Qualified status may be gained through chartership, the completion of professional exams or reaching a required level of competence in your profession. These qualifications usually give you designatory letters after your name.Do your research carefully before embarking on further study or professional training. Professional qualifications or chartered membership of a professional body may be essential in some roles, desirable in others or simply a nice to have. Check which applies to your chosen career.
- Check with your professional body - what are the requirements for membership/chartership?Is the course you are considering recognised by the profession/employers as a valid entry route?
- Check with employers - which professional qualifications do they value or are a requirement?
- In some fields you may need membership of several professional bodies.
- You are likely to have to pay annual fees to keep up chartered status - check to see if your employer will put you through the training and pay your fees.
- Training you have attended
- Conferences attended or spoken at
- Papers you have written
For more information on the requirements for different sectors and professions check out our sector pages and the job profiles on the Prospects website.