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BCS launches new qualification for aspiring project managers

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In response to growing demand for IT professionals wishing to progress within the field of project management, the BCS Information Systems Examination Board (ISEB) has launched the first IT related Foundation Certificate in Project Management.

The certificate is suitable for anyone involved in IT projects or new to project management wishing to achieve a grounding in the fundamentals of the subject. Upon completion, the certificate will provide visible evidence that candidates understand the principles of project management including project planning; monitoring and control; change control and configuration management; effort estimation; quality and risk management and communication between stakeholders.

Steve Causer, ISEB Product Manager, from the BCS explains the need for this new qualification: "As the ability to identify and implement change efficiently becomes increasingly important to all commercial organisations, companies are focusing on better project management to implement successful IT infrastructure system changes.

"A vital step in growing their project management capability is the training and qualification of their project managers as professionals, and realising that other parts of the organisation need an understanding and awareness of the project management function. The ISEB Foundation Certificate in Project Management has been developed to meet this need."

There are no prerequisites for taking the certificate, although a basic working knowledge of IT is essential and it is recommended that candidates attend a suitable ISEB training course with one of the accredited training providers to prepare for the one hour multi-choice examination.

Further information about project management qualifications and accredited training providers, can be found at, or by calling the ISEB information line on 01793 417542, email

About British Computer Society

The British Computer Society is the leading professional body for the IT industry. With members in over 100 countries around the world, the BCS is the professional and learned Society in the field of computers and information systems.

The BCS is responsible for setting standards for the IT profession. It is also leading the change in public perception and appreciation of the economic and social importance of professionally managed IT projects and programmes. In this capacity, the Society advises, informs and persuades industry and government on successful IT implementation.