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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Conservation Construction Site Management L6 Course Description: The aim of this qualification is to recognise the knowledge, skills and competence demonstrated by the individual in the…

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Foundation Degree in Historic Building Conservation Course Description: The foundation degree in Historic Building Conservation is delivered at the Building Crafts College in partnership…

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Built Environment Development & Control L6 Course Description: NVQ by assembly of portfolio and demonstrating relevant experience and ability to meet the qualification standard. On-site…

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  Conservation Construction Site Supervision L4 Course Description: Developed and designed to recognise the knowledge, skills and competence of individuals who specialise in site…

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  We deliver a wide range of apprenticeships and site-based qualifications in the construction, craft & heritage sector. Earn while you learn and improve your employability skills. Call…

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  Heritage Crafts Masonry Course Description: A one year part time course which gives experienced stonemasons and carpenters the opportunity to complete an apprentice type programme in heritage…

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Construction Maintenance Level 2 Appretership Course Description: Workshop and study based course Carpentry and joinery Wall and floor tiling Maintenance plastering Maintenance roofing Maintenance…

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HOSPITALITY SERVICE NVQ DIPLOMA LEVEL 2 This Diploma is 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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HOSPITALITY SUPERVISION AND LEADERSHIP NVW LEVEL 3 This Diploma is an Advanced Hospitality Diploma. It builds upon the foundations of the level 2 Hospitality service and allows you to develop the…

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  PROFESSIONAL COOKERY NVQ DIPLOMA LEVEL 3This diploma is aimed at encouraging you to develop advanced chef skills in all areas of the kitchen, and establishing a base of knowledge in design…

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Entry Requirements 5 GCSEs grade D (grade 3) or above. If you do not have any formal qualifications you must pass an entry exam. A satisfactory reference may be required. Who is the course for Our…

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Entry Requirements 5 GCSEs grades A*-C (grade 4 or above) including English, maths, science and 2 of the following: design technology, business or ICT or Level 2 Extended Certificate in Engineering…

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Entry Requirements 5 GCSEs grades A*-C (grade 9-4) including English and maths (minimum grade B) or a relevant Level 2 qualification preferably with a distinction (merit may be considered) including…

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Entry Requirements 5 GCSEs grades A*-C including English and maths or a relevant Level 2 qualification. Who is the course for This course has been designed for young people who are planning a…

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Entry Requirements 5 GCSEs grades A-C (grade 9-4) including English, maths, science and two of the following - design technology, business and ICT. or BTEC Level 2 First Extended Certificate/ Diploma…

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Entry Requirements 5 GCSEs grades A*-C including English and maths or a BTEC Level 2 qualification at merit or above with GCSE English and maths at grade C (grade 5/4) or above. Who is the course…

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Entry Requirements 4 GCSEs grade D (grade 3) or above including English and maths. Who is the course for This course has been designed for students interested in the development of games. The…

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Entry Requirements 6 GCSEs grade A-C (grade 9 - 4) in academic subjects, although some subjects may require grade A-B (grade 9 - 6). If you haven’t taken traditional qualifications, or have not…

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