This course designed by AMBA training is specially for county court or high court bailiffs, who enforce court judgements and also deliver legal documents such as summonses, and also certificated and private bailiffs, who work for firms known as civil enforcement agencies and collect debts such as rent or mortgage arrears for clients like local authorities, banks or utility companies.
As a bailiff you may be required to remove and sell people’s possessions in order to pay debts they owe. Bailiffs can also claim property and conduct evictions if necessary. If you can be firm but fair, and you understand the law, a career as a bailiff could be a good job choice for you.
To do this job, you will need a confident manner. You will need the ability to deal with people from all backgrounds. You will also need to be able to keep calm under pressure.
Bailiffs and enforcement officers may need some GCSEs or equivalent qualifications. Your communication skills and life experience are usually considered to be more important than your formal qualifications.
TYPES OF BAILIFFS, INCLUDING
- court-appointed officers (county court bailiffs, and civilian or high court enforcement officers), responsible for collecting money to cover debts arising from court orders, such as fines or county court judgements. They also deliver court documents such as summonses
- certificated bailiffs (who work for firms known as civil enforcement agencies and collect debts on behalf of clients), authorised to collect debts, such as rent and council tax arrears for local authorities
- private bailiffs, who also work for civil enforcement agencies and can recover goods to pay for other types of debt such as mortgage arrears or unpaid bills.
As a bailiff, your duties would include:
- visiting and writing to debtors to ask for payment
- arranging for people to repay debts in instalments
- serving court papers
- offering money management advice
- seizing goods and repossessing property
- arranging for goods to be sold at auction
- keeping and maintaining accurate records
- being responsible for any money and goods recovered.
NB As a registered bailiff you must follow strict laws and guidelines on what you are legally allowed to do at all times.
WHAT QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE WILL EMPLOYERS LOOK FOR?
Good communication skills and life experience are essential; these are usually considered to be more important than your formal qualifications. Many employers will ask for a full clean driving licence and the use of a car for work.
You must be a certificated bailiff to collect rent arrears, unpaid council tax and parking fines. Once you have obtained your qualification to become a certificated bailiff, you will need a Bailiff’s General Certificate. For this you must:
Complete an application form from your local County Court
Prove to a county court judge that you are a ‘fit and proper person’, without a criminal or debt record and with sufficient knowledge of bailiff law
Pay a security bond of £10,000 (used to pay compensation if a judge ever ruled that you had acted unlawfully)
Provide two references.
TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT
Your employer will provide training on the job, which may include training to help you obtain the Bailiff’s General Certificate. This may include putting you forward for the Enforcement Services Association (ESA) membership exam.
As a court-appointed officer, you would receive induction training when you start your job, followed by further in-house training from Her Majesty’s Courts Service throughout your career.
With a Bailiff’s Certificate, you can apply to join Her Majesty’s Court Service’s recently-launched Certificated Bailiff’s Register. You must reapply for your Bailiff’s General Certificate every two years.
The results of a consultation exercise on the regulation of bailiffs and bailiff companies are currently being considered by the government. For more information on this, please see the Ministry of Justice website.
The course will give you a basic understanding of bailiff law and its application. It is for new entrants into the Bailiff industry.
ABOUT THE COURSE
The Course is based on the Distress for Rent Act. It also covers most forms of Bailiff law.
- types of seizure
- types of Bailiffs
- types of Bailiff work
- laws regarding entry and removals
- what to remove
- what to do if the debtor is bankrupt
- how to obtain your bailiff certificate
- forms and procedures
This course will not make you a Bailiff or give you experience (experience cannot be taught just gained). It will give you the background knowledge you need in order that you may go out and gain further experience. It will give you sufficient knowledge to gain your first bailiff Certificate.
THE OVERALL COSTS ARE MADE UP AS FOLLOWS:
This two day course costs £500 in advance and £700 on the day