The High Court Enforcement Officers Association welcomes those who are suitably qualified to embark on its education programme. The pathway to become a High Court Enforcement Officer begins by becoming a Student Member of the Association.
How to become a Member
The educational qualification starting point for our education programme is at Level 4 therefore your present educational qualification needs to be at Level 3 in law or credit management related areas. To enable the Association to decide whether you are at the required educational level to embark on our education programme please send your CV with supporting evidence of your educational qualifications to the Association Secretary.
Reaching Level 3 will have demonstrated that you are interested in education and that you have capacity for learning. However, if you have not attained educational qualification to Level 3, do not worry as other qualifications you may have could qualify as a substitute.
If it is unclear as to whether your educational qualifications are at Level 3 your CV will be sent to ICM (the Association’s education programme provider) for assessment. There will be a fee of £40 for ICM’s assessment which the Association Secretary will request from you at the appropriate time, if applicable.
If your educational qualifications are at Level 3 your CV will be put to the Association’s board of directors at the next available board meeting – there are four board meetings each year.
Once accepted by the board of directors as a Student Member you will receive a membership application form (together with supporting documentation) for completion and return to the Association Secretary together with the relevant annual membership fee which currently stands at £50. You will then be issued with a registration number (a membership number will be allocated only when you reach Full Member status) together with user name and password for the Members area of the Association’s website.
Please see our basic flow chart highlighting our clear pathway:
Authorised High Court Enforcement - Overview
As a student member embarking on this career path, the Association would wish you to progress to the next level being that of an Associate Member. As an Associate Member you can then make an application to the Lord Chancellor for full authorisation as a High Court Enforcement Officer. This is considered as reaching the very pinnacle of a career as an enforcement officer. Once you receive your appointment you will become an Authorised High Court Enforcement Officer and you will then be admitted as a Full Member of the Association.
Authorised High Court Enforcement Officers (AHCEOs) execute the judgments and orders of the High Court and County Courts of England and Wales. They are men and women who are authorised personally by the Lord Chancellor, or his designated person, pursuant to paragraph 2(1) of Schedule 7 of the Courts Act 2003 and Regulation 6 of the High Court Enforcement Officers Regulations 2004.
Needless to say the gravity of the appointment means that becoming an AHCEO requires an individual training and demonstrating an understanding of legal processes through academic study.
As well as the need to achieve recognised qualifications an individual cannot become an AHCEO unless the conditions in Part 2 paragraph 4 of the High Court Enforcement Officer Regulations 2004 are met which include:
1. No outstanding conviction for a criminal offence involving a custodial sentence involving violence or dishonesty.
2. No outstanding court fines.
3. No unsatisfied court judgments within the last six years.
4. No status as an undischarged bankrupt.
5. No disqualification as a company director within the last six years.
6. No involvement in any business relating to or including the purchase or sale of debts.
An application for appointment as an AHCEO also requires details of the applicant’s knowledge of the laws, practice and procedure of the High Court in relation to enforcement debts.
Applicants can demonstrate the required level of knowledge in these areas by passing the High Court Enforcement Officers examination and reaching Associate status.
All are welcome to join the Association. The first level of membership is student membership. Once a student has passed the Association’s examination they are entitled to apply for associate membership. The Association will then support an application to the Lord Chancellor for authorisation. Authorisation by the Lord Chancellor automatically qualifies Associate Members to become Full Members.
However, there is quite a lot of work for you to do before being admitted as an Associate member - below we outline the steps that you will need to take.
The High Court Enforcement Officers Association (HCEOA) has partnered with the Institute of Credit Management (ICM) as our preferred training partner.
Once you have become a Student Member you are entitled to commence the education pathway via the ICM. Go to the following link to see the cost and full details of the Education Programme:
You may consider that you do not want to follow the complete pathway to becoming an AHCEO but would like to enhance your expertise within your work related area – the modules within the Education Programme are set up as ‘stand-alone’ so you can take a ‘pick and mix’ element of the units at Level 4.
To apply to become an AHCEO you must complete the Level 5 Diploma and this part of the programme will take 18 months to two years to complete.
In addition to the knowledge and theory under the Level 4 and Level 5 Diplomas you will need to have practical experience before you are given Associate status. How is this achieved? You will need to be sponsored/employed by an AHCEO within the High Court enforcement workplace.
This will mean that you will have to produce log sheets over a two year period that will include the following:
1. Information Technology
2. Health and Safety
3. Levying/Seizure of goods
4. Removal of goods
The above are the headers of each log sheet. The logs will be able to demonstrate not only your knowledge but evidence that you can do the work of an HCEO on a practical level.
Each log sheet will be signed off by your AHCEO sponsor/employer. He/she, at the end of the training period, will sign a declaration to validate your competency.
The template log-book is available to download from the Members area of the Association’s website.
At the end of your training period you will be required to sit a final examination in a classroom environment as well as writing a 3500 word thesis on a given subject.
You then become admitted as an Associate Member of the Association.
To gain Associate status your will need the following:
Certificate and Diploma up to Level 5 of the ICM course work
Completed log sheets
(Please note: supporting logs for practical work experience are to be dated from the date that you are accepted as a Student Member – these logs cannot be backdated)
Pass mark of 75% for the final examination
Thesis of 3500 words
To make an application to the Lord Chancellor you will need the following from the Association:
Evidence of Associate Membership
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