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BCS International Diploma in Consultancy

Higher Certificate

Consultancy requires the provision of expert advice, analysis and interpretation. This Diploma brings together the important skills and techniques that a professional consultant needs to offer excellent consultancy services.

Who is this aimed at?

Technical or business specialists who offer consultancy services, expert advice and guidance to internal and / or external customers.

What are the entry requirements?

To be eligible for the oral examination, three modules are required to be passed:

  • one core module
  • one knowledge-based specialist module  
  • one practitioner specialist module

The oral examination should be taken within a year of completing this set of written examinations.

Core module Knowledge-based specialisms Practitioner specialisms
BCS Practitioner Certificate in Consultancy BCS Foundation Certificate (e.g. ITIL IT Service Management, Business Analysis) BCS Practitioner certification (e.g. Business Analysis Practice)
Vendor specific at Foundation, intermediate of Associate level. (e.g. Microsoft, Oracle, Cisco, SAS etc.) Vendor specific at Practitioner or Specialist level.(e.g. Microsoft, Oracle, Cisco, SAS etc.)
Certification at Foundation level from another examining body. (e.g. APMG, CompTIA, APM etc.) Certification at Practitioner level from another examining body. (e.g. APMG, CompTIA, APM etc.)
1 of the above 1 of the above 1 of the above

What format is the exam?

Up to 45 minute oral examination, which includes:

  • 5 minute introductions
  • 10 minute presentation1 (plus 10 minute Q and A)
  • 20 minute scenario-based discussion2

1 On either a work-related assignment, giving consideration to how consultancy skills were or could be employed in conducting the assignment, or a specific topic of relevance to the world of consultancy.

2 Based on the application of any of the topics from the syllabus.

Candidates are expected to demonstrate, and will be assessed on, consultancy skills such as building rapport, logical reasoning, listening, problem solving, handling challenging questions and accepting criticism.

Where can I take the exam?

Option 1: With an accredited training provider

Option 2: At a public sitting (exam only):

Time: Select when booking
Venue: BCS London Office
Fee: £390  (£325 + VAT)
Register: Online - you must also complete, sign and return this registration form when booking this exam (if we don’t receive it you will be unable to sit the exam).

Exam fees for public sittings must be paid a minimum of four weeks prior to the exam date by Visa, Access or MasterCard.

Where can I read more?

You can read more in the syllabus.

What can I do next?

You may be interested in professional certification in other subject areas such as IT service management or business analysis.

Note: The BCS International Diploma for Consultancy has replaced the IS Consultancy oral examination. If you hold the IS Consultancy Written Certificate you can still use it to contribute to the Diploma - you will not be required to pass the BCS Practitioner Certificate in Consultancy module in this instance. If you would still like to sit the IS Consultancy oral exam please contact us.

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