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The High Court Enforcement Officers Association (HCEOA) welcomes those who would like to train to become an Authorised High Court Enforcement Officer (AHCEO).  The process is in 2 complementary parts—please view the flowchart for a summary of how it works and the balance between the academic (Level 4 Chartered Institute of Credit Management (CICM) Diploma) and the practical (a training contract with a current AHCEO).

How to become a Student Member

Students must have achieved an academic qualification in law or credit management, or a suitable equivalent, at Level 3 or above.  To apply for student membership, a CV, with supporting documents should be sent to the Secretary.  If it is not entirely clear that you have achieved that level, a copy of your CV will be sent to CICM for assessment.  A fee of £40.00 will be payable for this.

If you have achieved the required level, your application will generally be accepted without more ado.  The Secretary will then send an application form for completion and return with the student membership fee (currently £50.00) and you will then receive a membership number and details of how to access the members’ area of the HCEOA website. A Student Member Return Form will be required each year which enables the Secretary to keep up to date with a Student’s academic progress by reference to CICM.

Academic study

The CICM Diploma qualification involves 8 assignments and one 3 hour exam and is intended to show both theoretical and practical knowledge of the law and practice of enforcement.

Training contract

 A 2 year contract with an AHCEO is required to show practical experience of enforcement and the general skills to operate in a modern office.  A log of work done should be kept (see the details required on the website) and Students will need to sit the Level 2 Taking Control of Goods exam (also offered by CICM) to enable them to obtain an Enforcement Agent’s Certificate and to carry out a limited amount of enforcement of writs of control and possession.  At the end of the period, the log will be signed off by the AHCEO and referred to an HCEOA Board member for review and approval.

Academic study and the Training contract period can run together and so the diligent Student can aim to be able to move onto the next stage after 2 years.

How to become an Associate Member

Once the Level 4 Diploma has been achieved and the training log signed off the Student can apply to become an Associate Member.  This enables the Student to be in a position to apply for authorisation

How to become an AHCEO

An application is needed to the Senior Master of the Queen’s Bench Division who is designated by the Lord Chancellor to authorise HCEOs.  See the requirements of the High Court Enforcement Officers Regulations 2004 (HCEOR) and the Ministry Guidance Notes which are both available on the website

How to become a Full Member

Once authorised the HCEO must apply for full membership, which is a requirement of the HCEOR.  This enables the HCEO to participate fully in the work of the HCEOA as well as the ability to receive writs of control and execution in the HCEO’s name.