Life as a Bailiff


Have you considered using your transferable skills as a Court Bailiff, or Enforcement Agent (EA)?

Currently the subject of a popular fly-on-the-wall television series, enforcement officers need to demonstrate a mixture of resolve and tenacity and understanding and compassion.

The bailiff industry is seeing a huge rise in the number of new recruits coming from The Forces. It appears that the bailiff industry is providing job opportunities for ex-police personnel as well.

One industry leader suggested that the apparent match in skill sets required to succeed in both professions makes the transition from jobs in the army, police force or even prison service relatively seamless.

She claims: “Bailiffs need good communicative skills and need to be able to remain calm in situations of great stress, I imagine these skills are fundamental to serving on the front line whether it be in the Army, Royal Navy or even police force.”

She goes on to suggest that people leaving their respective industries still desire a job that remains exciting and throws up challenges on a daily basis. The fact that bailiffs can benefit from substantial financial rewards whilst experiencing these challenges makes the industry very appealing.

“We have a large number of ex-forces and police officers on our books and have been successful in placing a large proportion of these. We have had some very positive feedback regarding these candidates and are always looking to recruit from these professions. I would encourage anyone from these professions who is looking to embark on a new challenge to leave their details with us and take the first steps towards a very lucrative career change.”

Endeavour UK

Training organisation Endeavour UK offers a range of courses for people wishing to enter the profession, starting with the Level 3 Certificate for Enforcement Agents (Bailiffs) Taking Control of Goods. It is part of the company’s security training portfolio.

This course has been made for anyone that would like a career as an Enforcement Agent. This course covers all aspects relating to the roles and responsibilities of an Enforcement Agent. It includes Taking Control of Goods, EA Conduct, understanding the process of a number of different debt types, identifying and dealing with vulnerable people, understanding how to be an effective EA and also being able to effectively manage conflict. This course will give the candidate the information they need to apply to the county court for their enforcement agent court certification. Candidates must apply to the courts themselves for the certification. (If you would like us to do the administration to make the certification process as easy and stress-free as possible, we have a package:  Level 3 Certificate for Enforcement Agents (Bailiffs) Taking Control of Goods Course (Theory Course – Units 1 to 4) with Court Certification Process)

The course covers the legislations for Enforcement Agents:
• Schedule 12 of Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007
• Taking Control of Good Regulations 2013
• Taking Control of Goods (Fees) Regulation 2014
• Data Protection Act 1998

This course also covers the National Standards and much more This course is broken down into units:

Unit 1: Roles and Responsibilities of an Enforcement Agent (Bailiff)
• Understand the roles and responsibilities of different types of Enforcement Agent.
• Understand the type of cases that a Certificated Enforcement Agent can enforce upon.
• Understand Enforcement Agent enforcement procedures when taking control of goods.
• Understand the National Standards and Legislation relevant to Enforcement Agents.
• Understand the fee structure set out in legislation relevant to Enforcement Agents.

Unit 2: Magistrates Debt and Road Traffic Debt
• Understand the process which is followed by Local Authorities when issuing a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN).
• Understand documents which are required to enforce Magistrates Court warrants and Road Traffic fines.
• Understand the legislation relating to enforcement agent activity when enforcing Magistrates Court warrants and Road Traffic fines.
• Understand the Appeals Process.
• Understand the recovery process of a Road Traffic warrant

Unit 3: Council Tax (CT), National Non Domestic Rates (NNDR) & Commercial Rent
• Understand the legislation relating to both Council Tax (CT) and National Non Domestic Rates (NNDR).
• Understand the debt recovery process for both CT and NNDR.
• Understand the enforcement process for Commercial Rent Arrears.

Unit 4: Vulnerable People, Managing Conflict and Effective Enforcement Agent Action
• Understand threats to personal safety of an Enforcement Agent.
• Understand how to manage conflict effectively.
• Understand effective enforcement to achieve a positive outcome.
• Understand how to deal with vulnerable people.

You must successfully complete the assessment for all units and pass a classroom based exam to achieve the qualification. There is also an optional extra. For the learners who would like the certificate for theory and practical, that confirms you can apply the classroom knowledge to real life. Once Units One to Four are successfully completed you can go onto street on a one to one basis to complete Unit Five which is a field assessment. This is an optional extra which can be booked in at a later date. There is an additional cost for this assessment.

The Company also offers courses for those who need to renew their qualification certificates, identifying and dealing with vulnerable people and process serving.

For more information on Endeavour Training’s enforcement courses visit the company’s website You can also call them on 020 3263 or use the easy-to-use on line enquiry form.

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