Getting Started

Trading standards offers careers for all kinds of people.

School and college leavers

If you have a good level of education, you can contact your local trading standards department to find out about possible trainee positions (and visit our Job Opportunities page). You can take professional qualifications within the Trading Standards Qualifications Framework (TSQF) once you are employed within the profession.

Or you could undertake a consumer protection degree at university where you will learn all about the profession and gain a recognised qualification.

University course providers

Protecting the vulnerable against doorstep crimeGraduates

Through a consumer protection degree you will cover many aspects of trading standards work, and possibly gaining some practical experience.

On graduation you will be in a position to apply for a job as a graduate trainee trading standards officer where you will be able to make use of your theoretical knowledge and practical skills.

Accredited degrees will give you exemptions from some of the professional qualification examinations.

Career change

protecting the wellbeing of our animalsPeople are attracted to trading standards for many reasons. It provides a fulfilling, challenging career, with an opportunity to make a positive difference to people's lives. And previous experience can only help. 

Contact your local trading standards service to find out about possible positions.

Career progression

You can progress your career through the Trading Standards Qualification Framework (TSQF) and through continuous personal and professional development (CPPD) once working.

When in the profession, you can become a member of the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI), the professional organisation leading the trading standards profession.


Branch Assistance Available to TSQF Students

Please contact the qualifications team for further information.