OISC Training Courses: Level 1

Anyone who is not a practising solicitor, barrister or legal executive and who is giving immigration advice or services in the UK must be regulated by the OISC. As the largest immigration law service and advice provider in the UK, with over 22 offices around the country, IAS are perfectly positioned to assist you with your OISC training and with obtaining everything you need to practice in the area of immigration law and gaining your OISC qualification.

Our OISC training courses last for two days and will cover UK immigration law, European Union Law and (at OISC Level 2 and 3) asylum law in a fast moving and dynamic way that has been designed to assist you with successfully passing your OISC assessment tests. It may also be useful for those undertaking the Law Society Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme. Our courses have been recognised by the OISC and may well be suitable for OISC practitioners, solicitors and others who are required to plan and undertake appropriate Continuing Professional Development activities.

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Who can participate in an OISC training course?

There are no formal qualifications required to attend the training and anybody is welcome to participate. However, having experience in the field may benefit you.

OISC training courses are a useful means of beginning a career in the immigration sector. Our courses are also highly relevant to those who already hold accreditation and are seeking to refresh their knowledge and keep up to date with the latest developments in the sector.

What materials are included in the OISC training course?

The training materials include two folders. The first one contains the actual course content (including all aspects of the syllabus) and the second is an exam preparation folder which allows you to gain all the knowledge necessary to help you pass the OISC Exams.

Please note that the OISC Exams are not included in our training packages. You are required to apply through the OISC directly.

Which other levels of OISC training do you offer?

At IAS, we also offer a full training course in Level 2 and Level 3

The material which is covered in each of these courses is designed to be progressively more extensive and our three levels are aimed at guiding you through the fundamental material needed to understand immigration, asylum, and EU laws.

If you have not already completed the training course at Level 1 with us, we advise that you begin at this level to form a base knowledge to build upon.

Why do I need an OISC Level 1 qualification?

An individual or organisation must be able to demonstrate to OISC the necessary knowledge and skills required to meet the needs of clients seeking immigration advice or services. Advice and services can be provided at specified levels and in the ‘asylum’ category, the ‘immigration’ category, or both.


How will this help my professional development?

All Candidates wishing to become an OISC-authorised adviser within an OISC-regulated organisation must have some advice experience, preferably in the immigration sector, in order to be invited by OISC to sit the competency assessment. Such advice experience may have been gained through previous employment or by volunteering in an OISC-regulated organisation, a solicitors’ firm or some other advice setting. It is very useful – and sometimes may be a requirement – to have attended an up-to-date training course when applying to be authorised by OISC as an adviser. Having attended a training course can also demonstrate to an employer an appropriate level of commitment to providing accurate and comprehensive advice, within the appropriate level of competency.

How is the OISC exam structured?

The OISC Level 1 Competence Assessment has two parts, a multiple choice section, and a scenario-based section. The exam is open book, and the training manual that we provide can be taken in with you.

The exam is not included as part of the training we offer.

You can find out more about the competence assessment here.

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