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One way to advance your career in IT consulting is to join a trade association and enjoy the advantages of networking with other IT professionals and sharing best practice with top experts in the field.

Find out more about these industry bodies and see how they can benefit your consulting career!

British Computer Society (BCS)
British Computer Society
The British Computer Society is Britain's largest industry body for computing and the information and communications sector.
Independent Computer Consultants Association (ICCA)
Independent Computer Consultants Association
The ICCA is an international non-profit trade association that represents independent IT consultants in the United States and worldwide.
Institute for Certification of Computing Professionals (ICCP)
Institute for Certification of Computing Professionals
The ICCP is an IT consulting industry body dedicated to upholding the highest standards in the field of information and communications technology.
Intellect
Intellect
Are you an IT consultant looking to advance your career? Read the Intellect profile on TopITconsultant.com and find out how this technology industry body may benefit your work and career.
Management Consultancies Association (MCA)
Management Consultancies Association
The MCA is a trade association that represents management consulting firms in the UK to industry clients, the government and the public.
SAP UK & Ireland User Group
SAP UK & Ireland User Group
Are you an IT consultant looking to advance your career? Read the SAP UK & Ireland User Group profile on TopITconsultant.com and find out how this IT industry body may benefit your work and career.
Society of Information Technology Management (Socitm)
Society of Information Technology Management
The Society of Information Technology Management is a professional association for ICT managers employed in the public sector.
The UK Oracle User Group
The UK Oracle User Group
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Management Consultancies Association (MCA)

The organization and the mission

Management Consultancies Association (MCA) is a trade association whose mission is to advise and represent management consulting firms in the UK to consulting industry clients, to the British government and to the general public. The MCA promotes member firms' role in Britain's overall economy growth, it lends them support on a corporate scale and helps generate client value by creating optimal conditions for their business endeavours and operations on the UK market.

The Association was founded by four British consulting firms in 1956. Today, the MCA has 64 members, including such high profile names as Accenture (UK) Limited, Axon, Capgemini, Detica, Deloitte, EDS Consulting Services, IBM Global Business Services, PA Consulting Group and TATA Consultancy Services Ltd. MCA member firms constitute about 70 percent of the British consultancy sector.

MCA: criteria and standards

The MCA is dedicated to upholding the highest standards in the consulting industry. For this reason, the set of criteria for membership is quite strict and, once they are admitted, firms continue to be audited year after year. The MCA only grants membership privileges to management consulting firms with no fewer than three years of experience in offering at least two different consultancy services to their clients. The firms must be able to prove their qualifications and provide their full accounts along with five client references to the MCA. They must also agree to follow the MCA Code of Professional Conduct, in keeping with the MCA Bylaws.

Membership benefits for IT consulting firms at MCA

The strict entry criteria give the MCA membership an indisputable mark of quality, which is what clients – among them, government departments and FTSE 100 companies – tend to look for. Member firms have the opportunity to get direct client referrals through the MCA and also to meet experienced industry and public sector leaders. Moreover, the firms have proven marketing programs at their disposal to help them gain a higher profile on the consulting market, get a global audience by sponsoring an event or contributing to one of MCA's publications and generally make the best of the Association's long-established good relationship with the media.

Other than exchange of best practice, networking opportunities at various seminars and other events, and public relations services, MCA member firms have direct access to surveys, polls, studies and other market intelligence publications that the consulting industry follows with keen interest. This includes the annual MCA Industry Report, which is considered to be an essential source of information in the consulting sector. In November 2007, the MCA launched the MCA Consultant of the Year Awards to honour the most successful firms, consultants and projects in management consulting.


The MCA is one of the industry bodies that took part in the Consultancy Careers Fair in London in October. A streaming video of their presentation at the event is available on Top-Consultant.com.

Visit the MCA website at http://www.mca.org.uk
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