BCS Professional Certification

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The BCS Professional Certification, formerly the Information Systems Examinations Board (ISEB), is a software testing qualifications board and a part of British Computer Society.

Initially started as a collaboration between the National Computing Centre (NCC) and BCS for the creation of the Certificate in Systems Analysis and Design for the then-Systems Analysis Examination Board (SAEB). In 1989 a new qualification in Project Management was developed. This was the start of an expansion of the portfolio of qualifications and therefore the Systems Analysis Examination Board made the decision to change its name to Information Systems Examination Board (ISEB). In 2012, this was repositioned as the BCS Professional Certification.[1]


BCS qualifications cover ten major subject areas in IT:[2]

The qualifications are available in various levels:

  • Foundation Level – broad introduction to a discipline.
  • Practitioner Level – practical application within a specific discipline.
  • Higher Level – in depth coverage within a specific discipline for specialists or managers.

BCS qualifications and exams are available internationally in 50 countries including Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, South Africa, and Brazil.

BCS Professional Certification offers qualifications via accredited training and examination providers and may be undertaken via both written and computer based examinations.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "ISEB Business Analysis Essentials is now BCS Business Analysis Practice". Retrieved 2013-05-02.
  2. ^ "About Professional Certification". BCS website. Retrieved 2013-05-02.