Clerks and practice managers who complete the diploma, the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management, can build on their qualification through further distance learning to gain a BA (Hons) in professional studies or business management.

Mark Rushton, IBC education secretary said: “Management issues are of rising importance to many of our members and we are confident that this course will provide relevant and practical management training in an increasingly regulated environment, as well as providing a nationally recognised qualification.”