Connect with the wider data science community to share knowledge and grow your network.

Gain professional recognition for the skills you have.

Help promote professional standards to ensure the ethical and professional use of data.

Demonstrate your competence and experience to colleagues, employers and wider society.

What is AfDSP?

While the skills of data scientists are increasingly in demand BCS has been working in collaboration with a number of other bodies to develop a professional framework for those working within the field.

These new industry-wide standards look to address current issues, such as data breaches, the misuse of data in modelling and bias in artificial intelligence. They can give people confidence that their data is being used ethically, stored safely and analysed robustly.

Find out more about AfDSP

When can I apply?

We are currently piloting the Advanced Data Science Professional with a small cohort of volunteers, with the intent to run a second small cohort through autumn.


The Alliance for Data Science Professionals (AfDSP) comprises of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, the Royal Statistical Society, the Operational Research Society, the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, the Alan Turing Institute, and the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) and is backed by the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society.