Diploma Qualifications

New Professional Diploma and Honours

The Institute’s new Diploma and Honours replaced the Full Professional Qualification from September 2009.
In national terms, the Diploma is at Level 5 (of the current 8-level framework) in England and Wales, and Level 9 (of the current 12-level framework) in Scotland. Honours is at Level 6 and 10 respectively. The qualifications are not yet nationally accredited; this will be sought in future years.

Candidates who achieve the Diploma will be able to use the designation IRRV (Dip); those who achieve Honours will be able to use IRRV (Hons).

Candidates for the Revenues or Benefits streams of the Diploma must have passed the IRRV Technician Qualification, the IRRV Level 3 Certificate (England and Wales), the IRRV Certificate (Scotland), an IRRV Level 3 National Vocational Qualification or an IRRV Level 3 Scottish Vocational Qualification.

Candidates who do not fulfil the above entry conditions will be required to demonstrate a comparable background in the appropriate knowledge and skills.

Consideration can be given to candidates who have at least a Level 3 / A-level /Scottish Highers qualification and some substantial workplace experience and seniority.


The Diploma will be taken over a period of up to three years. Courses will be available by Distance Learning, and live courses will be offered in London.

Candidates take all subjects in the Common Core, and all subjects in ONE of the option streams.

Diploma Common Core

- Centrally set assignment   Assignment up to 5,000 words; candidate selects from a list set by the Institute; six-month completion period

- Elective assignment (ie proposed by candidate) Assignment up to 5,000 words; candidate proposes own topic; six-month completion period

- Management Examination

Revenues and Welfare Benefits Streams

All students MUST study 3 subjects in total. Students must study:

  • Management Case Study
  • Public Sector Finance & Revenues Administration

and a choice of either:

  • Law of Council Tax and Non-Domestic Rating; or
  • Welfare Benefits in Local Government


There are TWO parts:

- Dissertation of 15,000 words
- Viva voce examination

Candidates will be required to propose their own dissertation. They will be expected to provide evidence of research, knowledge of a range of theory and practice, and apply personal reflection. The viva voce (oral) examination will test dissertation content, and other aspects of the candidate’s knowledge, skills and professional competence.

    DiplomaSyllabus Aug 2013.pdf

    Diploma Welfare Bens syllabus - December 2012.pdf

    Diploma Welfare Benefit Scotland Syllabus 2013.pdf

    Diploma Welfare Benefits Specimen Paper