For the third time, the Kenyan government wants to regulate the ICT industry. The bill is generally aimed at training, registering, licensing, practice, and standards of ICT practitioners and for connected purposes.
The ICT Practitioners Act was first introduced in 2016 but it was barred by the ICT CS Joe Mucheru due to redundant regulations. The bill resurfaced again in 2018 and has again been re-introduced in 2020 through the Kenyan Gazette.
The bill defines ICT as technologies employed in collecting, storing, processing, using, or sending out information and include those involving the use of computers, mobile apparatus, or any telecommunication system.
The institute i.e the ICT Practitioners Institute shall be governed by a council. The council shall consist of:
- Principal Secretary in the ministry to handle ICT and National treasury matters.
- Representative under the ICT Authority.
- A representative appointee by the CS for training institutions in Kenya.
- A representative appointed by the CS for examining bodies.
- Persons of good standing nominated by ICT Association of Kenya, the Computer Society of Kenya, and Telecommunication service providers.
The functions of the Council include planning, arranging, coordinating, and overseeing professional training and development of ICT practitioners; promote the international recognition of the Institute and perform any other functions described under the provisions of the Act.
Who is eligible to join?
Initially, the bill stated that members should be degree/diploma holders in ICT or have a minimum of 3years experience. However, this requirement has been removed from the ICT Practitioners Act, 2020.
The ICT Practitioners Act, 2020 states that every person that is eligible to be registered as an ICT practitioner may apply in a prescribed form to the Registrar for registration in the register. Once the council has reviewed the application and is satisfied, then the member is registered. All registrations made should be accompanied by the prescribed fee.
All members of the institute are issued a license. The license attracts an annual subscription fee as prescribed by the council.
The act allows the institution to approve courses for purposes of registration of ICT practitioners, administer examinations, plan, arrange, coordinate, and oversee continuing professional training and development of ICT practitioners. It grants all ICT practitioners a sense of belonging, including the University students.