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The Trading Standards Qualifications Framework

The Trading Standards Qualifications Framework (TSQF) is delivered by CTSI and provides a modern qualification framework for all employees working both inside and outside of the trading standards profession.

The avenues to a trading standards career can be through becoming a trainee trading standards officer or an enforcement officer, both require completing the necessary qualifications.

There are five qualifications available within the TSQF. Modules within the framework consists of examinations and a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate competency in practical work.

The framework has been designed to be completed whilst a candidate is working and is therefore funded by the local authority.


TSQF CPPD Certificates 2017

From 1 March 2018 a £10 plus VAT charge for TSQF training courses in 2017 by Training Together Partnership will be applied on requests for CPPD Certificates. 

Requests received before this date will be free of charge.


Portfolio Submissions 2018

Portfolio submissions in the current qualifications framework will be accepted up until December 2018. Please contact your regional External Verifier (EV) to confirm their individual deadline.

The last Qualifications and Awards Board (QAB) meeting to ratify awards will take place in February 2019.


May 2018 - Syllabi for exam re-sits

Syllabi for the May 2018 re-sit examinations will remain the same as those applicable for the November 2017 exams.

Syllabi are available to view by clicking the link below.

Exam Syllabi


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Modules and subject areas

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