Production Essentials Certificate

Essential training for production assistants and junior agency producers

In 2021 the IPA has adapted its longest running qualification, so it can run according to Covid-19 restrictions. Two thirds of the programme will run remotely via Zoom, the third and final module and exam will take place later in the year face to face at the IPA offices in Belgrave Square – these dates are TBC (Covid-19 restrictions permitting). We will ensure all delegates can attend or worst case scenario create a new third module that can run differently if the situation in the UK does not ease as expected.

Production Essentials Certificate

The course still encompasses all types of production taking junior producers and production assistants through the entire production process. We have also adapted the content to ensure we cover the greater complexities in production caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Completing the course will result in delegates being awarded the IPA Production Essentials Certificate and 3 MIPA Stars (please see more details on MIPA accreditation).

Please note applications have now closed for the 2021 Intake. If you would like to keep up-to-date with further information on future intakes, please register your interest

What is covered?

Modules 1 & 2: 

  • The role and importance of the agency producer
  • The disciplines: contracts, copyright and legal
  • Ballparking and quoting
  • Looking at scripts in detail
  • Scheduling
  • Choosing a director
  • Social media
  • Experiential and event production
  • Animation
  • Post production
  • Business affairs
  • Licensing
  • Music
  • Procurement
  • Production Insurance
  • Casting
  • Cinema
  • Stills production
  • Covid Risk Mitigation
  • Sustainable production

Module 3: 

  • Understanding the production company quote.
  • Preparing a client estimate for approval
  • Pre-production meetings
  • Working in groups, delegates will have to plan, and creatively work on a fully integrated campaign, and present the following at the final pre-production meetings: Schedule, ballpark, final quote, casting briefs, choice of recommend director and back-ups, storyboards and details of their creative approach to produce an integrated campaign.

How is the learning delivered and assessed?

The course comprises of seven, half day Zoom sessions and two full days at the IPA’s office in Belgrave Square, there will also be an exam. Delegates are expected to complete pre and post session assignments, and will be assessed for their presentation skills at the final pre-production meeting.

The course will take place on the following dates:

Module 1 – Via Zoom – 9.30am – 1pm

15, 16, 17, 18 March

Module 2 – Via Zoom – 9.30am – 1pm

22, 23, 24 March

Module 3 TBC – Covid-19 restrictions permitting

Interest List

If you would like to be kept up-to-date on further iterations of the IPA Production Essentials, please register your interest


All qualification and administrative 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 Essentials Certificate Qualification Policies