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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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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Creative Media Skills and Bucks New Uni LOCATION: Creative Media Skills at Pinewood Studios COST: £12,500 Finance: Full student loans available subject to availability as well as other additional…

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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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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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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 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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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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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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Locations Gatwick, London Leeds, Yorkshire Warrington  Key facts at a glance, who are 2365 Courses for? The City & Guilds 2365 is for anyone aged 16 (adults) and above regardless…

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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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LCBT's Level 2 Diploma in Hair and Media Make-up for ages 16-18 covers the essential knowledge and understanding needed to help you start your career as a make-up artist. The units that you study will…

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  Are you looking for a job that will take you across the world and teach you key skills to help you cope with the most stressful of situations? Then you should consider an Air and Ground Steward Apprenticeship…

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Study Programmes Our Study Programmes are much more than just a qualification. They offer a sound introduction to work in a variety of fields and an opportunity to try out your new skills in the…

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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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Studied over 3 years, there are 13 core modules looking at the fundamentals of business management. You then have 4 specialist modules that will take you on a more in-depth journey into a specific business…

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INTRODUCTION This course has been designed to introduce you to key business concepts and relate them to the needs of the work environment.  You can take a general Business Foundation Degree…

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To support the delivery of Physical Education, before and after school sport sessions, including holiday camps. The role requires a highly motivational individual whose supports the main mission of JB…

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Show that you have the skills needed to keep a care-provision organisation running smoothly with the Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services. CREDITS:…

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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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INTRODUCTION The HND Animation & Games Design is a skills based course that provides the practical expertise and employability skills needed within the multi-billion pound Games Industry. The course…

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