School business manager (SBM) training and qualifications

See what training is available for SBMs. Find links to training and qualifications in school business management, as well as in specific topics like accountancy, HR and health and safety.

Last reviewed on 11 August 2023
School types: All · School phases: All
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  1. Decide your priorities for development
  2. SBM qualifications
  3. Accountancy qualifications
  4. Other specialist areas

In this article, we link to a range of organisations that provide commercial services. Please note that the inclusion of these services does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation by us.

We developed this article with the help of Justine Berkeley, managing director of SBM Services.

Decide your priorities for development

Use our skills audit to identify your strengths and areas for improvement. This will help you decide whether to prioritise development and training. For more support with planning and budgeting CPD across your whole team, take a look at our guidance on how to develop, monitor and evaluate an effective CPD programme.

Your local authority (LA) may also offer training or development opportunities for SBMs.

SBM qualifications

Both of these courses take around 18 months to complete, and are mapped to the Institute of School Business Leaders