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Trading Standards Practitioner Diploma Stage 1 and Stage 2 transition guidance

From 2019 onward, CTSI will launch the new trading standards professional qualification.  A key part of the development of this new framework is the transitional arrangements that will be put into place.  Below outlines the guidance approved by the Qualifications and Awards Board ahead of the official launch.

Exemption information is available by clicking on each Unit drop down menu.
Stage 1: Units 1-3   Stage 2: Units 4-6  Stage 3: Project 

 

Unit 1 Regulatory Environment and Enforcement

Exemptions available:

Legal Systems (part of TSQF CSCATS award)
DCA Part 1 
University exemption in Legal Systems
Law Society recognised law degree
Regulatory Compliance Officer Apprenticeship 
Consumer Protection Environment (part of TSQF CSCATS award)

What you will need to do to to complete this stage:
  • If your exemption is over 5 years old you will provide 10 hours CPPD to prove you have kept your knowledge up to date.  Evidence provided will be against Unit 1 syllabi.
  • Complete Unit 2 Business and Consumer Legal Frameworks (unless you have exemptions - see Unit 2 information below).
  • Complete Unit 3 Trading Standards Law Part 1 (unless you have exemption - see Unit 3 information below)

Unit 2 Business and Consumer Legal Frameworks

Exemptions available:

Law of Contract (part of TSQF CSCATS award)
DCA Part 1
CTSI accredited university exemption in Law of Contract
Law Society recognised law degree

What you will need to do to to complete this stage:
  • If your exemption is over 5 years old you will provide 10 hours CPPD to prove you have kept your knowledge  up to date.  Evidence provided will be against Unit 2 syllabi.
  • Complete Unit 1 Regulatory Environment and Enforcement (unless you have exemption - see Unit 1 information above).
  • Complete Unit 3 Trading Standards Law Part 1 (unless you have exemption - see Unit 3 information below).

Unit 3 Trading Standards Law Part 1

Exemptions available:

Fair Trading Criminal (paper from the TSQF framework)
Fair Trading Law (paper from DCA framework)
CTSI accredited university exemption in Fair Trading Criminal

What you will need to do to to complete this stage:
  • If you exemption is over 5 years old you will provide 10 hours CPPD to prove you have kept your knowledge up to date.  Evidence provided will be against Unit 3 syllabi.
  • Complete Unit 1 Regulatory Environment and Enforcement (unless you have exemption - see Unit 1 information above).
  • Complete Unit 2 Business and Consumer Legal Frameworks (unless you have exemption - see Unit 2 information above).

Unit 4 Trading Standards Law Part 2

Exemptions available:

TSQF

- Legal Metrology Law exam (paper from the TSQF Framework)
- Legal Metrology Technology exam (paper from the TSQF framework)
- Legal Metrology Practical exam (paper from the TSQF framework)
- Legal Metrology Oral exam (paper from the TSQF framework)
- Food Standards exam (paper from the TSQF framework)
- Food Standards Oral exam (paper from the TSQF framework)
- Product Safety exam (paper from the TSQF framework)
- Agriculture exam (paper from the TSQF framework)
- Agriculture Oral exam (paper from the TSQF framework)

DCA

- Food and Agriculture exam (equivalent to both Food and Feed subject) (paper from the DCA framework)
- Consumer Safety (paper from the DCA framework)

What you will need to do to to complete this stage:
  • If your exemption(s) are over 5 years old you will provide 10 hours CPPD to prove you have kept your knowledge up to date. Evidence provided will be against Unit 4 syllabi.
  • Complete Unit 1 Regulatory Environment and Enforcement (unless you have exemption - see Unit 1 information above).
  • Complete Unit 2 Business and Consumer Legal Frameworks (unless you have exemption - see Unit 2 information above).
  • Complete Unit 3 Trading Standards Law Part 1 (unless you have exemption - see Unit 3 information above).
  • Complete outstanding Unit 4 requirements.
  • Complete Unit 5 Investigations (unless you have exemption- see Unit 5 information below).
  • Complete Unit 6 Regulating Markets 

(please note: to gain a full exemption for the Legal Metrology written exam you will need to have passed both the Legal Metrology Law and Technology papers.  Where only one exists, you will be required to complete the remaining element)

Unit 5 Investigations

Exemptions available:

Intelligence and Investigative Principles exam (paper from the TSQF framework)

What you will need to do to to complete this stage:
  • If your exemption(s) are over 5 years old you will provide 10 hours CPPD to prove you have kept your knowledge up to date. Evidence provided will be against Unit 5 syllabi.
  • Complete Unit 1 Regulatory Environment and Enforcement (unless you have exemption - see Unit 1 information above).
  • Complete Unit 2 Business and Consumer Legal Frameworks (unless you have exemption - see Unit 2 information above).
  • Complete Unit 3 Trading Standards Law Part 1 (unless you have exemption - see Unit 3 information above).
  • Complete Unit 4 requirements.
  • Complete Unit 6 Regulating Markets requirements. 

Unit 6 Regulating Markets

Exemptions available:

No exemption available.

What you will need to do to to complete this stage:
  • Complete Unit 1 Regulatory Environment and Enforcement (unless you have exemption - see Unit 1 information above).
  • Complete Unit 2 Business and Consumer Legal Frameworks (unless you have exemption - see Unit 2 information above).
  • Complete Unit 3 Trading Standards Law Part 1 (unless you have exemption - see Unit 3 information above).
  • Complete Unit 4 requirements.
  • Complete Unit 5 Investigations (unless you have exemption - see Unit 5 exemption).
  • Complete Unit 6 Regulating Markets requirements. 
On completion of Stage 1 you will be awarded the Trading Standards Practitioner Certificate (TSPC) 
On completion of Stage 2 you will be awarded the Trading Standards Practitioner Diploma (TSPD)
On completion of Stage 3 you will be awarded the Trading Standards Advanced Practitioners - Degree Level (TSAP)

 

 

Please note, CTSI are in discussions with the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) to finalise the requirements for Legal Metrology.  The guidance published on this page relating to Legal Metrology may be subject to some adjustments.

Further information regarding the Qualifications Review can be found in our resource centre.



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