BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, has launched Agile computing certifications at both foundation and practitioner level.

BCS said the certification programme is designed to provide the knowledge, tools and capability for people to better manage change and deliver products and services.

BCS said: "Our Agile certification programme takes a holistic approach to embedding agile practices across the business. Agile methodology is not new and neither is agile certification. Yet it's clear from our discussions with employers and individuals that fundamental requirements are not always being met."

It said: "Firstly, agile thinking has to be ingrained across the organisation. Our foundation level is methodology agnostic and gives individuals the understanding they need, whatever their discipline.

"Secondly, knowledge of agile does not always result in effective application. Our practitioner certificate enables individuals to apply their knowledge so they learn to apply and analyse agile solutions that work for their market and organisation."

Adam Thilthorpe, director for professionalism at BCS, said: "Agile has become an integral part of the way we do business and has made the transition from next practice to good practice."

The certification scheme certifies against specific roles and skills aligned to the competency Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA), and will be available through accredited training providers as well as self-study.