Professional Qualifications

If you want to work at the top of your profession you will usually need a Professional Qualification. 

Professional qualifications aim to develop knowledge and skills required for specific jobs in different fields and industries. They are normally promoted by professional bodies and are subject to European directives. 

Professional qualification courses can last from a few weeks to a couple of years, depending on the level of qualification and the time spent working on it - part time or full time. Also, a mix of studying and working in the field is often required when getting a professional qualification. Sometimes apprentices require a degree or an equivalent qualification, though it's not complusory for all the qualifications and many careers can be pursued with no previous academic experience. 

In the United Kingdom professional qualifications are generally awarded by professional bodies in line with their charters such as:

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA)
Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)
National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ)
British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM)
Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
Confederation of Tourism and Hospitality (CTH)
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
Institute of Sales and Marketing Management (ISMM)
Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC)


Have a look at the professional qualification opportunities listed in this section in different industry sectors. Once you have tracked down your ideal position, it's just a case of going for it and applying.

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Provides education for trainee actuaries (materials, tutorials and marking). A team of tutors is supported by an admin team. Part of BPP Professional Education    Possible Start Date: 07/01/2019…

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The Get Started with Art programme is aimed at young people who are 16-25 and not engaged in education, employment or training* *they are still eligible if working less than 16 hours or in education…

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How do I become an ICAEW Chartered Accountant? You become chartered through completing the ACA qualification, which is a combination of study, exams and practical work experience. As a school leaver,…

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Cyberspace Communication Specialist (Unified Communication Technician Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship). Our Cyberspace Communication Specialists are at the heart of everything we do, nothing starts…

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As a Communications Infrastructure Technician you will work with the RAF’s communications hardware such as radio masts, power cables, fibre optic cables and antennae. You might install data communications…

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As a Royal Air Force Fabricator, Welder and Machinist (RAF General Technician Workshops) you will repair and even make essential parts needed for our aircraft, vehicles and equipment. It’s a highly…

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A Royal Air Force Survival Equipment Specialists fits and repairs the equipment that saves our personnel’s lives. They specialise in either Survival Equipment – fitted to aircraft – or…

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As a Royal Air Force Vehicle & Mechanical Equipment Technician, you will maintain a range of Airfield and Combat Support vehicles as well as a range of plant equipment used in support of aircraft…

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A position on our School and college leaver programme is one of the best ways to get a head start in career with PwC. You’ll learn and develop the specialist skills our clients look for and value…

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A position on our School and College leaver programme is one of the best ways to kickstart your career with PwC. You’ll learn and develop the specialist skills our clients look for and value most,…

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 Salary £17-23k  Have you ever heard of an actuary? The chances are not… but if you love maths, then this could be the career for you! Actuaries are experts in risk management.…

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Starting Salary: £320-360 per week Certified Actuarial Analyst (CAA) is a professional qualification provided by the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) and is available to everyone…

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  •  Industry prepared with presentation and digital skill    •  Course rewards up to 420 UCAS points    •  95% of graduates go into job…

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Want to earn while you learn? At CGI we’re offering you a unique opportunity to be part of something exciting and earn while you learn on our BSc (Hons) Digital and Technology Solutions Degree…

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DATE: September 2019 DURATION: 1 year full-time Hospitality Supervision course is an Advanced Hospitality Diploma. It builds upon the foundations of the level 2 Hospitality Service and…

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DATE: September 2019 DURATION: 1 year full-time A stepping stone to go to university, this Hospitality Course provides the knowledge and skills to set you on the progression route…

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DATE: September 2019 DURATION: 1 year full-time The patisserie course level 3 is aimed at encouraging you to develop complex patisserie skills, and establishing a base of knowledge…

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DATE: September 2019 DURATION: 1 year full-time The Professional Cookery Course is a craft diploma and could be also a stepping stone to go to university. This Professional…

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Our Flight Operations Assistants play a vital role in the RAF, providing direct support to aircrew, air traffic controllers and operations managers in a variety of roles. As a Flight Operations Assistant…

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The Level 3 Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Scchools is ideal if you have experience as a school support worker and wish to move into a more specialised role – in administration,…

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