Alternative titles for this job include Enforcement agent, enforcement officer, High Court enforcement officer

Bailiffs collect debts or give notices, summons and court documents.

Average salary (a year)

£18,000 Starter


£40,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

35 to 40 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays on shifts

How to become

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How to become a bailiff

You can get into this job through an apprenticeship or applying directly.


You could do a credit control and debt collection specialist advanced apprenticeship before getting a job as a bailiff.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

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Direct Application

Your employer will train you so you can apply for jobs without much experience.

You may find it useful when you apply for jobs to have experience dealing with people in difficult situations. For example, this could be through working in sales, the military, the prison service or the police.

To work as a bailiff or enforcement officer for the courts, you might need GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including English and maths.

Bailiff General Certificate

Before you can collect debts from someone on your own, you need to get a Bailiff General Certificate. If you do not have a certificate, you'll need to work with someone who does.

To get a certificate you'll need to:

  • prove to a judge you're a 'fit and proper person' without a criminal record or debt
  • know about bailiff law
  • give a £10,000 bond to the court - you can take out an insurance policy to cover this
  • get references from 2 people


You can get:

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • the ability to work well with others
  • knowledge of public safety and security
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • legal knowledge including court procedures and government regulations
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your work will depend on the type of bailiff you are.

You could:

  • visit and write to people who owe money to ask for payment
  • offer money advice
  • arrange for people to repay what they owe
  • attend court to ask for permission to enter properties
  • give court documents
  • take items and arrange to sell them at auction
  • keep accurate records

Working environment

You could work in a court or in an office.

Your working environment may be physically demanding and you'll travel often.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience you could lead a team of bailiffs.

You could also become a senior manager or move into business development.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

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Courses In England

Public Services First Certificate

  • Start date: 09 September 2024
  • Location: Bexhill on Sea

Public Services Diploma level 2

  • Start date: 02 September 2024
  • Location: Newport

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