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.


General Diploma in Market Administration

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

London Diploma in Market Administration

A second diploma course will be available in Spring aimed at the specialist nature of operating markets in the London area. Further details of the proposed dates will be made available very soon.

Why obtain the diploma?

  • Experienced market officers achieve formal recognition of their skills with this level 4 national qualification.
  • Inexperienced officers new to the industry receive fast-track training into all aspects of market management.
  • A formal qualification empowers officers to carry out duties more effectively, due to senior management having increased confidence in ability.
  • All those attending the course develop valuable networking contacts with other market officers.
  • Officers completing the DMA often report increased income on their markets after introducing initiatives learnt on the course.
  • Effective route to further education.


2021 Diploma Programme Overview

Candidates come together to attend 3 two-day courses in Derby 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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