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Before being appointed, Trading Standards Officers undergo a long and rigourous training programme involving written examinations, oral and practical examinations, practical workbooks and a work related project.

There are two routes to gaining the Diploma in Trading Standards (DTS) which is necessary for appointment, the sponsorship route by approved degree in Consumer Protection, and the more recent APEL route.

Additionally there is a Diploma in Consumer Affairs which is a professional qualification run by the Trading Standards Institute for those who are not likely to need the more comrehensive DTS, for example consumer advisers or enforcement specialists.

For more information on careers in the trading standards profession see our sister site at
For more information on the Diploma in Consumer Affairs see the National Extension College course

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