BCS acquires IT training firm Activ

The British Computer Society has acquired Activ Training, an e-learning and testing firm.

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The British Computer Society has acquired Activ Training, an e-learning and testing firm.

The acquisition, for an undisclosed amount, is part of an ongoing expansion programme at IT professional body the BCS. Activ will become a wholly owned BCS subsidiary but will still operate as its own business.

The BCS said the move will “significantly enhance” the end-user vocational qualifications it can offer, as well as helping it to deliver them more easily to different locations around the world.

The industry body also offers qualifications such as for NHS staff who will be using systems implemented under the £12.7 billion NHS National Programme for IT. It is also working with the Institution of Engineering and Technology to develop a 'Professional Status' standard for those working in that sector.

David Clarke, chief executive at the BCS, said the acquisition of Activ would expand its training work and “will allow us to develop our qualifications business in areas such as ISEB and Professional Examinations”.

“The Group will also benefit from Activ’s international presence as we continue to establish the BCS as the professional body for IT practitioners across the globe,” he added.

Activ Training already works with the BCS on large IT schemes at petrol firm BP, the NHS and the Ministry of Defence.

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