How to become a bailiff
You can get into this job through:
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
You could do a credit control and debt collection specialist advanced apprenticeship before moving into bailiff work.
You'll usually need:
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
Your employer will give you the training you need to get a Bailiff General Certificate. You'll need this before you can carry out any bailiff duties by yourself.
You'll need to:
- prove to a county court judge that you’re a ‘fit and proper person', with no criminal or debt record
- have knowledge of bailiff law
- put a £10,000 bond in place with the court - you can take out an insurance policy to cover this
- provide 2 references
You'll find it useful to have:
- work experience in sales, the military, the prison service (HMPPS), housing or the police
- experience in dealing with the public in difficult situations
To work as a court-appointed bailiff or high court enforcement officer you may also need GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including English and maths.