Retired member subscription

Just because you're leaving or have left employment, doesn’t mean you have to leave the profession.

Our retired membership will help you to make the most of your retirement, whilst continuing to offer the level of information and opportunities that you'd expect from your professional body.

In your retirement, you can still play an active role within BCS. We value the skills, experience and crucial knowledge you can pass on to a growing base of younger members.

Being a retired member means you can:

  • Share skills, knowledge and give advice by becoming a mentor
  • Be a core part of your branch by joining the committee and recruiting new members
  • Explore assessor opportunities
  • Keeping up to date with latest industry news
  • Take advantage of a reduced membership fee
  • Not ready to retire? Have you thought about teaching? BCS Scholarship programme can enable you to shape the next generation of aspiring tech students

How can I apply?

Please complete the retired rate subscription form below and email to: or send it into us at the address below. Alternatively, telephone Customer Service on +44 (0)1793 417417.

Application for retired rate subscription (MS-Word)
Application for retired rate subscription (PDF)

Note: BCS reserve the right to amend or withdraw the eligibility criteria for reduced subscription rates without prior warning.

BCS, Finance (Subscription Enquiries)
First Floor, Block D, North Star House
North Star Avenue, Swindon SN2 1FA  United Kingdom

Customer Service
Tel: +44 (0)1793 417417
Fax: +44 (0)1793 417444
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Frequently asked questions

Who can apply for a retired rate?
You can apply for the retired rate if you have retired from employment.

How much does the retired rate cost?
For the period to 30 April 2017, there is a flat fee of £50 per year for all retired rate membership subscriptions. Those members on a retired membership rate who have an Engineering Council (EC) registration will have a reduced annual EC renewal fee. This will be £17.60 for CEng and £14.70 for IEng. These fees are reviewed annually.

When should I apply for the retired rate?
You can apply for the retired rate at any time. A retired rate can be granted at any point during the calendar year in which you will retire. If you have already paid your yearly subscription your retired rate will take affect from your next renewal.

What if I am due to retire half way through my current subscription?
We can grant you the retired rate at any point in the year in which you retire, for example if you are due to renew in May and you are due to retire in December of the same year we will grant you the retired rate for your renewal in May.

I pay by Direct Debit, how can I ensure that the correct amount is debited from my account?
To ensure that the correct amount is deducted from your bank account, please return your retired rate application form to us by the 1st of the month prior to your renewal start date.