Enhance your career by building upon your personal and business skills with a holistic, industry-driven qualification.

Understand how to lead effectively, manage driven digital teams that enact solutions, and increase digital productivity across your organisation.

Develop skills and knowledge to support successful business change programmes within your organisation.

Aligned to CITP criteria.

Attain one of the four modules you need to achieve the IT Business Partner Award.

Who is it for?

  • This Practitioner-level award is aimed at digital professionals looking to enhance their soft skills in target areas.
  • Suitable for IT business partners, business analysts, business managers and members of their team, business change managers and project managers.

Entry requirements

  • There are no entry requirements for this certification.

What will I learn?

You’ll gain a good understanding of the different ways of understanding and communicating with different audiences, including:

  • Identifying and understanding your audience;
  • Understanding the process of requirements gathering;
  • Identifying and utilising effective methods of communication;
  • Communication planning and how to enact effective communication.


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

Download our latest syllabus

Download our latest specimen paper

How do I get this certificate?

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.

Providers coming soon

Exam only (self study)

Ideal if you’re self-motivated and already know something about leadership.

How long will it take?

It usually takes a minimum of 10 hours to prepare for the exam.

Where do I sit my exam?

If you're studying for this qualification without a training provider you can sit this exam directly with BCS.

How much does it cost?

UK price: £78 (£65 + VAT).
International prices may vary by region, please check international pricing via our Customer Service team.

Contact us on +44 (0)1793 417417

What format is the exam?

  • 45-minute ‘closed book’ exam format with 20 multiple choice 1- and 2-mark questions
  • Pass mark is 70% (21/30)

What's next?

Demonstrate your skills and expertise by completing the BCS Practitioner Certificate in Being an IT Business Partner.

BCS Being an IT Business Partner Award

  • Available once you’ve completed four Practitioner-level modules: Leading with an IT Mindset Award, Business Skills Award, Collaborating with Business Teams Award, and Being an IT Business Partner Certificate.
  • The award is granted on successful completion of the above modules.

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