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TickITplus Certification Scheme Now Live

05-26-2011 09:21 AM CET | IT, New Media & Software

Press release from: gasq - Global Association for Software Quality

UKAS, the United Kingdom Accreditation Service, has now accredited the first three certification bodies for the delivery of TickITplus certification services.

TickITplus is a natural development of the highly regarded TickIT scheme. TickITplus is a process-based scheme that adopts a tiered approach to certification. This means that there can be a quantifiable, externally certificated measure of an organisation’s IT services lifecycle process maturity and capability to ISO15504. The TickITplus scheme recognizes the changes that have taken place since the original launch of TickIT, takes into account the diversity of the IT sector and is relevant to software developers and suppliers of IT products and services.
The first three UKAS-accredited certification bodies for TickITplus Foundation level assessments are:

British Standards Institute (BSI) - www.bsigroup.com
DNV - www.dnv.co.uk/services/certification/management_systems/quality/TickITplus
Lloyds Register Quality Assurance (LRQA) - www.lrqa.co.uk/certification/quality/tickit

Nexor is one of the first organisations to have achieved TickITplus certification.
TickITplus offers a number of benefits to different stakeholders. For customers, TickITplus can be used as a measure of a supplier’s process capability and maturity, especially in procurement selection, to reduce risk. For organisations implementing TickITplus, business risk is reduced as a result of increased capability, embedded best practice and creation of a culture of continuous improvement.
TickITplus includes ISO 9001 approval, with the capability dimension of TickITplus enabling access to markets requiring ISO15504 compliance, such as CMMI and SPICE.
TickITplus also gives entry level access to capability grading for small IT organisations and significant cost savings for those already pursuing both ISO 9001 and Capability Maturity Measurements.
Existing TickIT-registered organisations will need to make a transition to the new TickITplus Foundation level within the next three years.

gasq is via gasq Service GmbH the official certification body for personal certifications and the official registration body for TickITplus.

gasq is an international, member-based, non-profit association, a so-called "AISBL" (international association without financial interest). It is officially registered with the Belgian and European authorities. It is a non-governmental organization and has not received any government subsidies to be set up.
Founding members of gasq come from all of Europe, but also from The Americas and Asia. The main goal of gasq is to support software quality in research, teachings and industry.
gasq maintains international networks and supports and develops certification programs, e.g. for software tester or usability professionals. At the same time, gasq is service provider for groups and associations that work for software quality.

Global Association for Software Quality AISBL
100-102 Avenue des Saisons
1050 Bruxelles
Website: www.gasq.org
E-Mail: info (at) gasq.org
Press contact: Werner Henschelchen

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