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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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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Quality Compliance Systems (QCS) is one of the UK’s leading healthcare consultancies. QCS is a dynamic and expanding business, with over 2,400 happy clients nationwide. We work with healthcare providers…

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Locations in Aberdeen, Bristol, Birmingham, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Hull, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Luton, Manchester, Newcastle, Reading, Southampton Job description Gain real work experience…

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The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) provides around £1,000,000 in awards, prizes and scholarships every year to celebrate engineering excellence and inspire the next generation of…

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The 2365 Level 2 is for anyone aged 16 and above regardless of previous experience or knowledge, who wishes to become an electrician and work in commercial, industrial and domestic electrics. Ideally you…

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Locations London, Gatwick Leeds, Yorkshire Warrington The skills learnt on this course will enable you to carry out all kinds of installations in a domestic setting. Essentially you will…

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The BTEC qualifications in this specification have been developed in the health and social care sector to: provide education and training for health and social care employees give health and social…

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Vacancy Short Description - Why should I apply?  Stephens Scown is a law firm with a regional focus, but the benefits of a big city rival. Chambers Students Guide quoted “Law firm culture…

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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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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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Our teaching qualifications are aimed at individuals who want to enter the teaching profession in a support role and provide a gateway to more advanced teaching qualifications. They are suitable for…

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The Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care is an occupational qualification for learners who work in Adult Care Settings in England. The qualification is linked to the Lead Adult Care Worker Trailblazer Apprenticeship…

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