Routes to qualified status: practices and trends among UK professional bodies
Studies in Higher Education
In the United Kingdom fully qualified status in professional occupations is normally awarded by a professional association or registration body. Both the requirements and the routes for qualifying vary between professions, although the majority include an academic component combined with or followed by a period of assessed practice. In recent years there have been pressures on professions to broaden their entry-routes while at the same time becoming more rigorous in the way that they sign off
... hat they sign off practitioners as fit to practise. A small-scale study undertaken in 2007 investigated how different professions operate entry-routes and qualifying processes. The findings indicate a trend towards increased flexibility, more thorough assessment of the practising phase, and some movement away from defined routes towards frameworks with robust exit-criteria. The pace of change is nevertheless uneven and there is scope for professions to learn from one another and from recent developments in higher education.