How to become a trading standards officer
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- working towards this role
- applying directly
You can become a trading standards officer with any degree subject.
If you get a degree in law or consumer protection you won't need to do some of the professional examinations. Find out more from the Chartered Trading Standards Institute.
Some local authorities may sponsor you for the consumer protection degree. This means that you'll get work experience whilst you study. It could also lead to a job after you graduate.
You'll usually need:
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
You could start as an enforcement officer with a local authority and apply to join a trading standards training programme. Your employer would support you through training to qualify.
You can apply for work as a trainee trading standards officer with a local authority. You'll then study towards professional qualifications on the job, and work your way up to trading standards officer.
You'll usually need 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including maths. Some authorities may also want you to have 2 A levels, or equivalent qualifications.
You'll find it useful to have experience of legal, retail or advice work.
Some local councils may offer work experience or internships in trading standards in departments like environmental health.
You can find out more about working and training in trading standards through the Chartered Trading Standards Institute.