Due to the continuing Covid 19 circumstances the 2020 sessions of the Diploma course are now being provided via remote Zoom lectures, followed by candidates’ assignments to be completed and diploma awards being made.

NABMA is closely monitoring the situation and is preparing its methodology for delivering the DMA in 2021. Potential candidates are invited to register their interest for the 2021 Diploma course with Steve Pickering, NABMA’s Professional Development Consultant at 

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.

Nabma training is delivered in different formats:

Continuing Professional Development

A series of one day CPD events on specialist subjects affecting markets.

Plans for 2020 include topics such as:

“Crowd Science”, managing large crowds safely with reference to Christmas markets and other specialist market events.

“Budget Management”, how to develop financial budgets and source external income.

Further details on CPD events for 2020 will be circulated soon, and Nabma is always happy to consider requests for other areas of training from members (subject to demand)

Diploma in Market Administration

The Diploma provides an excellent introduction to many aspects of markets administration and is recognised as the premier markets qualification for local authority and private market operators – and those from allied organisations.

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.

2020 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.


25 & 26 February 2020

Introduction to the DMA

Communication & Presentation Skills

Report Writing

Practical Marketing

Writing for Press

Working with Traders and Stakeholders

Creating Joint Initiatives


31 March & 01 April 2020

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

Food Hygiene Regulations


05 & 06 May 2020

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

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

The venue is The Holiday Inn Derby Riverside with excellent refreshments and a high quality buffet lunch to ensure a comfortable learning environment, all inclusive of the course fee.

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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