Award, Certificate and Diploma in Independent Advocacy

Advocacy Qualifications

(England, Wales and Northern Ireland)

Qualification Options

We currently offer the following City & Guilds Advocacy qualifications:

  • Level 2 Award in Independent Advocacy
  • Level 3 Certificate in Independent Advocacy


Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy

Independent Mental Health Advocacy

Independent Advocacy Management

Independent Advocacy with Adults

Independent Advocacy with Children & Young People

Providing Independent Advocacy Support under the Care Act 2014

  • Level 3 Diploma in Independent Advocacy

The Level 2 Award is ideal for anyone wanting to acquire knowledge of Independent Advocacy and the role of an independent advocate.  The qualification covers the principles of independent advocacy, the independent advocacy role, communication and equality and inclusion within independent advocacy with an aim to provide learners with an understanding of what independent Advocacy is and the principles which underpin good practice.

Distance learning materials and assessment are now available for the Level 2 Award, please contact us for more details.

The Level 3 Certificate and Diploma are both competence-based qualifications for learners who are currently working as Independent Advocates, either on a paid or voluntary basis; they require assessment of practice within the work or voluntary setting.  They ensure learners can demonstrate and develop the skills and knowledge required to work in an Independent Advocacy role.  These qualifications consist of mandatory units, covering core knowledge and skills competencies plus a number of optional specialism units.

Age Group – 18 or older

Level 2 Award in Independent Advocacy – 4 credits / 40 TQT

You will need to complete one unit, (4 credits), this is:

  • Understand the purpose and role of the Independent Advocate

Full qualification guidance – Level 2 Award in Independent Advocacy Handbook v1.0 (Jan 13) – 3610

Level 3 Certificate and Diploma in Independent Advocacy – 32/38 credits / 320 TQT

You will need to complete four mandatory units, (23 credits), these are:

  • Purpose and principles of Independent Advocacy
  • Providing Independent Advocacy support
  • Maintaining the Independent Advocacy relationship
  • Understand the social context of Independent Advocacy

There are several pathways available for the certificate and diploma qualifications, therefore the appropriate Optional units (9 – 15 credits), also need to be achieved for the pathway chosen.

Full qualification guidance – Level 3 Certificate/Diploma in Independent Advocacy v1.1 (Aug 17) – 3610

How long will it take

All learners vary on the timescale to complete their qualification.
When you register, you will be given a specified target date in which to achieve your qualification, you can complete your qualification sooner than the target date if you are able to submit work regularly and at a good pace. Specific target dates can be discussed and agreed with your Assessor.

Total Qualification Time (TQT) ranges from 40 – 320 hrs, depending on the qualification being undertaken, these are based on the average amount of time taken to achieve these qualifications, over an average completion period of 6 – 18 months.

Qualification costs

(including Registration, Learner Pack, Assessment and Certification) prices start from:

• Level 2 Award in Independent Advocacy – £245.00
• Level 3 Certificate in Independent Advocacy – £1,276.00
• Level 3 Diploma in Independent Advocacy – £1,620.00

These prices are reduced significantly for learners and organisations with their own in-house assessor support.

ARC members benefit from reduced costs

Workforce Development Funding

WDF is potentially available for these qualifications on completion of final certificate as follows:

  • Level 3 Certificate in Independent Advocacy – £540.00

WDF information


To register for any of these qualifications, you need to complete the necessary registration forms. This will prompt support for you to consider all the aspects involved in undertaking the qualification and ensure the right one is selected for you. You will also need to seek permission from your organisation to collect evidence in the workplace. To find out more about registering please click here ‘How to Register.

Materials, ARC documentation and Guidance

All ARC learner documentation is included in our learner portfolios, these can also be accessed via our ‘’Documentation, Guidance & Policies’ section in word and .pdf format.

Awarding Organisation guidance is available on our ‘Qualification Resources – Guidance’ page.