EPI Releases World’s First and Only IT Training Framework Fully Aligned to the European e-Competence Framework

Singapore (20-Nov-2015) – EPI leads again with the world’s first and currently, the world’s only, IT Training Framework® (ITTF®) fully aligned to the European e-Competence Framework (e-CF).  Always on the leading edge, developing services that address the needs in the industry ahead of its competitors, EPI designed the ITTF® to fill the gap in the global IT industry for skilled IT professionals who are up-to-date with the changes in the industry, and capable of supporting the business IT needs competently.  The ITTF® incorporates emerging trends and elements critical for IT professionals to remain competitive in an increasingly fast-paced, complex and demanding industry. 

The ITTF® provides a career training and certification track for global IT Professionals from entry level executives to senior professionals/managers, to strategic level IT leaders, CIOs and CTOs.  There are three training programmes in the ITTF®, being CITP® (Certifi­ed IT Professional®), CITS® (Certi­fied IT Specialist®) and the final and premier CITE® (Certi­fied IT Expert®).  The training programmes are vendor-neutral, competency-based and built on industry standards and frameworks (ISO/NIST/BS-EN), delivering truly practical hands-on skills for IT Professionals at all levels.  The courses in the ITTF® will all have external certifications by EXIN, thus offering global recognitions for IT professionals all over the world. 

Edward van Leent, Chairman & CEO of the EPI Group of Companies, said, “Everyone in the IT industry is well aware of the ongoing problem of inadequate skill resources plaguing the industry, not only at the entry level but all the way to the strategic level because of the uniqueness of the IT industry where changes are taking place an at amazing pace due to global competition and advances in technology.  Academic institutions can only do so much.  IT professionals in the workforce are constantly challenged to stay up-to-date to provide the best solutions for their companies and for their career progression.  We did a study of the available professional training programmes globally and found no structured programme to address this growing problem.  That was how the idea for the ITTF® was conceived.”

When asked what makes the ITTF® outstanding, the VP of EPI Group of Companies, Jan Willem Mooren, who is also the main lead for the development of the framework, said, “The ITTF® addresses up to 40 core competences required of IT professionals at all levels of IT, from (junior) engineer to CIO (Chief Information Officer).  It offers a career roadmap for IT professionals.  There is no other structured training and certification programme like this in the world, currently, though our competitors may soon try to copy us as we have experienced in the past with our data centre programmes.”

The first training being launched is the CITS® for senior IT professionals/managers, a 3-day course external certification exam by EXIN.  The CITP® and CITE® will follow soon.  The CITS® course has been given the thumbs up by independent external reviewers. They were highly impressed with the extensive topics and competences covered. 

More information can be found on www.epi-ap.com.


Press contact: Paige Fong, paige@epi-ap.com, +6012 2672336


About EPI

EPI is a European-origin, global data centre specialist company operating world-wide in over 50 countries through direct operations and a large partner network.  EPI offers an extensive range of data centre expert services which include consulting, data centre auditing and certification, and training.  

Established in 1987, EPI’s reputation has been built on delivering high quality technical expertise with a continuous drive for excellence and innovation.  In the early 2000s, recognizing the gap in data centre professional education, EPI’s group of data centre experts used their real-life hands-on experience from hundreds of global data centre projects, and embarked on a project to develop the world’s first certified data centre professional training program.  EPI has since grown its training portfolio to cover disciplines on data centre design and build, operations and governance, standards and compliance.  All EPI’s courses are well-recognized for their quality of content and instructions, and have garnered the independent accreditations and examination certifications from EXIN.   EPI now enjoys the prestige of having trained and certified the highest number of data centre professionals in the world.

EPI’s training and certification programs consist of CDCP, CDCS, CDCE, CDFOM, CITM, CDRP, CDMS, CTDC, CTIA, CTEA, CITP, CITS and CITE.

EPI’s philosophy is, and always will be a commitment to focus on quality and that includes delivering services and programs that are updated and relevant in a fast-paced industry, and commitment to after sales service and technical support to protect our customers’ interests and meet their business requirements.

Visit www.epi-ap.com for more information.


About European e-Competence Framework

The European e-Competence Framework (e-CF) provides a reference of 40 competences as required and applied at the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) workplace, using a common language for competences, skills and proficiency levels that can be understood across Europe. As the first sector-specific implementation of the European Qualifications Framework (EQF), the e-CF fits for application by ICT service, demand and supply organizations, companies, for managers and HR departments, for education institutions and training bodies, including higher education, for market watchers and policy makers, public and private sectors.  

Visit www.ecompetences.eu for more information.


About EXIN

EXIN is a global provider of independent information management certification and accreditation.  EXIN offer the most comprehensive portfolio of certificates and cooperate with hundreds of accredited partners worldwide, who provide training, develop courseware and manage examination centers.  EXIN is ISO-certified (ISO 9001:2008). We operate according to ISO 17024, ISO 27001 and EN 45011. EXIN has certified close to 2 million individuals and continues to grow. Visit www.exin.com for more information..


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