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Associate membership FAQs

Associate Membership for BCS Professional Certification Candidates

I have taken a BCS professional certification, am I eligible for Associate membership?
How long will it take to receive my activation notice once I have passed my BCS professional certification?
Will I be eligible for Associate membership if I have failed my certification?
Once I have Associate membership through this offer, will I be able to upgrade to Professional membership (MBCS or FBCS)?
I am currently applying for BCS membership, am I eligible for Associate membership under this offer?
I used to be a member of the BCS, am I eligible for Associate membership under this offer?
If I am not eligible for BCS Associate membership through this offer can I still apply for membership?
How long will this offer last?
What happens when my first year membership ends?

 
I have taken a BCS professional certification, am I eligible for Associate membership?

You will be eligible for BCS Associate Membership at no additional cost for 12 months, if you have passed a BCS Professional Certificate on or after 1 January 2012. You must comply with the Institute’s Charter, Bye-Laws and Regulations and Code of Conduct. In order to receive your offer, when you register for your BCS professional certification you must remain ‘opted in’ to communications from BCS. You can opt out at any time in the future.

 
How long will it take to receive my activation notice once I have passed my BCS professional certification?

It will take up to two weeks to receive your invite to activate your Associate membership following notification of the results of your certification.

 
Will I be eligible for Associate membership if I have failed my certification?

If you fail any professional certification you will not be eligible for BCS Associate membership through this offer. However, you may be eligible to purchase membership. Visit www.bcs.org/join

 
Once I have Associate membership through this offer, will I be able to upgrade to Professional membership (MBCS or FBCS)?

If you are an experienced IT Professional, you may be eligible for Professional membership (MBCS or FBCS) or apply for Chartered status. If you have achieved Associate membership following the successful completion of a BCS professional certification you may be able to upgrade your Associate membership for an additional fee. To upgrade, please visit the Members Secure area and click ‘Upgrade’. You will be asked for more information about your experience and qualifications for us to validate your eligibility. You will be required to pay the full fees for the grade you apply for. When awarded, your upgraded membership will be for a full year from the date of upgrade.

 
I am currently applying for BCS membership, am I eligible for Associate membership under this offer?

If you already have an application in progress for BCS membership your application will continue to be processed. You will not be eligible for Associate membership under this offer.

 
I used to be a member of the BCS, am I eligible for Associate membership under this offer?

If you are a current BCS member or your membership has been removed or lapsed you will not be eligible for Associate membership. You will need to apply and pay for membership through the standard application route.

 
If I am not eligible for BCS Associate membership through this offer can I still apply for membership?

If you are not eligible for BCS Associate membership through this offer you may still be eligible for Associate membership through the standard application route.  Please visit the Membership website to find out more.

 
How long will this offer last?

BCS reserves the right to remove this offer or to change any of the eligibility criteria at any time to reflect BCS’ membership requirements and may do so without prior notice.

 
What happens when my first year membership ends?

To continue taking advantage of all of the benefits of BCS membership, you will automatically be invited to renew your BCS membership at the subscription rate published at that time.