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Job Description

Trading Standards Officers enforce the law in connection with the way that goods and services are bought, sold, hired and rented. They cover a range of issues including consumer safety, fake goods, misleading labelling, under age sales and animal welfare.

They may visit local traders and businesses to routinely check that they are complying with the law, investigate complaints, check measures and scales are accurate in pubs for example and investigate suspected offences.

Entry Requirements

You'll usually work for a local authority.

You'll need 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) or equivalent, but some authorities may ask for 2 A levels.

You'll then study for professional qualifications while working.

If you have a degree in consumer protection, you can apply for a job as a graduate trainee trading standards officer.

You can become a TSO with any degree subject, but degrees in consumer protection or law can exempt you from some professional examinations.

Experience of legal, retail or advice work would be helpful.

The Chartered Trading Standards Institute has a list of approved course providers.

Career Path and Progression

With experience, you could become a senior TSO or manager.

You could also move into private consultancy work.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Consumer scientist
  • Customs officer
  • Environmental health officer
  • Health and safety adviser
  • Meat hygiene inspector

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

  • Good written and spoken communication skills
  • the ability to talk to people from all backgrounds
  • good observation skills and attention to detail
  • the ability to understand technical and complex data
  • a good knowledge of current legislation
  • the ability to be assertive when required
  • sound judgement and decision making abilities
  • able to work on your own initiative

Starting Salary

£19,000 to £90,000

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