Please note: This certification is being retired from the BCS product list and will be removed on 31 December 2020.

Who is it for?

Those who have well-developed technical or business skills and need to operate in a consultative role, providing expert guidance to internal and external clients.

Entry requirements

  • None. The candidate should have basic working knowledge of IT and it is recommended candidates attend the accredited training course.
  • Ideally candidates should have at least three years’ experience or recognised qualifications in the discipline in which they plan to provide consultancy.

What will I learn?

Candidates should be able to:

  • Define the role of the consultant and identify different consultancy models.
  • Appreciate and describe client issues and their business context.
  • Navigate the political landscape that a consultant operates.
  • Define the generic consultancy assignment life cycle.
  • Plan and manage client relationships over the consultancy life cycle.
  • Scope, propose and contract consultancy assignments.
  • Structure, plan and control consultancy assignments.
  • Deal with difficult client issues.
  • Apply a range of best practice consultancy techniques.
  • Appreciate different personalities and respond appropriately to client behaviours.
  • Problem solve and communication clearly and consistently.
  • Take responsibility for personal time management.
  • Demonstrate interpersonal skills specific to consultants.
  • Understand the importance of innovative and creative thinking.
  • Apply quality control and measurement within consultancy assignments.

The syllabus includes training objectives, details of modules and learning hours, plus a recommended reading list:

Download our latest syllabus (PDF)

How do I get this qualification?

Training and exam (recommended)

Take this course with one of our accredited training providers.

How long will it take?

Classroom courses normally last five days.

Where can I study?

At a BCS accredited training provider near you.

How much does it cost?

Course prices vary depending on your chosen training provider and course format.

Find a provider

What format is the exam?

  • Two hour ‘closed book’ with 15 minutes reading time
  • Pass mark is 50%


What's next?

Higher level certifications

Gain the ultimate recognition for your status as a professional consultant with the BCS International Diploma in Consultancy.

This qualification is not regulated by the following United Kingdom Regulators - Ofqual, Qualifications Wales, CCEA Regulation or SQA.