take the ICCP certification exam. This is just one in a series of ways in which the ICCA contributes to standards of professionalism in the computer industry.

Visit the ICCA website at http://www.icca.org
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