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Professional development and training in the public sector

Discover how important it is to obtain membership of a professional body and which jobs require you to have a postgraduate qualification

Do I need to do postgraduate study?

In some public sector professions, a postgraduate degree is necessary. For example, to become a teacher often a postgraduate certificate in education is required and then a year as a newly qualified teacher (NQT). Get advice on teacher training, including routes to the classroom, qualifications required and how to apply.

The Civil Service Fast Stream  offers professional accountancy qualifications and some departments will support graduates through other professional qualifications.

For more information on entry requirements and career development in the public sector, see types of jobs.

To find postgraduate public sector courses in the UK, search courses and research.

Should I join a professional body?

Membership of an industry-specific professional body will enhance your status within your field of expertise. In many public sector roles, membership of a professional body is compulsory.

By joining a professional body, you can also:

  • access training and events;
  • network with colleagues in the profession;
  • increase your chances of promotion.

Which professional qualifications are recognised in the public sector?

As there are so many different roles in the public sector, the range of recognised professional qualifications is vast. A selection of professional bodies include:

  • Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)  - the only chartered body in the UK dedicated to management and leadership. Offers a range of qualifications from entry level to chartered manager status, which is the highest level that can be achieved in the managerial profession.
  • The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) UK  - if you wish to become a transport planner, then the CILT(UK) Level 6 Advanced Diploma in Logistics and Transport provides the educational requirement for chartered membership of CILT.
  • The Institute of Conservation (Icon)  - Professional Accreditation of Conservator-Restorers (PACR) is the professional practice assessment for conservation professionals wishing to gain accredited status. The process takes around six to eight months and assessment is work-based.
Written by Editor, Graduate Prospects
October 2012

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