IMCA resource - qualifications in independent advocacy

A national advocacy qualification has been developed as one way of supporting the quality of independent advocacy. This qualification has been available since March 2009 and is accredited by City & Guilds.

There are two qualifications available specifically for independent mental capacity advocates (IMCAs).

Level 3 Certificate in Independent Advocacy

This is awarded to candidates who have successfully completed the four mandatory core units and the unit (805) on Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy.

Level 3 Diploma in Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy – Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

To gain the diploma, candidates who have achieved the IMCA certificate also need to complete the unit (810) that focuses on IMCA roles in the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards.

The IMCA regulations identify that it is for the commissioners of IMCA services to decide what is appropriate training and experience to undertake the IMCA role. Some commissioners may require IMCAs to have just completed the specific IMCA units, while others may expect the IMCAs to have achieved the certificate or diploma.


You can view the course handbook on the City & Guilds website (PDF file)