Credit controller

Alternative titles for this job include Debt collection agent

Credit controllers help firms get the money they are owed from businesses and individuals.

Average salary (a year)

£16,000 Starter

to

£30,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

38 to 40 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends on shifts

How to become a Credit controller

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly

College

You could do a Level 3 Certificate or Diploma in Financial Studies.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for these courses vary.

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Apprenticeship

You may be able to get into this role through a credit controller intermediate apprenticeship, or advanced apprenticeship for credit controllers and debt collection specialists.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

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

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Direct application

You can apply directly to be a credit controller, as many large companies will train you on the job. The qualifications and experience you'll need will vary, but most employers will expect you to have:

  • 3 to 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including maths, and sometimes college qualifications
  • the ability to use spreadsheets and computerised accounts packages
  • experience of office administration or customer service work

A qualification in bookkeeping or accounts can also be useful.

You may be able to move into credit control after getting experience in accounts, finance or debt collecting.

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Further information

You can get more details on working in credit control, and specialist in-work qualifications, from the Chartered Institute of Credit Management.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • customer service skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • ambition and a desire to succeed
  • administration skills
  • persistence and determination
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • Being able to use a computer terminal or hand-held device may be beneficial for this job.

Restrictions and requirements

You'll need to:

  • have a full UK or EU driving licence, held for at least 12 months

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In this role you could be:

  • contacting individuals or business customers when payment is overdue
  • checking credit records and tracing missing debtors
  • setting up repayment plans and working with debt counsellors
  • setting up and maintaining customer files
  • processing payments
  • starting legal proceedings if debts are not paid within an agreed time
  • liaising with solicitors and bailiffs

Working environment

You could work in an office or in a contact centre.

Career path and progression

With experience and professional qualifications, you could be promoted to credit manager.

You could also start your own collection agency or set up as a freelance field collection agent.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

We can't find any apprenticeship vacancies in England for a Credit controller right now.

The Find an apprenticeship service can help you with your search, send alerts when new apprenticeships become available and has advice on how to apply.

Courses In England

LV 4 AAT MODULE - CREDIT MANAGEMENT (Evening)

  • Provider: Basingstoke College of Technology
  • Start date: 24 January 2019
  • Location: HAMPSHIRE

LV 4 AAT MODULE - CREDIT MANAGEMENT

  • Provider: Basingstoke College of Technology
  • Start date: 24 January 2019
  • Location: HAMPSHIRE

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