There are three main levels of award within the Trading Standards Qualification Framework (TSQF). All are assessed by both examination and portfolio of skills competence.
- Core Skills in Consumer Affairs and Trading Standards
- Diploma in Consumer Affairs and Trading Standards
- Higher Diploma in Consumer Affairs and Trading Standards
Core Skills in Consumer Affairs and Trading Standards (CSCATS)
Requires you to complete the three written examinations in legal systems, law of contract and consumer protection environment, and the core skills portfolio of evidence.
Diploma in Consumer Affairs and Trading Standards (DCATS)
Requires you to have completed all elements of the CSCATS and have completed 3 or 4 service delivery module (3 if legal metrology is part of the Award), which includes exams and portfoios where applicable.
These are achieved when you have completed all elements of a service delivery module with the DCATS level of the framework.
For example legal metrology, you need to complete exams in technology and law; practical and oral and the portfolio of evidence.
Higher Diploma in Consumer Affairs and Trading Standards (HDCATS)
Requires you to have completed the CSCATS and DCATS awards as well exams in management of quality and management of regulatory services, a project and the higher portfolio of evidence.
Higher Certificate in Consumer Affairs and Trading Standards (HCCATS)
A stand alone award which requires you to successfully complete the higher examinations, the portfolio of evidence and undertake a 4000-word real life project.
HCCATS is not a practitioners qualification as you will not have gained the required field competencies. This higher element of the framework is strategically focused. Operational officers are encouraged to attain the DCATS followed the HDCATS.
There are five levels of award plus individual module certificates available within the framework which are assessed by both examination and portfolio of skills competence.
Other achievable awards
Certificate of Competence
This can be achieved in all subjects other than legal metrology by completing the legal systems exam; plus the entire service delivery module (subject area) as well as the core skills portfolio.
For example agriculture, you need to complete exams in legal systems, agriculture written, practical and oral examination and the core skills portfolio of evidence.