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Gaining an Accredited Professional Qualification

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Studying a course that’s been accredited by a relevant body could give you a head start when it comes to getting a job in your chosen industry.

Taking courses accredited by a professional association can lead to being ‘Chartered’, that signifies that as a member you will have a certain level of knowledge and skills. The title can be used for professional recognition.

In the UK, there are over 80 ‘Chartered’ professional institutions covering areas of work including Finance, Engineering, Construction, Health, Law, Journalism, Personnel and Management.

Almost all areas of work have related professional bodies, offering vocational qualifications endorsed by employers, to enable you step onto or move up the career ladder.  The right professional qualifications can help make you more desirable to employers and clients – whether that’s a case of being offered a higher salary bracket, the chance of a promotion or just getting your foot in the door in the first place.

Professional bodies increasingly provide multiple ways for you to study. Check out the courses at Brighton School of Business and Management, and sister company, GBS Corporate Training to see the variety of formats: including face-to-face in the classroom; through online distance learning to tutors and resources; or via blended learning, which combines the two, with online resources complemented by face-to-face workshops.

Here are the reasons why an accredited professional qualification can give you the boost your career development needs:

Gain multiple benefits from a professional qualification

Investing in a professional qualification takes time and dedication but the results are worth the effort:

1. You’ll become more marketable

A qualification speaks volumes to prospective employers, giving you the advantage when looking for your next career move.  In today’s competitive recruitment climate one job attracts hundreds – even thousands – of applicants. You will stand out with a professional qualification.

‘More than 80% of Managers say that taking a management qualification has resulted in increased professional recognition, with most stating that employers prefer qualified Managers when recruiting’. CMI

Taking a professional course shows a commitment to developing your skills and to the industry – attributes welcomed by employers.  Employers will associate your Degree with competence – so they’ll know you can get the job done.

Qualifications accredited by professional bodies are also recognised by international businesses, useful if you’re planning to seek work abroad. Foreign recruiters may feel more secure in taking on a candidate with training credentials that they recognise.

2. You can earn more

Research proves that those with a qualification will earn more through their career, for example:

“Independent research proves that individuals with professional qualifications and membership stand to earn an additional £152,000 throughout their career. You’ll also be part of an extensive management community, opening doors for career progression”. CMI

You will have the potential to earn more in your role simply by having specialist knowledge.

3. You’ll perform better

Many professions require you to possess specific qualifications, meaning that if you’re serious about forging a career in one of these areas you will have to take a course. Gaining a qualification will not only sharpen your existing skills, but will equip you with a range of new ones.

Specialist professional training provides a better focus on the theory and practice of the industry you want to work in, where a broader course will be limited in doing so.  It will also help you to meet your employer’s expectations of continuing professional development by keeping your skills and abilities up to date.

In terms of personal development and independent learning, professional training allows you the opportunity to identify your strengths, weaknesses, goals and aspirations.

Your study choices are endless…..

Brighton School of Business and Management and GBS Corporate Training provide a variety courses accredited by top professional bodies

Brighton School of Business and Management (BSBM) offers a wide range of distance learning Management and Business courses in academic, professional and career development fields.

GBS Corporate Training, a sister company within the GBS Corporate Training Group, offers flexible programmes, created specifically for your organisation.  GBS will tailor course content to accommodate your unique business needs or to address skills shortages in your organisation. Through this approach, you can be sure your employees are gaining new knowledge and skills that will be relevant to your company.

At BSBM and GBS, all of our qualification courses are UK Nationally accredited.  Both BSBM and GBS deliver as Approved Centres or Approved Providers, by the following UK Government Approved Accreditation Bodies:

1. Chartered Management Institute.

The Chartered Management Institute is the only UK chartered professional body in the field of management and leadership, offering high quality qualifications.

More than 80% of managers questioned, said that a CMI qualification is a key part of becoming a professional manager, and that transferring their new skills also improved the performance of their team.  53% of managers said that their qualification had helped them in gaining a promotion.

Employers are actively looking for recognised qualifications on CVs, but only 1 in 5 managers have a recognised management qualification. 

You can study with BSBM for a CMI qualification to put you ahead of the competition.  Check out our range of management and business courses, where you can study at the Award, Certificate or Diploma Level.

GBS also delivers a broad portfolio of team leading, management and leadership CMI qualifications from levels 2 to 5 of the National Occupational Standards for Management and Leadership.  Working closely with our clients we design their programmes firstly around their business objectives and then map the qualification to this content.  This approach ensures that learning is wholly relevant whilst also producing the required qualification.

2. Chartered Quality Institute

A career in quality means working to make organisations better.  Today, the quality profession is increasingly attracting highly skilled practitioners at the start of their careers.

What unites quality professionals is their dedication to protecting and strengthening their organisations by making sure that stakeholders’ needs are met – and ideally, that their expectations are exceeded.  They’re also focused on increasing efficiency, reducing risk, dealing with compliance, solving problems and employing process improvement tools such as Six Sigma

The Chartered Quality Institute (CQI) is the only chartered body dedicated to quality professionals. Chartered members get to use the title of Chartered Quality Professional – the gold standard for professionalism in quality.

GBS offers five Practitioner level courses, providing delegates with a full understanding of management level quality and auditing topics and show them how to apply this knowledge in their organisation and industry.   These certified training courses provide you with the skills and knowledge to support your application for CQI membership.

3. Edexcel

Edexcel is the UK’s largest awarding body offering Academic and Vocational qualifications and testing to Schools, Colleges, Employers and other places of learning in the UK and internationally.

BSBM offer a range of qualifications accredited by Edexcel, from Management, to Project Management to HNDs.

If you want to develop as a person and as a professional, get better at your job and take your career to the next level, studying for a professional qualification is the best investment you can make.

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