The BPA has launched flexible, up-to-date parking qualifications for both regulated and unregulated environments in partnership with WAMITAB, the new awarding organisation for parking qualifications. WAMITAB is dedicated to delivering high-quality qualifications that raise standards across the parking profession. Together, the BPA and WAMITAB are ensuring that the parking profession retains regulated, quality-driven and occupationally-led qualifications.
The BPA and WAMITAB have developed qualifications for parking enforcement officers and notice processors. The following BPA professional parking qualifications, which are fully accredited by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual), have been available since 1st January 2014:
The WAMITAB Level Two Award for Parking Enforcement Officers (QCF) (Ofqual qualification number: 601/1781/3)
This qualification’s core unit focuses on conflict management. To complete the qualification, you will also choose one of six additional units. The six optional units make the qualification suitable for a wide variety of job roles. One pathway, a unit on parking control and enforcement on private land in England and Wales, reflects changes brought about by the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012. The six optional units focus on:
- Enforcement under the Traffic Management Act 2004;
- Enforcement under the Road Traffic Regulations Act 1984;
- Enforcement on private land (in England and Wales under the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012);
- Enforcement on private land (in Scotland and Northern Ireland);
- Parking and traffic enforcement using CCTV; and
- Enforcement under the Road Traffic Act 1991 (in Scotland).
This qualification will provide you with an understanding of conflict management. Offering a good grounding in essential knowledge, it will also serve as an excellent induction if you are a new parking enforcement officer.
For more information on this qualification, view the units here.
The WAMITAB Level Three Award in Notice Processing (QCF) (Ofqual qualification number: 601/1941/X)
This qualification will provide you with essential training for an office-based, administrative role. The core unit offers an introduction to notice processing and information management. To complete the qualification, you will then choose between four further units:
- The first optional unit focuses on processing penalty charge notices in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and it also looks at appropriate responses to challenges, representations and appeals. This unit will be suitable if you are working under the Traffic Management Act 2004.
- The second optional unit focuses on processing penalty charge notices and responding appropriately to challenges, representations and appeals in Scotland.
- The third optional unit focuses on notice processing requirements for parking enforcement on private land in England and Wales; this unit will be suitable if you are working under the BPA’s Approved Operator Scheme Code of Practice. The unit also reflects changes brought about by the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012.
- The fourth optional unit focuses on notice processing requirements for parking enforcement on private land in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
For more information on this qualification, view the units here.
In addition to the two BPA professional parking qualifications developed in partnership with WAMITAB and outlined above, you may be interested in the Level 3 NVQ in Business and Administration offered by City & Guilds (please note: since 31st December 2013, City & Guilds no longer offers qualifications developed in partnership with the BPA). This qualification comprises a number of units covering generic administration and business functions and other optional units relevant to specialist administrative roles. Some of the modules may complement the work you will have already undertaken for the BPA-WAMITAB Level 3 Award for Notice Processors. For more information, click here.
The benefits of studying for a BPA professional parking qualification at a WAMITAB-approved centre
BPA professional parking qualifications, developed in partnership with WAMITAB, meet the knowledge, skills and development needs of the parking profession, as agreed by employers and consumer groups. Your customers and clients will be impressed when you say that either you or your staff are independently qualified to a nationally recognised standard. Employers will also know that they can rely on the professionalism of job applicants who have been awarded regulated parking qualifications.
Employers increasingly recognise the value of professional parking qualifications. A qualified workforce has the talent and determination to succeed. Qualified employees are less likely to make mistakes, and they also demonstrate a greater commitment to the parking profession, increasing staff retention.
Qualifications have a beneficial impact on the parking profession as a whole. This is why we are so keen to promote nationally accredited qualifications, focusing on essential skills identified through on-going research and feedback from the profession.
Approved BPA professional parking qualifications are recognised as the industry-standard. Our qualifications comply with rigorous national standards regulated by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual). Ofqual accreditation gives students, partners, employers and the public confidence that our qualifications are delivered by an organisation whose integrity, consistency, resources and competence have been independently checked.
BPA professional parking qualifications can also be used and transferred throughout Europe as part of the European Qualifications Framework (EQF). Our qualifications are recognised across the continent, increasing the value of your achievement.
WAMITAB: the new awarding organisation for parking qualifications
Our awarding partner, WAMITAB, has a high level of technical expertise and experience. Over 25 years, WAMITAB has designed qualifications for sectors that share many of the challenges faced by the parking profession. They have developed qualifications for operational staff who require detailed technical knowledge. They have also developed qualifications for staff engaged in shift-work and for employees who are subject to regional variations in legislation. WAMITAB’s commitment to raising professional standards through skills and qualifications is a true asset, and their ethos is consistent with the BPA’s five-year strategy.
For more information on WAMITAB, click here.
The following documents, produced by WAMITAB, may be of interest to people who wish to take BPA professional parking qualifications:
Parking Qualifications Flyer 2014
Level 2 Award for Parking Enforcement Officers
Level 3 Award for Notice Processing
Frequently asked questions
Please click here to view frequently asked questions for people who are interested in taking BPA professional parking qualifications at WAMITAB-approved centres.
Please click here to view frequently asked questions for learning providers.
The above FAQs will be regularly updated as new questions are asked. If you have a question you would like answered, please email Nick Teasdale.