Two registration officers from East Sussex are among the first in the country to complete a new national qualification.
Cathy Manson and Anna Goddard, from the East Sussex Registration Service, achieved the new National Qualification for Registration Officers, aimed at raising standards in the profession.
The pair, whose duties include registering births, deaths and marriages, were part of a pilot group of 20 officers to complete the qualification, which is now being rolled out nationally.
Cathy and Anna completed a 12-month assessment in which they successfully demonstrated they met the exacting standards of the qualification board.
Cathy said, “I hadn’t studied anything for years so it was difficult to start with but I really enjoyed it.
“We were lucky in that we were allowed the time to fit the qualification around our normal duties.
“Even though I’ve been a registration officer for 13 years, it covers all the different aspects of the job so it will definitely help me in my role.”
By the end of their assessment, Cathy and Anna produced a portfolio demonstrating their competence in areas including delivering registration services, customer care, understanding local government and using information technology and received certificates at a ceremony.
Anna said, “As someone who is relatively new to registration, the qualification has really helped me to get a breadth and depth of knowledge that would have taken me many years of practical experience otherwise.
“It’s well worth doing for anyone who wants to pursue a long-term career in this field.”
Councillor Chris Dowling at East Sussex County Council said, “We are very proud of the achievements of Cathy and Anna, who have proved they have the ability, dedication and professionalism to provide an excellent service to people in the county.”