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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)

£18,000 Starter


£28,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

38 to 40 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends on shifts

How to become

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How to become a credit controller

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly


You could do a college course that may give you some of the skills required to do this job.

Courses include:

  • Level 2 or 3 Diploma in Credit Management
  • Level 3 Certificate or Diploma in Financial Studies
  • T Level in Finance

Entry requirements

You may need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T level

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You may be able to get into this role through the following apprenticeships:

  • credit controller and collector intermediate apprenticeship
  • accounts or finance assistant intermediate apprenticeship
  • advanced credit controller and debt collection specialist

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
  • 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

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.

Most employers will expect you to have:

  • 3 to 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including maths
  • the ability to use spreadsheets and computer 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 qualifications from the Chartered Institute of Credit Management.

What it takes

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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
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In this role you could:

  • contact customers when payment is late
  • check credit records and find customers who owe money
  • set up repayment plans and work with debt counsellors
  • set up and maintain customer files
  • process payments
  • start legal processes if debts are not paid within an agreed time
  • work with solicitors and bailiffs

Working environment

You could work in an office, in a contact centre, from home or at a client's business.

Career path and progression

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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 become a freelance collector.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

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