Training and Money and Pensions Service Accreditation

The Money and Pensions Service individual quality framework breaks down debt advice work into 6 groups of skills and experience called debt activity sets. Our accredited training pathway has been endorsed by Money and Pensions Service as covering these activity sets. IMA training is now available for every activity set, as outlined in the training pathway below.

Each session will involve our regular 1- or 2-day face-to-face training, plus you’ll need to pass a multiple choice test afterwards to prove your learning. We provide the tests, and you take them online at your workplace up to a month after the session (click here for more details on the assessment).

If your organisation holds a MAPS-accredited standard, you’ll need to demonstrate accredited training during your audits.

Each level of the pathway builds on the one before. As you progress the earlier courses become pre-requisites for the later ones. For example, if you want to meet the standard for Supervision, you’ll also need to have done steps 1 to 4 up to Casework / Specialist (or equivalent, see below).


What if I already have accredited training or qualifications for some debt activity sets?

If you have received MAPS-accredited learning from another training provider,  we may accept this as a pre-requisite, providing it is at the right level and you can demonstrate that you have passed their assessments.

Is there another way?

Alternatively you can apply to study the IMA’s Certificate in Money Advice Practice. Successfully completing the qualification from October 2014 onwards will cover the first four MAPS activity sets (up to Casework / Specialist). For more details of the qualification, click here.