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BCS Membership

Discussion in 'Professional Associations' started by jk2447, Apr 12, 2015.

  1. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    Hi All
    as some of you may know, I was once a member of the BCS and I've now been told that work would pay for me to rejoin. I just wondered if we have an BCS members on this forum and what your opinions are? When I was a member I felt the organisation was going from strength to strength but at the time I was focusing on my engineer career and felt I would be better spending my money on exams and study material.
    Cheers
    JK
     
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  2. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

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    I've been a member since 2008 or 2007, tbh, in the last couple of years, I haven't really used any of the "features"/benefits, but that is due to work and studying (and not keeping up to date with the BCS). I do keep it though for 2 reasons:

    1. To keep my Chartered status active (CITP) and
    2. To show the support of the IT Profession.

    To a lesser extent as I'm not actively currently looking, it does look good on any applications forms/CV's - especially those that list membership of a professional body a desirable feature ;)
     
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  3. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    Cheers Ken, exactly the kind of feedback I was after mate. I've been in touch and I've lost my CITP status. I'll need to join as a professional member and then look to upgrade which is fine. I passed it a few years ago so hopefully do the same again. I might get a new card through the post too, the last two were really cool I thought.
     
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  4. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    BCS Professional membership renewed this afternoon. £136 not £130 as advertised as their prices need updating. I'll log in tomorrow to see what I need to get back to CITP. I checked earlier but I didn't have all of the options yet.
     
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  5. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

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    Glad you renewed, not good about the price though...
     
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  6. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    Yeah I called them and they said they needed to update their site as prices had recently gone up. Hey ho not a big difference. I think this time I'll try to take more advantage of what they have on offer mate
     
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  7. Rob1234

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    I have been thinking about joining for awhile but not sure about the whole CITP thing from what I read about it as long as I have a few years IT experience and pay the fees I can become CITP, not really providing a level of assurance to the calibre of CITPs.
     
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    Just to chime in late to the party but I've been a member for a number of years, mainly keep it going for the same reason as Ken. I rarely get the chance to take advantage of any local meetings as there's nothing around up here in Cumbria. I find the weekly newsletters rather lacklustre but there's a large volume of more relevant info/assistance on their site.
    I feel it's nice to have the membership as it helps to maintain and further the professionalism of the industry and acknowledges our adherence to their code of conduct. I've not seen a benefit from a employment/recruitment point of view yet but then my only real job interview was in Canada where they were a bit like 'er, what?'.
    The CITP is something I've been keeping an eye on for a number of years but it still seems more managerial/leadership/responsibility based than technical.
     
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  9. jk2447

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    Just my personal experience. When I went for mine in 2009 I think it was, I filled in the forms, had a phone interview and then had to setup a video conference with two professors who grilled me on my experience and IT knowledge, so for me, I'd say they VET people extremely well. I would imagine however that I was randomly selected for that, or possibly I only just made the grade at that time. It would be very time consuming to do that every time but I was definitely put through my paces on that one.
     
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    FYI £136 is effective from the 1st of May so they have been in touch to refund me £6. Very decent of them :)
     
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  11. Rob1234

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    No you are right I was thinking of the lower ones such as MBCS the CITP does require more to get the qualification.

    If you get the CITP status do you lose it if you stop paying your BCS membership? I can see the need to pay a fee to register for CITP status but don't like the idea that to maintain COTP status means you need to pay BCS a set fee each year.
     
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  12. jk2447

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    No worries Rob, and I can't say for sure if the odd person doesn't need to get grilled as I did, just my experience.

    I have lost my CITP but I'm just filling in the forms to get it back. I have stayed in IT and worked in a few roles since I last got it so hopefully get it back. I think it's a good thing, especially if your employer will fund it for you but even if they won't, I do think the BCS is going from strength to strength by the looks of things
     
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    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    Just filled out my application to upgrade to CITP again and it says an additional £160. I'm not sure if that's correct as I was a previous CITP so I've emailed support. I don't suppose anyone has done what I've done and would know?
     
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    I'm a mere prof member, ive had little value from it over the years but keep it up as work pay the costs (think we have some agreement with BCS for expedited certification/membership or something).
     
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    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    I always thought that but checking I can see there's a group in my area I might join. They hold an AGM and a few meetings each year with a free buffet so sounds good to me ha ha The talks in my area look quite interesting too, last being cloud computing with Rasberry Pi
     
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    I could probably make more effort tbh if I really wanted something out of it ;) Think I've attended one event in the years I've been a member.

    We're being asked/encouraged to write some articles for their quarterly magazine thing by our management at the moment so might have that joy to look forward too soon, my colleagues had something in the latest issue I think.
     
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    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    Sounds really good that mate, get your name out there a bit more. I think I'm going to try and get on my local committee. I'm at an age now where I fancy something like that to give me something to do out of work.
     
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  18. SimonD

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    I spent a year paying for this, in the end decided it really wasn't for me, I got nothing out of it professionally, I was out of pocket financially and just decided not to renew.

    I have to admit that I haven't seen anything recently about them so I don't know if it's changed but if I am offered free membership then I probably wouldn't turn it down.

    Out of interest what do people get out of the CITP over the MBCS?
     
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