A Body of Knowledge refers to the knowledge which is essential for a professional to know. The Foundational ICT Body of Knowledge was developed under the patronage of the European Commission. It refers to the core IT knowledge shared by all the different IT sub-domains and which any IT professional should master even before approaching a career in the sector.

The Body of Knowledge closely relates to the European e-Competence framework (link to that section), which both are created to help make it clear what knowledge is required to pursue a career in IT, and where to obtain further specific knowledge.


A new project team has been initiated under the responsible standardisation body, CEN TC 428, which is working on further developing the Body of Knowledge. More details are included below:

Foundational Body of Knowledge (BoK)
Objective To provide a definition of the broader concept of IT Professionalism, which is founded upon four main building blocks: competences, bodies of knowledge, professional ethics, education and training.
Expert TeamJutta Breyer (Team leader) – Co Siebes – Terry Hook – Wanda Saabeel – Clare Thornley
Project Duration27 months (started: 1st May 2019)

ITPE members are regularly updated on its progress, along with all other initiatives of this workgroup.

Resources related to the Body of Knowledge: