Chartered Institute of Credit Management Appointed Official Assessor for the High Court Enforcement Officers Association

The Chartered Institute of Credit Management (CICM) and the High Court Enforcement Officers Association (HECOA) have formed an official partnership for the CICM to review and revise learning resources and qualifications for future High Court Enforcement Officers (HCEO).

The new programme will see the CICM and HCEOA work together to further strengthen the assessment of the practical experience required for application of authorisation to become a High Court Enforcement Officer, which is currently assessed internally by the HCEOA.

As an Ofqual regulated awarding body, the CICM will carry out a significant review of the HCEOA’s current Level 4 Diploma and learning materials and develop a new, regulated CICM Level 4 Certificate in High Court Enforcement for practical experience which will be required for accreditation and authorisation.

The new accreditation will enable the HCEOA to attract a wider selection of candidates, including current and new members of the CICM, something the Association has been keen to do for some time.

Sue Chapple, Chief Executive of the CICM said the partnership will enable the Institute to offer more to its members: “As an Institute we’re always looking to expand our offering to our members. Through this partnership not only are we able to offer a new course within High Court Enforcement, but we’re also able to regulate further learning for those within our industry, ensuring the standards are as high as they can be. We’re excited to welcome our first cohort of learners, working together with the HCEOA.”

Chris Badger, HCEOA Board member and Chair of the HCEOA Education Committee said the new accreditation will enable the Association to streamline the assessment process and attract new members: “Thanks to the partnership we can now ensure all our learners are getting the best learning materials available as well as regulating their practical experience as part of their journey to becoming High Court Enforcement Officers.

“In addition, we now have the opportunity to recruit new officers outside of our existing pool of talent, to encourage a new generation of HCEOs to join the profession and encourage others already working in credit to widen their skillset.”

Prior to enrolling new entrants onto the Level 4 qualifications, the CICM, along with the HCEOA, will manage the transition of current learners on the HCEOA’s training programme, ensuring no time or learning is lost.