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Integrating Off-the-Shelf Software Solutions  Practitioner

Many organisations now choose to fulfil their information system requirements through purchasing and implementing commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software package solutions. This certificate provides a focus and a framework for selecting, customising and implementing off-the-shelf software package solutions. This certification also counts towards the Diploma in Systems Development.
  • Overview

    What are the learning outcomes?

    The candidate should be able to:

    • Establish the strategic issues of the off-the-shelf software package approach
    • Define a framework for effective software package selection
    • Define a framework for effective customisation and integration
    • Define functional requirements at the appropriate level
    • Develop a checklist of non-functional requirements
    • Define product and supplier requirements
    • Define system integration requirements
    • Structure and distribute the Request For Proposals (RFP)
    • Identify and investigate potential off-the-shelf software package solutions
    • Present recommendations about the fit of a selected off-the-shelf software package against agreed requirements and define the implications of this
    • Identify implementation and long-term support arrangements for the selected off-the-shelf software package and its customised elements
    • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the software package approach to systems development

    We are pleased to announce that we have updated the Integrating off the Shelf Syllabus and Sample Questions which will take effect from 1 February 2012. The updated Syllabus Version 2.0 and Sample Questions are now available for download.  

    Who is it aimed at?

    This certification is suitable for those who are engaged in any aspect of software solutions.

    Entry Requirements:

    There are no specific pre-requisites for entry to the examination, however candidates should be suitably prepared and possess the appropriate skills and knowledge to fulfil the objectives above.

  • Book Exam

    This section contains information and documents that will help you take this examination.


    Structure of the Exam

    • The examination consists of one hour written (open book) exam, which is based on a business scenario, with 15 minutes reading time.
    • If your business language and mother tongue is not English then you are entitled to an additional 15 minutes. Please contact your Examination Provider to request the additional time. You are allowed the use of a paper dictionary.

    Exam Options, Dates & Locations

    There are two exam options for this certification:

    • Accredited Examination Provider (course & exam)
    • Accredited Examination Provider (exam only)

    Accredited Examination Provider
    BCS accredits Examination Providers and promotes those organisations which demonstrate that they use competent staff and suitable examination papers. BCS does not accredit the course materials used by the Examination Providers who deliver the courses for the BSD scheme. If you attend a training course, details of the exam can be obtained from your Examination Provider.


    Exam Fees

    If you are booking though an Accredited Examination Provider then you can obtain information on fees and charges by contacting them directly.


    Register for the Exam

    Examinations Provider
    If you are taking training through an accredited examination provider, you will obtain and submit your registration form through them.

    Extra time can be requested for candidates with a disability. Please refer to the reasonable adjustments policy for detailed information on how and when to apply.

    Extra time can be awarded for candidates who sit the exam in a language which is not their mother tongue and where the language of the exam is not their primary business language. Please refer to the reasonable adjustments policy for detailed information.

  • Examination Providers

    Further information about the Certificate in Integrating Off-The-Shelf Software Solutions can be obtained from our Accredited Examination Providers.