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IRRV (Level 3) Certificate

A new syllabus for the IRRV L3 Certificate has been launched.

The changes to Level 3 Certificate and Diploma are designed to attract more students to study for the technician qualification, whilst a structure for ensuring a smooth transition to obtaining the diploma qualification has been created. All three streams are now catered for at both Level 3 Certificate and Diploma; something that does not exist at present. Furthermore, students will now be able to sit subjects that are far more relevant to their chosen career path.

All our current distance learning students will be advised as soon as possible (whether they be currently studying or waiting forresults) on how the changes will impact on their studies. Each student will be contacted individually in August to advise them on where they now fit into the current syllabus.


The IRRV (Level 3) Certificate is for Local Revenues and Welfare Benefits staff up to middle management level. The course is designed for both Welfare Benefits and Revenues staff in the public and private sectors who wish to gain a professional qualification and further their careers. It may be taken as a freestanding qualification or as a stepping stone to study for the new IRRV Professional Diploma.

The course:

  • Promotes best administrative practices
  • Covers key legislation
  • Provides expert tuition 
  • Leads to IRRV Certificate Qualification & Technician Membership of the Institute
  • Is available throughout the UK and has been accredited in England, Wales and Northern Ireland by the National Regulators for England, Wales and Northern Ireland

Candidates are required to study four subjects, usually over a one-year, part time course (day release, evening, block release or by distance learning). Success in this qualification means that the holder can apply for Technician membership ("Tech IRRV") of the Institute.

It is not necessary to study all three subjects and the Centrally Assignment simultaneously, however candidates are required to complete all four exams/assignment within a 3-year period. This 3 year exam period starts from the date candidates successfully complete their first exam.

To be eligible to study for the IRRV (Level 3) Certificate examinations, candidates must

i.) be over 18 years of age AND

ii.) ideally have gained some work experience  

A summary of the 2017/2017 syllabus for the IRRV Level 3 Certificate (all streams) is available on IRRV website.

You can select the stream most appropriate to you. The module structure for each stream is as follows:

Revenues and Welfare Benefits Stream

  • Centrally Set Assignment
  • choose two of the following subjects:

  • Introduction to Council Tax
  • Introduction to Non Domestic Rate
  • Introduction to Welfare Benefits
  • choose one of the following subjects:

  • Revenues and Local Taxation Administration
  • Welfare Benefits Administration

Non Domestic Rate Stream

  • Centrally Set Assignment
  • Non Domestic Rates Administration
  • Introduction to Non Domestic Rate
  • Introduction to Valuation

Valuation Tribunal Stream

  • Introduction to Council Tax
  • Introduction to Non Domestic Rate
  • Introduction to Rating Valuation
  • Valuation Tribunal Administration & Administrative Justice

For further information about how the Certificate fits into the National Qualifications Framework, please visit the QCA website at www.qca.org.uk/qca_5967.aspx (please note this link will take you to an external site).

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