The Certificate in Money Advice Practice (CertMAP) is the only debt advice qualification specifically for free-to-client debt advisers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Delivered by the IMA in partnership with Staffordshire University, CertMAP is a university level, distance learning course which covers all the main aspects of a debt caseworker’s role.
CertMAP forms part of the IMA accreditation scheme and is also accredited to casework/specialist level under the Money and Pensions Service Individual Quality Framework. Organisations receiving MaPS funding, or who work to quality standards that include the same requirements, can use CertMAP to demonstrate that their debt advisers and supervisors have undertaken the necessary technical training.
Why study CertMAP?
Studying CertMAP benefits both advisers, their organisations and clients. For more detail on the benefits of studying CertMAP: why study?
About the course
CertMAP is a 12 week, distance learning course, delivered to you through Staffordshire University’s virtual learning environment. This allows you to study at times and places to suit you; at work, at home, on your commute, wherever you have an internet connection.
The course provides:
- access to extensive learning materials and suggestions for further reading
- the opportunity to collaborate and engage in discussions with other students, via the virtual learning environment
- course tutors who will guide your learning and provide you with support if you need it
Assessment for the course involves you taking part in a number of activities during the course and a final, 2 hour exam which you complete from home (or work, if agreed with the University) on a Saturday morning.
Course start dates
CertMAP courses usually start in April and October each year. Find details of the next course and find out how to apply.