Chartered IT Professional

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Chartered IT Professional (in full, Chartered Information Technology Professional) denoted by CITP is a professional qualification awarded under Royal Charter to IT professionals who satisfy strict criteria[citation needed] set by the British Computer Society (BCS), which is a professional body for IT in the United Kingdom.


The title Chartered IT Professional is aligned with Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA), the UK Government backed competency framework, CITP is the benchmark of IT excellence and is terminal (final/top most) qualification in IT.

Criteria and requirements for chartered status in the UK have to be approved by the Privy Council and as such the CITP designation is on par with other chartered qualifications in other fields (such as the Chartered Accountant qualification awarded by the ICAEW).

CITP status is gaining increasing national and international recognition as the benchmark of excellence for IT professionals. It provides evidence of an individual’s commitment to their profession and endorsement of their experience and knowledge.


In order to qualify for this award a person normally needs to have at least 8 to 10 years professional experience in IT, with evidence of experience at a senior level (5) in the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA), have passed a professional competency examination and successfully completed a skills assessment interview with two BCS assessors.[1]

A fast track scheme exists for holders of Certified Architect and Certified IT Specialist certifications from The Open Group, which exempts applicants from the initial review and interview elements of the application process.[2]

In order to maintain a certificate of current competence, demonstrable CPD must be undertaken.[3]

Designatory lettering[edit]

Chartered IT Professionals are entitled to use the suffix CITP after their names.[4] This is written after honours, decorations and university degrees and before letters denoting membership of professional engineering institutions - for example: BSc (Hons) CITP MBCS.[5]

The BCS maintains an online register of members with CITP status.[6]


Other Professional membership bodies apply to the BCS for a licence that enables them to award CITP to their eligible members.


The Irish Computer Society is the awarding body of CITP status in Ireland. The standard has been developed in consultation with BCS and applicants undergo the same assessment process.

New Zealand[edit]

The Institute of IT Professionals New Zealand is licensed to award CITP status in New Zealand. The body extends the CITP standard to CITPNZ, incorporating additional requirements such as mandatory practicing certificate to retain the designation.[7]

United Kingdom[edit]

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) was the first membership body licensed to award CITP, but the agreement ended on 22 February 2020.[8]


  1. ^ "CITP Assessment criteria". British Computer Society. Archived from the original on 28 December 2014. Retrieved 18 December 2013.
  2. ^ "CITP - The Open Group Fast Track Scheme". British Computer Society. Retrieved 18 December 2013.
  3. ^ "Revalidation". British Computer Society. Archived from the original on 28 December 2014. Retrieved 18 December 2013.
  4. ^ "Benefits of CITP status". British Computer Society. Retrieved 18 December 2013.
  5. ^ "BCS FAQ: In which order should my post-nominal letters appear?". British Computer Society. Retrieved 18 December 2013.
  6. ^ "BCS Register of Members". British Computer Society. Retrieved 19 December 2013.
  7. ^ "Certification for IT Professionals in New Zealand". Retrieved 15 March 2021.
  8. ^ "Chartered IT Professional (CITP) via the IET". Retrieved 6 March 2020.

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