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
  • To apply for registration with BCS you need to be a BCS Professional member (MBCS) or Fellow (FBCS)

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. Members can access the CITP application process in MyBCS.

1. Your first step is to apply online

You’ll need to submit a series of statements describing your experience under the headings of autonomy, influence, complexity of work, and business skills. You’ll also be asked to upload your CV and provide information demonstrating your breadth of knowledge across the IT profession.

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 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.

Accredited certification

If you hold certification that’s accredited by BCS for CITP registration, it reduces the assessment required to join the register - check your certification here (PDF)

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 knowledge and experience. 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 will ask questions to verify your knowledge and competence. 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
    On 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.

    • 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

Annual CITP registration subscription: £46

One-off application fee will only be refunded when your application has been closed due to no response from your designated supporters.

The application fee will not be refunded if you withdraw your application or you do not supply enough information for your application to be assessed.

If our initial assessment of your application is unsuccessful, you’ll be refunded in full.

No refund of application fee once you have undertaken an online interview.

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 apply 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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