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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 CICM (the Association’s education programme provider) for assessment. There will be a fee of £40 for CICM’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.

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.

Student Membership

The High Court Enforcement Officers Association (HCEOA) has partnered with the Chartered Institute of Credit Management (CICM) as our preferred training partner.

Once you have become a Student Member you are entitled to commence the education pathway via the CICM.

The CICM offer two qualifications at Level 4, a Level 4 certificate and a Level 4 Diploma.

Level 4 Certificate

This is our entry level qualification and demonstrates knowledge of the main areas of High Court Enforcement. It aims to improve your skills and help you gain recognition in your role. It will raise your confidence and performance in day-to-day tasks and build your skills ready for study towards the Level 4 Diploma in High Court Enforcement.

Level 4 Diploma

The Level 4 Diploma in High Court Enforcement is designed to meet the qualification requirements of High Court Enforcement Officers. You will gain an understanding of concepts, processes and techniques in a wide area of High Court Enforcement and is ideal for those aspiring to become authorised. It will raise your confidence and performance at work.

For more information please visit the CICM website at http://qualifications.cicm.com/explore/high-court-enforcement/

Association Contact

For more information or to have a chat about a future career in High Court Enforcement please call the Association Secretary, Pauline Hayward, via e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a copy of your CV.