Unit 305: Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy - Advocacy Training

Supports learners to develop the practical skills and knowledge required to provide Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA) within the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

Distance or classroom learning pathways.

Excellent tutor - heaps of experience & very passionate about the role of an advocate.

Unit 305 Course, delivered by Sara

Informative, knowledgeable, supportive, response and reflective. Excellent!

C&G QIA Unit 305 Course, delivered by Jo

I felt like my contributions were valued – this has given me confidence in my role

C&G QIA Unit 305 Course, delivered by Jo

Good person-centred training. Liked the examples from real practice.

Unit 305 Course, delivered by Sara

Learnt so much. Interesting from beginning to end

C&G QIA Unit 305 Course, delivered by Jo

Clearly explained the IMCA role and has given me a confidence boost to fulfill the role

C&G QIA Unit 305 Course, delivered by Val

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C&G QIA Unit 305 Course, delivered by Val

I was very impressed by your attention to the process of learning and the detailed guidance and support that you give

Feedback Post Visit by City & Guilds External Quality Assurer (EQA), May 2018

I enjoyed that everyone was encouraged to participate their own experiences

Unit 305 Course, delivered by Sara

Complete this unit if you provide IMCA support or wish to learn more about the IMCA role.

There are eight learning outcomes for this unit:

  • Outcome 1: Understand the role and responsibilities of the Independent Mental Capacity Advocate
  • Outcome 2: Be able to use current mental capacity legislation
  • Outcome 3: Be able to provide Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy
  • Outcome 4: Be able to work with the decision maker
  • Outcome 5: Be able to work with accommodation and care review referrals
  • Outcome 6: Be able to work with serious medical treatment referrals
  • Outcome 7: Be able to work with adult protection referrals
  • Outcome 8: Be able to construct an Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy report
Please note: The City & Guilds Unit 305 is ‘competency-based’ i.e. assessed by producing a portfolio of evidence to meet the learning outcomes. You must be working as an IMCA to draw from your current practice for your portfolio of evidence, to achieve the City & Guilds standalone or full qualification in this area. The qualification is suitable for both new and experienced Independent Mental Capacity Advocates.

See our Award Information Pack for further information.


*10% discount on all City & Guilds Level 3 courses when booking 2+ learners on the accredited route*

Individual Units can be taken as stand-alone accredited courses. These cost £590.00 per person per unit, all costs included.

The full QIA package, completing the four Core Units plus one of the Specialist Units is £1,500.00 per person.

*Prices of accredited pathways include distance or classroom learning, course materials, City & Guilds registration, 12 months assessor support, internal verification and City & Guilds certification

You can also attend the classroom training for continuing professional development, where no assessed work is required. This costs £120.00 per person per day.

  • You do not need to be working in independent advocacy to attend for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) (an understanding of advocacy and its practice is assumed for the Specialist Units).

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If you would like to discuss in-house training options with us for this accredited one day course (or as part of the full QIA package), for groups of up to 20 attendees per day, please email info@advocacytraining.org.uk or get in touch via the Contact Us form and we will be happy to help.


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