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If you are reading this, then it is possible that you’re considering a professional qualification, but perhaps you’re unsure which course would be the most beneficial to your career. Professional qualifications offer a number of great benefits including - enhancing your employability which makes it easier to secure a new job, increasing your chances of being offered a promotion with your current employer, and improving your skills which could enhance your job satisfaction. With this in mind, let’s look at some of the most popular professional qualifications that can enhance careers in different industries. 


There have been numerous changes across the finance industry in recent years. Due to strict regulations, many people in the finance industry are obtaining professional qualifications in their specialist area, to help them stand out from the competition and appear more credible. Here are some popular qualifications that could enhance your financial skills:

  • Certificate in Regulated Equity Release - Obtaining this qualification will broaden your skills and means that you will legally be able to offer equity release services to clients. 
  • Certificate in Mortgage Advice and Practice (CeMAP) – This course is beneficial to those wanting to work within the mortgage and property sector, and proves that you have the knowledge and training to meet advisory standards within this industry, 
  • The Financial Services, Regulation and Ethics Qualification - This course teaches in depth knowledge and understanding of the financial services industry, including legislation, regulation, and the Code of Ethics.
  • The Diploma in Corporate Finance - This course is designed to develop the skills required by corporate finance practitioners. The qualification will help you stand out from your peers, and apply for top jobs in the finance industry.


If you work in construction, then it is vital that you receive training and gain the skills needed to operate relevant machinery. You should also be able to demonstrate that you have a health and safety awareness of the machinery you are operating. It is recommended that all employees working within the construction industry gain the NEBOSH National Construction Certificate. According to training provider ACT - “This is the leading health and safety qualification for the construction industry that is held by more than 12,000 people.” The course covers all area of construction health and safety in the UK and will teach you know to apply this knowledge in a practical way. This will help broaden your knowledge of health and safety issues that can affect construction activities. 

Additional courses that you could take to enhance your professional development include - The CCNSG Safety Passport: This allows construction employees to work on site more safely, with lower risk to themselves and others; and the CITB Site Managers Safety Training Scheme: This is designed to enhance the skills of those with management responsibilities in the construction industry.


The food industry has evolved massively over the past 50 years and keeping up to date with ever-changing food production regulations is a vital part of most jobs in the food industry. The Professional Certificate Food Technology is designed for those working in the food manufacturing industry who want to achieve a higher qualification and progress within their career. With this qualification, you can choose to specialise in dairy, meat, bakery, or nutrition, so the course will be tailored to your interests and reflect the industry that you work in. You could also consider signing up for a Food and Nutrition Sciences (MSC). This course aims to advance your existing qualifications so that you can specialise in the field of food and nutritional sciences. You could then apply for jobs such as - nutritional therapist, scientific laboratory technician, quality manager, and food technologist. 


You do not necessarily need any formal qualifications to become a photographer, but creativity and technical ability are essential. Photography is a highly competitive industry, so making the effort to obtain professional qualifications is a great way to demonstrate skill and make yourself stand out when seeking jobs or freelance work. The British Institute of Professional Photography is an internationally recognised qualifying organisation with over 100 years providing education and development to photographers. They offer professional photographers three courses - Licentiateship, Associateship and Fellowship - each reflecting increasing levels of skill, experience, and achievement. Some additional short courses to enhance your photography skills include - Introduction to Photoshop, Advanced Digital Photography Skills, DSLR Photography, and Photographic Studio Lighting for Beginners.

Final thought

In today’s industrial and business environments, things are constantly evolving. To keep up with new developments, ideas and technologies, individuals must be proactive with their professional development and continually upgrade their skills and knowledge. Above, are a few examples of popular professional qualifications, but there are hundreds of other qualifications and courses out there to enhance a career in pretty much any industry.