What do I study?
CertMAP covers the core aspects of a caseworker’s role:
- Working with clients, interviews, budgeting skills and income maximisation
- Emergency, priority and non-priority debts with legislation, rules and codes of practice
- Insolvency and debt relief options including how to contest liability
- County, High and Magistrate Court processes and types of enforcement
- Cases and caseload management
- Office procedures including confidentiality, data protection and health & safety considerations
- Influencing and campaigning
How do I study?
You study through Staffordshire University’s online learning system. Learning materials and further reading are available to download. Discussion forums make distance study engaging, inclusive and friendly and enable you share ideas with other students. Online study means CertMAP is flexible and fits around your commitments.
How long does it take?
CertMAP is studied over 12 weeks and has 150 hours of content. This ensures it is comprehensive and in-depth, but at the same time, manageable with suggested weekly content to pace yourself against. For the most rewarding experience, we recommend 12.5 hours of study per week.
How am I tested?
You are tested in two ways:
- by completing weekly online ‘milestone’ tests that are a mixture of revision quizzes, case studies and discussion board tasks. These tasks do not count towards your assessment but play a crucial part in remaining on track and involved.
- by sitting an online exam at the end of CertMAP with a pass mark of 70%. You will be awarded pass/fail only and not your individual mark.
How am I supported?
Staffordshire University tutors and the IMA’s Money Advice Specialist provide support when requested and answer your online discussion forum questions.
The university also has a student enabling centre for those who may require additional support and adjustments, and a student guidance officer if life events mean study becomes difficult.
What are the entry requirements?
The entry requirements are:
- 1 year current full-time experience in a money advice role (or part-time equivalent) OR
- 2 years previous full-time experience in money advice (or part-time equivalent)OR
- Any other relevant experience that we will consider on a case by case basis
To study CertMAP, you MUST be a member of the IMA with membership fees paid up to date. Find out more about membership and benefits here.
Is CertMAP recognised within the money advice sector?
Over 1,200 money advisers have obtained CertMAP, which is accredited by the Money Advice Service (MAS) to caseworker/specialist level. MAS is the principal funder in the free money advice sector and also accredits the services it funds. Recognition from MAS means that CertMAP plays a key role in assuring quality of advice across the sector.
Many organisations state CertMAP is an essential or desirable qualification in job recruitment.
Recent CertMAP graduates tell us it is trusted by creditors, funders and clients too.
What is Money Advice Service (MAS) accreditation?
MAS is the principal funder in the free money advice sector and assures the quality of advice with the services it funds. MAS will ‘accredit’ these services.
Read more about MAS accreditation here.
What is IMA accreditation?
IMA accreditation is different to MAS accreditation and is all about you, the individual. We accredit members who pass CertMAP and allow them to use MIMA (Cert) after their name. IMA accreditation is evidence that the individual is a competent and reliable adviser and desirable to employers, funders and strategic partners.
You maintain IMA accreditation by complying with the IMA Continuing Professional Development (CPD) scheme.
The IMA promotes the MIMA (Cert) status within the industry.
How much does CertMAP cost?
For current fees, please contact us at email@example.com.
Due to our strategic partnership with Staffordshire University, we are able to offer this 15 Credit Higher Education certificate at a significantly lower cost than equivalent HE qualifications.
CertMAP represents excellent value for a sound investment in your professional future and your employer may therefore be willing to sponsor you.
When is the next cohort?
The next available cohort will begin on 10 April 2017 with an exam on 22 July 2017. The deadline for the receipt of completed applications is 3 March 2017.
How do I apply?
See here to apply.