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Are you thinking of a career as a Sales Director? Perhaps you have a knack for business problem-solving and you are able to negotiate well with customers in all respects. If this is the case, this is the career for you.

Before you begin this process however, it is important to be aware of the specific certifications that are recommended and the training that is most beneficial for you when you aim to prepare for a career as a Sales Director. A highly qualified individual will often find many career avenues open to them and will often enjoy a better paying job with more opportunities for growth.

The base educational requirement that is needed for this position is the standard GCSE (A-C)/S grades 1-3. In addition to this, two A levels and three H grades are recommended.

  • Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (for England, Northern Ireland and Wales)
  • Scottish Qualifications Authority

  • Those candidates who may already have some prior experience in this field or a related field may wish to have that experience recognized through the Accredited Prior Learning (APL).

    A significant amount of training actually occurs on the job as you learn from others in your field. However, there are also several specific certifications that you can work to earn. These include:
    • NVQ Levels 2 and 3 in this field
    • NVQ Level 4 in Management related to this field
    • SVQ Level 4 in Management (as above)
    • The ISMM Level 5 Diploma
    • MAMSA Diploma in Salesmanship and/or Management
    • The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) Intensive Diploma or Advanced Certificate (in Marketing or Management related to this field)

    Many of these qualifications can be obtained through distance training education or through part-time study. Apprenticeships are also offered, usually for those under the age of 24 years.

    Upon completing your training, you may find yourself with a full-time job in this field earning anywhere from ?11,000 to ?18,000 to start as a representative or from ?15,000 to ?30,000 as a manager (to start). More experienced representatives often earn anywhere from ?15,000 to ?35,000 per year and managers often earn between ?25,000 and ?55,000. A highly specialized representative in this field can earn up to ?40,000 while a top annual income for a manager can reach ?70,000 per year.
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