British Computing Society Professional Examination

Discussion in 'IT and Computer-Related Degrees' started by SteveFoerster, Aug 3, 2004.

  1. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    The British Computing Society has a BCS Professional Examination that is the equivalent of an honours bachelor's degree. The exam system also has subsets that correspond with equivalency for one-year certificates and two-year diplomas.

    Does anyone have any experience with this system? Is it respected as a degree equivalent in the UK? Elsewhere? Is it available only in the UK or elsewhere?

  2. Felipe C. Abala

    Felipe C. Abala New Member

    I hold the MBCS CITP from The British Computer Society, which is equivalent to a UK Honors degree. This can be achieved via the BCS Professional Exams comprised of Certificate, Diploma, and Professional Graduate Diploma.

    Exemption is possible if one has a relevant degree plus professional level IT experience.

    Mine was achieved via exemption of my BS in Industrial Engineering and 12 years IT experience along with the screening process i.e., referee reports (two referees), and professional review interview.

    Here is a list of authorized course providers via distance learning.

    Further info about the Exam

    I hope this helps.
  3. Felipe C. Abala

    Felipe C. Abala New Member

    Additional info:

    List of BCS International Sections

    Most Universities in the UK, I believe, accept MBCS CITP as a qualification for entry into a graduate (post graduate in UK) program.

    See an example in Open University MBA Program, and there are many others.
  4. ketti

    ketti New Member


    actually i am doing BS(CS)...... but i really don't know about the value of this degree in uk ...and i can't give your answer but if you help me in my question than its pleasure for me ...:)
    thanks in advance
  5. Mohammed

    Mohammed New Member


    I do recall that BCS is licensed by the Engineering Council. BCS provides an established route to achieving Chartered Engineer (CEng) status in the UK. Professional membership holders - MBCS and above can qualify for Chartered Engineer Status.
  6. RFValve

    RFValve Well-Known Member

    It really depends where you work. I obtained few British certifications and tried to use them in Canada, nobody knew what they were as most employers are familiar with American ones such as CISSP, MCSE, etc.

    British certifications are strong in Asia.

  7. msganti

    msganti Active Member

    Has anybody experience in taking the BCS exams in USA? The "US" section of their website is not helpful at all.
  8. Lerner

    Lerner Well-Known Member

    There is no US center to take the exam you will need to travel to a center in Europe or other countries, not sure if there is one in South America.
    Maybe Brazil.

    Also the value in US is mostly for employment. There is no transcript with the certificate or diploma from BCS, unless you study and take classes at accredited school.
    Without a transcript US colleges don't accept this credential in to entry in to US colleges.

    US Employers don't know what this credential is.

    NACES member evaluation service can evaluate the BCS Graduate Diploma as equivalent to Bachelors in IT or CS. This can help with employment in some companies.

    BCS Graduate Diploma equated to BSc degree, BCS Diploma is equivalent to US Associate degree and BCS certificate to US undergraduate certificate.

    In some rare cases academic credit was granted for BCS Diploma and Certificate toward Bachelors degree.
    I know one case when a person got 60 credits out of 120 for such diploma. HE was able to provide official listing of classes that one would need to take at accredited provider in EU in order to take this exam.

    For employment purposes mostly.
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  9. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    Armed with this, I would at least try to get into a Master's program.

  10. Lerner

    Lerner Well-Known Member

    I agree with Steve, the BCS added the Syllabus in pdf availble on their web site. Some schools will take it.

    Syllabus and exemptions | Higher Education Qualifications | Professionals | Qualifications, Training, Careers | BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT

    Here is official info from BCS web site, they make

  11. msganti

    msganti Active Member

    That sucks. Due to the nature of my job, it's extremely difficult to travel out.

    I am an IT professional with about 15yrs of experience (In software development and Architecture). I am looking at professional certifications in USA, but couldn't find any of some good value. I am already Microsoft-certified, so I am not looking at any more vendor certifications.

    Some time back I looked at ICCP - Institute for Certification of Computing Professionals, but it seems they are falling behind. At one time, Excelsior used to grant credits for their exams. I don't know if they do still.

    Any better alternatives to BCS in USA?
  12. Lerner

    Lerner Well-Known Member

    You may want to check out the IEEE Computer Society.
    Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP) and Certified Software Development Associate (CSDA) credentials.

    The CSDA, which has no prerequisites, is intended for undergraduates, recent graduates, and entry-level developers. For more details, visit IEEE Computer Society CSDA Certified Software Development Associate Home Page or email csda(at)computer(dot)org.
    The CSDP is designed for mid-career professionals and requires a combination of education and experience. For more information, visit IEEE Computer Society CSDP Certified Software Development Professional Certification Home Page or email csda(at)computer(dot)org.

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