Job Analysis Report:
The Job of the Information/Data Quality Professional
C. Lwanga Yonke, Christian Walenta and John R. Talburt
For the first time, a broad group of information/data quality practitioners across the globe has reached consensus on the definition of the job of information/data quality professional. This achievement represents a major milestone in the establishment of information/data quality as a distinct profession.
This breakthrough is the outcome of a job analysis study jointly conducted between October 2008 and March 2009 by the International Association for Information and Data Quality (IAIDQ), guided by CASTLE Worldwide, Inc. (CASTLE). The purpose of the study was to build IAIDQ’s Information Quality Certified Professional (IQCPSM) credential on a solid foundation validated by practitioners and consistent with best practices and accepted standards. The process followed by IAIDQ and CASTLE complies with widely accepted standards and regulations as the ISO/IEC 17024 for Personnel Certification Bodies, Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing, American Educational Research Association (1999); and the Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures (1977 and updated); and Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs, published by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA, 2002, USA).This distinguishes the IQCPSM credential from other information / data quality certifications or certificates currently offered in the marketplace.