Benchmark your knowledge and skills against the recognised industry standard

Demonstrate your current competence to clients and employers, and the value you bring

Set yourself apart as a highly-skilled IT professional with a place on the public CITP register

Help to raise the profile of your profession and play a part in shaping its development

Is it for me?

You're ready to become CITP if you are:

  • engaged in challenging and complex activities across the business
  • in a position of influence and responsibility
  • committed to continuing your professional development

What are the requirements?

  • You’re assessed against the criteria set out in the CITP standard
  • You need to be a member of a professional body licenced to award CITP:
    • BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT
    • the IET
    • Irish Computer Society 
    • ITP New Zealand
    • Institute of Highway Engineers

How to apply

You’ll need to evidence your competence and knowledge in a written application, and in an online discussion with our chartered assessors. To access the CITP application process in MyBCS, you must be MBCS or FBCS.

1. Your first step is to apply online

You’ll need to submit a series of statements demonstrating your competence under the headings of autonomy, influence, complexity of work, and business skills. You’ll also be asked to upload your CV and provide information about your experience and / or qualifications to show your breadth of knowledge.

Here's a useful guide to completing your application.

2. Could your qualifications advance your application?

Accredited degree
If you hold a degree accredited by BCS with Full CITP accreditation, you won’t need to provide any further evidence of your breadth of knowledge.

Check your qualification - your degree is eligible if it's listed in this search with Full CITP level of accreditation for your intake year.

Fast-track scheme
If you hold one of the following certifications, you qualify for CITP status providing you can evidence breadth of knowledge across the IT profession.

3. You need a supporter to verify your information

Your supporter could be an employer, client or colleague. They’ll need to work at your level or above, and be able to offer a reliable opinion of your skills and competence. We'll ask them to review your application before confirming their support.

4. You’ll meet online with our chartered assessors

After we’ve assessed your application and your supporter has responded, you'll be invited to meet with two of our chartered assessors online. You'll need to give a 10-minute presentation to bring your professional competence to life, and our assessors may ask you questions about your skills and experience. The meeting usually lasts an hour.

5. What happens when I become CITP?
  • Public register
    Confirm your place among the most influential IT professionals in the industry by appearing in the public register of Chartered IT Professionals

  • Certificate of current competence
    Upon registration, you’re awarded a certificate of current competence which is valid for five years. To extend your certificate after the initial five-year period, you’ll be invited to submit evidence of your CPD and continued competence in your specialist area.

  • Get involved
    Your knowledge, experience and opinion are valuable commodities which you can invest in BCS to support your CPD as well as the development of our industry.

    • Mentoring network - inspiring another person and seeing them progress and benefit from your knowledge and insight is a hugely rewarding experience.

    • Policy hub - we're regularly consulted by government and other key bodies - help to influence policy and legislation by having your say on the important issues affecting us all.

    • Volunteering - grow your professional network, and the profile of your field, by taking an active role in the running of our membership community.

What does it cost?

One-off application fee: £160
If initial assessment of your application is unsuccessful, you’ll be refunded in full.

Annual CITP registration subscription: £45

I want to apply for CITP

I'm a BCS member

If you're MBCS or FBCS, you can log in to MyBCS to start your application.

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I'm not a BCS member

To register for CITP, you'll need to be an MBCS or FBCS member.

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Any questions about CITP?

Take a look at our FAQs or contact us

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