One of NABMA’s priorities is to provide training and development opportunities to all those involved with the management of markets in order to promote the high degree of professionalism that exists within the industry.


Due to the continuing COVID-19 circumstances the 2020 sessions of the Diploma course were completed successfully via remote Zoom lectures.

NABMA has taken the decision to deliver the 2021 General Diploma Course entirely online via the zoom facility.  This is the same course held in Derby, but delivered via Zoom.

Candidates are invited to register their interest for the 2021 Diploma course with Steve Pickering, NABMA’s Professional Development Consultant at



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London Diploma in Markets & Street Trading Administration

NABMA is keen to ensure professional management of every type of market and the Diploma in Markets Administration (DMA) is the best way of building and demonstrating the knowledge of markets management, market officers and allied colleagues.

Over 200 candidates now have the NABMA DMA qualification. This Level 4 professional Diploma programme is carried out with the support of – and endorsed by – the Institute of Place Management (Manchester Metropolitan University).

The 2021 DMA programme will be starting this month – by Zoom – with a full cohort of 20+ students and now NABMA is keen to promote the equivalent professional qualification for London market managers, street trading officers and market officers.

NABMA recognises the speciality of London street trading legislation and the London Diploma in Markets & Street Trading Administration takes into account that speciality, with particular learning factors, as one of the cores of this new programme, which starts on 13th April 2021.

Roger Butterfield, who is a specialist lecturer in street trading law, is already known to many London colleagues, as is Graham Wilson OBE who has lectured on market law for many years. For the London Diploma both law specialists will be amongst other professional lecturers in communications, safety factors in markets, technical and financial matters, trading standards and marketing.

Please see the below brochure and note the special offer of £1,000 plus vat for NABMA members (non-members £1,250 plus vat).

If your training budgets are tight, fees can be split between this (20/21) and the next financial year (21/22).

Contact Steve Pickering at or 07756 326 022 to book now as there are limited programme places available.


2021 Diploma Programme Overview

2021 Diploma Programme Overview

Candidates come together to attend 3 two-day courses via Zoom on specialist subjects and complete three assignments to demonstrate what they have learnt from the experience.


23 February & 2 March 2021

Introduction to the DMA

Communication & Presentation Skills

Report Writing

Practical Marketing

Writing for Press

Working with Traders and Stakeholders

Creating Joint Initiatives


23, 24 & 30 March 2021

Markets Law & Market Charters

The need for formal Markets Policies

The Law on Street Trading

Effects of BREXIT on European Legislation

Legal Protection of Markets

Trading Standards & the Real Deal


14 & 20 April, 4 May

Assessing Safety Risks in Markets/HASAW

How markets are kept safe for the public

Market Technical Operations

Effective Use of Market Resources

Sourcing External Finance

Sustaining and Developing Markets

Business Planning for Promotions

Financial Budgeting

Attending the full programme online and attaining the Diploma enables you to demonstrate that you meet the markets industry standard.

The £1000 (+vat) fee can be split over two financial years should your training budget be tight – and some travel costs can be assisted where necessary.

(Training is available to non-Nabma members at the full price of £2,000 + vat)

For further information & to book see links below or  contact our Professional Development Consultant – Stephen Pickering by email on: or telephone 07756 326022

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