Computer professionals are to be offered a brand new qualification. The British Computer Society (BCS), the chartered industry body for IT professionals, has announced a new green IT qualification - the Foundation Certificate in Green IT.

The qualification, launched in conjunction with training company QA, will provide candidates with the necessary understanding of best practice in the fast-growing area of green IT said the BCS.

The qualification will provide an understanding of the regulations, legislation and policies, carbon energy accounting and how to create a green IT strategy. Other areas covered include business benefit, end-to-end costing, emissions and energy efficiencies, procurement, lifecycle, and disposal planning, managing stakeholder relationships and behaviours.

By the end of the three-day course, candidates will have a fundamental understanding of the importance of IT when trying to achieve an organisation's green objective insists the BCS. The qualification will launch with a three-month pilot period in the UK, before becoming widely available internationally.