Our Institute Managing Director, Holly Porter, tells us why getting involved with BCS is not just great for your personal growth, but for the growth of the profession too.

Why join BCS?

Joining BCS is about being recognised as a competent, ethical and accountable professional who’s using tech for good in today’s society. It’s about developing your skills and keeping up to date with the latest digital thinking, growing your professional network, and being respected for your place in the industry.

Plan and progress your career

Benchmark your abilities on the IT industry skills framework, plot your career goals, and access the resources that will help you meet them.

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Enjoy industry recognition

Raise your profile with industry letters after your name, a place on a public register, and your professional integrity backed by our members’ code.

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Connect with the tech community

Join our network where you can share knowledge and collaborate on all things digital, from everyday IT to the ethical challenges facing your sector.

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Partner with a BCS mentor

Take your lead from a BCS mentor, someone on your career path a step or two ahead who can share their IT and business expertise to help you develop yours.

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Keep your skills up to date

Tech is evolving every day and you will too at BCS with practical career development tools, e-learning and CPD resources at your fingertips.

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Save £££s

Enrich your IT career for less with a wide range of discounts on training, hardware, publications, public liability cover, legal services and more.

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Open the door to the industry

As an IT student, you’re preparing for one of the most exciting careers of our age, and BCS membership will give you the best possible start. Tap into exclusive info and research, connect with the IT community to build up your professional network, and get yourself ready for the job market with our employability tools – discover Student membership

Study support


There’s only so much you can learn in the classroom. For the rest, there’s mentoring. Nothing beats tapping into the experience of someone already working in the industry.

Community and networking

Industry contacts

Think of BCS as your gateway to the technology industry. There’s a wide choice of groups, channels and events where you can connect with employers and practitioners in every field of IT.

Study support

Great discounts

Let’s face it, part of student life is about counting the pennies. And you’ll have more of them to count at BCS, with money off top brand PC hardware and every title in our online bookshop.



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Interview simulator

Handle every interview like a pro by sitting some mock interviews first. Perfect all your question responses, and practise your body language so it says all the right things too!



Brush up on those communication skills, your time management and workplace etiquette, with our online tutorials and interactive assessments – plus oodles of advice in our employer videos.

Live your best career in tech

Wherever you want to go in your digital career, as a BCS Professional member you’ll be sure to get there. And you’ll enjoy the journey too. Connect with practitioners across the industry, expand your IT brain, get recognised for your technical abilities and uncover exciting new career opportunities – discover Professional membership

Professional recognition

Letters after your name

Bask in the pride and recognition that BCS post-nominal letters bring. They’re an instant nod to your professionalism and a valuable upgrade to your signature block.

Professional recognition

Ethical code

Good IT is ethical IT. Show just how good you are as a BCS member by signing up to the BCS Code of Conduct and upholding the ethical standards it sets out.

Community and networking

Specialist groups

Whatever your IT interests, there’s a group of people at BCS who share them. We call them specialist groups and they’re a great place to develop your thinking and enthusiasm.

Skills development

IT skills framework

Dive into the SFIAplus competency framework and carry out your very own skills audit. You can find out which SFIA level you’re working at now, and what’s needed to level up.

Professional recognition

Enjoy the limelight

Fancy a spot as guest speaker? You’ll have the opportunity at BCS, online or in person, at our many webinars and events – or you can contribute your expertise by writing for our content hub.

Skills development

Personal career centre

Sharpen your soft skills, hone your interview techniques, assess your personality! Because wherever you are in your professional career, there’s always room to grow.

Stand out for your contribution

Whether you’re heading up a global tech business, an innovative startup or groundbreaking research, you’re an influential voice in today’s industry and a role model for practitioners across the profession. Enjoy the recognition you deserve and the opportunity to plough your insight back into the industry to steer its direction and inspire tomorrow’s talent – discover BCS Fellowship

Professional recognition

High recognition

Receive wider exposure and recognition for your contribution and impact in the digital society, with FBCS letters after your name and a place on the public Fellowship register.

Professional recognition

Become an assessor

Help to develop and promote standards of competence and professionalism across the technology industry as a BCS assessor, while elevating your own professional status too.

Community and networking

Conducive collaboration

Join a dynamic and inclusive network of influential technology professionals where you can share your ideas and challenges, and enjoy conversation with like minds from your sector and beyond.

Thought leadership

Extend your reach

Share your specialist knowledge and expertise as a panellist or presenter at a BCS event or webinar, join a BCS committee or board, and contribute written content to our popular ITNOW magazine.

Community and networking

Take up mentoring

Nurture next gen technology professionals and industry leaders by becoming a BCS mentor and passing on the priceless experience you’ve gained along your digital journey

Policy and influence

Bring about real change

Contribute your insight and opinion to our policy forums and government consultations to help influence ethical thinking and policy decisions in key areas like IT education, sustainability and security.

More than a membership body

Find out what it takes to be the professional body for IT. And how we’re making IT good for society.

Which grade's for me?

Wherever you are in your digital journey, there’s a BCS membership grade that’s right for you.


If you’re studying an IT-related course or digital T Level: find out more

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For a year’s subscription

Associate (AMBCS)

If you're an IT apprentice or trainee in the workplace, or on a Skills Bootcamp: why join?


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Professional (MBCS)

If you’re working or teaching in computing and tech: here are the benefits


For a year’s subscription

Fellow (FBCS)

If you’re an IT leader or role model in your field: tell me more


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* Get discount when you pay by yearly Direct Debit, or spread the cost into monthly payments (T&Cs apply)

Find out about our early careers offer, retired member subscription and other reduced fees

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Any questions?

How will BCS membership help my career?

As a member you can meet people across the industry, expand your network and your thinking; plus you’ll be able to benchmark your technical skills, raise your profile and discover many new routes for progression.

What are the benefits of membership?

Wide-ranging! They include our skills e-learning library and IT competency matrix, career mentoring, employability tools, exclusive savings and of course interaction with the global BCS tech community.

Which grade should I apply for?

Choose your grade based on where you are in your career journey, and your level of experience – whether you’re studying, training, working, or just looking to give back to the industry, there’s a grade for you.

What do I have to do to become chartered?

Chartered IT Professional (CITP) is the industry’s gold standard. Achieving CITP involves evidencing your competence and professionalism in a written application and assessor review meeting. Learn more about becoming chartered

How do I upgrade to the next level of membership?

Upgrading involves a short online process to update and verify your credentials. When you’re ready to take your membership to the next level, head to your MyBCS account profile and follow the upgrade link.

How do I rejoin or reinstate my membership?

If it’s less than three years since you left BCS, you can still log in to your MyBCS account to reinstate your membership. If it’s longer than three years, you'll need to rejoin as a new member. Get in touch with our customer service team if you have any issues or queries regarding this.

Our members

From one-man bands to global players

The BCS community is home to more than 70,000 members in over 150 countries around the world, in companies like these...

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