The National ICT Competency Standards (NICS) define the knowledge and skills an individual must possess at a recognized level of competence in specific ICT fields/areas.  Knowledge and skills in competency areas are presented generally with specifics on essential areas of learning and performance indicators, but avoid reference to specific vendors, versions or equipment.  Thus, it allows flexibility in the adoption of the standard while preserving the general requirements for competence.

The competency standards on ICT will be used for performance management, professional development and professionalization of human capital in government, industry and academe. Each competency standard provides a common framework of expectations among government, business, educators, workers and students, such that:

  • Government & business are assured of manpower with the guaranteed ability to perform;
  • Educators can discern the competencies on which curriculum is based;
  • Workers understand what is expected to be performed and be more efficient & productive; and
  • Students know what they need to be able to do.

The NICS are developed through the conduct of several activities such as:  comparative research on current industry best practices in the Philippines and in other countries, focused group discussions or consultation with various government and private agencies, institutions, academe, and stakeholders, validation workshops, etc.

On February 25, 2010, CICT Chairman Ray Anthony Roxas-Chua III signed the CICT Circular No. 01 or the Policy Advisory promulgating the adoption of the National ICT Competency Standards in various ICT job roles.  7 Among the developed NICS included in the Circular are: