As a professional member of the BCS (British Computer Society) for some years, I decided late last year to apply for Chartered IT Professional status, as I feel that represents my attitudes and role in the IT industry.
Glad to say, that request was accepted and that I can now use the letters 'CITP' after my name. It means I also need to pay attention to the code of conduct and to make sure I maintain the correct level of professionalism in my engagements and my future career progression.
However, if I had applied earlier in the year, I would have been able to read my name in a BCS feature in the Telegraph last February. http://www.bcs.org/server.php?show=ConWebDoc.17339
Not that my ego likes to see my name in the press, but it is nice to get recognition from as many different channels as possible. Maybe I can post an addendum next year if they list 2008 members awarded CITP status...