Career Development

Professionalism in BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, is encouraged through Continuous Professional Development (CPD). BCS recommends that members achieve at least 20 CPD units per year. This can be achieved in a variety of ways:

  • Courses of study (including private study and distance learning) leading to successful examination or assessment e.g. academic qualifications, N/SVQs, Professional Certifications (ISEB) & vendor certificates (1 Unit per hour)
  • Interactive training where knowledge and skill is both acquired and demonstrated e.g. courses, workshops (¾ Unit per hour)
  • Attendance only CPD e.g. lectures, presentation, seminars, visits (½ Unit per hour)
  • Structured self study or distance learning not leading to examination or assessment as above (½ Unit per hour)
  • Preparation of a professional paper or article (5 Units per paper/article)
  • Production and (first) delivery of a professional presentation or lecture where this is not part of normal work duties e.g. as a lecturer (5 Units per hour of presentation)
  • Other useful CPD activities (½ Unit per hour)


BCS members can claim CPD credit for attendance at most BCS Guernsey events. Events will generally qualify for 0.5 units / credits per hour attendance.

BCS members can also manage their career development using a tool called Career Builder. This makes use of the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA). This is the UK government backed high-level IT skills standard. It describes the typical roles in IT and the skills needed to fulfil them.

Alongside Career Builder and SFIA, BCS offers the following ways to achieve recognised IT qualifications:

  • ECDL (European Computer Driving Licence) - With ECDL people learn how to use word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, databases, internet and email and other important aspects of computers.
  • Professional Certifications (ISEB) - Provides industry-recognized qualifications that measure competence, ability and performance in many areas of IT.
  • Higher Education Qualifications - At its highest level, BCS Higher Education Qualifications are examined to the academic level of a UK University honours degree and acknowledges practical experience and academic ability.


Further details on the above qualifications can be found on the BCS Qualifications website.