Experience / qualifications

To become a BCS Professional member (MBCS), you'll need at least five year's IT work experience or relevant qualifications, or a combination of qualifications and experience.

Work experience

By 'IT work experience' we mean being professionally engaged in any aspect of building, maintaining, managing or operating IT - or the teaching / training of these activities - on a full-time basis.

You'll need to detail your work experience specifying job role(s), time period in the role(s), and relevant tasks and responsibilities including:

  • how you build, maintain and configure technology
  • IT-specific tools you use and how they’re incorporated in your role
  • IT programmes you use e.g. JavaScript, Oracle etc
    You'll have the option to provide this information by uploading your CV.

Relevant qualifications

If you hold a BCS-accredited degree or a BCS Professional Graduate Diploma in IT, you're eligible to apply for Professional membership, without work experience.

Holding a non-BCS-accredited degree, or BCS Professional Certification, reduces your required work experience to three years.

Our online application lets you check your qualifications and guides you to your most appropriate membership grade.


We'll need the details of a supporter who can comment on your competence and experience to verify your application.

They should be working at the same level as you or above, and able to offer a reliable opinion of your work performance.

Supporters are typically employers, colleagues or clients (sorry, no relatives). Please speak to your supporter in advance to confirm they're happy to verify your application and for BCS to hold their details for the purposes of BCS membership assessment and quality control.