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IRRV Professional Diploma

This course is designed for those staff who wish to progress to senior positions. The Diploma is at Level 5 (of the current 8-level framework) in England and Wales. The Professional Diploma leads to Diploma Level Membership of the Institute and the designatory letters "IRRV (Dip). Once achieved, a Diploma member can proceed to the highest level Qualification, IRRV Honours.  For more information on IRRV Honours, please click here or contact the IRRV Education Department, via email education@irrv.org.uk

The course

  • Promotes best administrative practices
  • Covers key legislation
  • Provides expert tuition
  • Leads to IRRV Diploma Qualification & Diploma level Membership of the Institute

Entry Requirements

Candidates for the Revenues or Benefits streams of the Diploma must hold a qualification at least equivalent to A-Level, or any qualification at Level 3 of the national framework (England and Wales) and have had substantial workplace experience.


Students take five subjects, consisting of one assignment and four subjects that are assessed by 3-hour examination. It is not necessary to study all four subjects and the Centrally Assignment simultaneously, however candidates are required to complete all five exams/assignment within a 3-year period. This 3 year exam period starts from the date candidates successfully complete their first exam.

A summary of the IRRV Diploma 2020/2021 syllabus is available on the IRRV website.  

You must study all Common Core subjects and choose two additional subjects: 

Common Core

  • Centrally Set Assignment
  • Management
  • Management Case Studies

Additional Subjects

Choose one of the following subjects:

  • Revenues & Local Taxation Administration & Public Sector Finance
  • Welfare Benefits Administration & Public Sector Finance
  • Valuation for Rating *

Choose one of the following subjects:

  • Council Tax Law & Practice
  • Non Domestic Rating Law & Practice
  • Welfare Benefits Law & Practice
  • Law of Property 
* Valuation for Rating is only available to candidates who have previously passed Introduction to Valuation or Valuation Theory and Practice at IRRV Level 3 Certificate.
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