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Master, Journeyman and Apprentice Certificates Celebrating Career Development by Recognising Excellence in Achievement

Master Certificates were first introduced in 2001 by a partnership of City & Guilds, Livery Companies and Professional Bodies. The Master Plumber Certificate was soon followed by similar programmes for Carpenters, Joiners and Shopfitters.

Over 250 Master Certificates have now been awarded and it was felt that the pathway to "mastery" of a career founded on a specific skill required attention. Thus, two preliminary landmarks were introduced to encourage those who embark on a route to skilled employment to complete the journey.

The first of these is the Apprentice Certificate. This is an award for people who qualify by study, training, assessment or examination at NVQ Level 2, or equivalent, and thereby also obtain necessary work experience. Successful applicants also commit themselves to proceed to NVQ Level 3 as required by the "charge", or undertaking, that they accept on award of the Apprentice Certificate.

The next step is to reach the Journeyman point on the career pathway. At this position the skill traveller has achieved success at NVQ Level 3, or equivalent, and will be setting out to accumulate further experience. This will include supplementary qualifications and demonstrating an active interest in upholding professional standards. Therefore, the Journeyman's charge incorporates a pledge to continue with career development until ready to apply for the Master Certificate.

The precise details for Apprentice, Journeyman and Master Certificate awards are contained in folders provided for those who wish to follow this career path. The intention is to support national and public interest by encouraging students, trainees and apprentices to give of their best by recognising their achievements. At the same time, these awards confer status on individuals that has been earned.

Apprentice, Journeyman and Master Certificate Awards provide a compatible way for City & Guilds, City of London Livery Companies and Professional Institutions to work in partnership supporting Sector Skills Councils, Further Education establishments and industry. We are sure that determined people on skilled career paths will respond to a scheme that recognises excellence.

Further Information

Master, Journeyman and Apprentice Certificates
Master Plumber Certificate - Background to the scheme

Application Forms

Apprentice Plumber Certificate
Journeyman Plumber Certificate
Master Plumber Certificate