Who is it for?

  • The Essential Certificate is designed for people who are new to project and programme support office roles.
  • Suitable for people with a basic working knowledge of IT.

Entry requirements

  • Candidates should have basic working knowledge of IT.
    Training with a BCS Accredited training provider is recommended, but not mandatory.

What will I learn?

  • You’ll gain a broad understanding of project and programme models and processes, including:

    • Programme and project organisation structures
    • Programme and project planning
    • Programme and project documentation
    • Programme and project monitoring and reporting
    • Exception situations
    • Risk management
    • Business case techniques
    • Configuration management
    • Quality management
    • Supporting the use of the techniques


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

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How do I get this certification?

Training and exam (recommended)

Take this course with one of our accredited training providers.

How long will it take?

Classroom courses normally last three 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.

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Exam only (self study)

Ideal if you’re self-motivated and already know something about programme and project support.

How long will it take?

It usually takes a minimum of 18 hours to prepare for the exam.

Where do I sit my exam?

At the BCS London office. To book this exam please contact us online or call +44 (0) 1793 417417.

How much does it cost?

Exam price: £192 (£160.00 + VAT)

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What format is the exam?

  • One hour 'closed book' with 40 multiple choice questions
  • Pass mark is 65% (26/40)

What's next?

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