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Credit manager

Alternative titles for this job include

Credit managers control the amount of finance their company offers and manage customers who owe money.

Average salary (a year)

£24,000 Starter


£50,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 39 a week

You could work

between 8am and 6pm

How to become

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How to become a credit manager

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • applying directly


You could do a foundation degree or degree in business, finance or accounting.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • at least 1 A level, or equivalent, for a foundation degree
  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree

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You could take a college course and then apply for jobs with a credit control company.

Courses include:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Business
  • Level 3 Diploma in Accounting
  • T Level in Finance

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 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 could do a credit controller advanced apprenticeship and then apply for a management trainee post.

This apprenticeship usually takes around 18 months to complete and involves a mix of learning on the job and in a classroom.

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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You could start as a credit controller with a company and train on the job to move into a management role.

You could study for qualifications like the Level 3 Diploma in Credit Management offered by the Chartered Institute of Credit Management (CICM).

The CICM also offers other qualifications in areas like debt collection, enforcement action and senior management.

Direct Application

There are no set requirements to apply directly for jobs. Employers may look for experience and qualifications in:

  • credit control
  • sales administration
  • debt collection
  • accountancy
  • banking

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Further information

You can find out more about working and training in credit control from the Chartered Institute of Credit Management.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • ambition and a desire to succeed
  • persistence and determination
  • leadership skills
  • maths knowledge
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • business management skills
  • the ability to monitor your own performance and that of your colleagues
  • 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 your day-to-day tasks you could:

  • check customer credit ratings with banks and credit reference agencies
  • decide whether to offer credit
  • set up terms of credit and make sure the customer pays on time
  • manage a team of credit controllers or accounting technicians
  • negotiate repayment plans
  • stop supplies of goods to late-paying business customers
  • start legal action to recover debts if necessary
  • communicate with creditors and arrange for goods to be recovered by bailiffs

Working environment

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

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience, you could

  • become a senior manager
  • move to a larger company
  • work with an accountancy firm
  • become a self-employed consultant
  • advise businesses on credit systems

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

We can't find any apprenticeship vacancies in England for a credit manager right now.

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Courses In England

Business Finance BTEC Level 3 Sub Diploma

  • Start date: 04 September 2023
  • Location: Leicester

Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Business and Finance

  • Start date: 18 September 2023
  • Location: Birmingham

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