Production Certificate Qualification

Essential training for production assistants and junior agency producers

This year, the qualification has been redeveloped to encompass the changing role now required of producers. The qualification will prepare them for the challenges they will face in becoming producers of the future. It will take them through the processes for all types of production from traditional commercials, online content, stills, non-traditional media and producing in-house productions.

Production Certificate Qualification

Who is this qualification for?

Production assistants and junior producers with at least 18 months' experience in their role. From recent graduates in their first production role, to people entering a production role from other industry disciplines. 

What is covered?

  • The role and importance of the agency producer
  • The disciplines: contracts, copyright and legal
  • Looking at a script and deck in detail, scheduling and ball parking
  • PIBS contracts
  • Insurance
  • Choosing directors
  • Understanding a production quote
  • Animatics explained
  • Animation Casting, usage and contracts
  • SAG, foreign talent and shooting abroad
  • Post production
  • Pre-production meetings
  • Music
  • Cinema
  • Radio
  • Stills
  • Digital media / social media content
  • Ad funded programming / branded content
  • Producing in-house productions

How is the learning delivered and assessed?

This qualification is delivered over six days. Three full consecutive Monday's at the IPA offices in London:

  • Monday 7th October
  • Monday 14th October
  • Monday 21st October

Followed by a three-day residential element from Thursday 31st October - Saturday 2nd November. 

If a delegate is unable to attend any of the sessions above then unfortunately they will be unable to participate in the qualification at all. 


The qualification will also be formally assessed by a closed-book, offline, written exam at the end of the qualification, after the residential. This exam is worth 100% of the qualification grade and will be hosted at the IPA. Passing this assessment is the only way to successfully complete the qualification. However, delegates are expected to successfully complete other pieces of homework and group work during the qualification. These will not be long or demanding and are all preparatory pieces of work for later sessions. 

The qualification is designed to be interactive, with group workshops and industry experts sharing their knowledge and providing practical advice. 


Applications for the 2019 intake of the qualification have closed. Dates for the 2020 intake will be released soon.

Submission of applications will be accepted by the IPA as firm confirmation of the agency's intention to enroll the applying delegate.

Delegate applications will be reviewed by the qualification Chairs and delegates will be informed whether they have been successful or not at the end of August 2019.


All qualification, administrative, travel and accommodation costs are covered by the qualification fees:

  • IPA Members: £2,500 + VAT pp
  • IPA Non-Members: £5,000 + VAT pp

If you are considering applying as an IPA non-member we recommend considering joining the MIPA Pathway to benefit from paying the member qualification price. 

Read the IPA Production Certificate Qualification Policies