All of our centres are fully open for in centre study and exams. Distance Learning (home study) courses are still available.

All of our centres are fully open for in centre study and exams. Distance Learning (home study) courses are still available.

Virtual Assistant (VA) Diploma

Pitman Training’s Virtual Assistant courses give you the keys to independent success. Our holistic curriculum ensures you complete the course equipped with the knowledge and tools you’ll need to provide excellent service to clients while running and marketing your own business.

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Is Virtual Assistant (VA) Diploma for you?

If you’re interested in starting a dynamic career in a growing field from the comfort of your own home, our Virtual Assistant courses are the perfect fit. This role can be wide ranging, granting the opportunity to work with clients in various industries. Additionally, the recent, vast adoption of remote work has accelerated what was already increasingly high demand for competent VA’s.

Award and Associated Qualifications

Awarded 130 CPD points upon successful completion

Start Date

Flexible

Study Type

In centre, online, or a combination

Training Type

diploma

Duration

130 hours or 5 weeks full-time study

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About Virtual Assistant (VA) Diploma

Pitman Training offers flexible, learn at your own pace courses to allow you the freedom to earn your new skill set when convenient for you. Our Virtual Assistant courses can get you started on your new career path in as little as 5 weeks or 130 hours. Leaving you confidently armed with a variety skills to lead your successful new business. An exciting opportunity for those looking to quickly transition to a new career where they are able to take control of their hours, responsibilities, clients and earning potential.

Become an invaluable resource from your own home.

A Virtual Assistant (VA) can often be a saviour to a sole trader or small business. When it’s essential to keep overheads as low as possible, utilizing the services of a Virtual Assistant is one of the most sensible business decisions they might make.

Working for yourself as a Virtual Assistant offers a unique and varied career opportunity. You’ll be your own boss, so you’ll be able to set your working patterns as you wish. Many businesses don't need a full-time PA or Administrator so, rather than pay out a monthly salary, they will often utilize the services of a VA on an as and when basis and simply pay for what they need.

The areas you offer support a business with are varied. You might help them deal with their admin and general office workload, manage their social media accounts or maintain the company’s financial records, it all depends on what their needs are. This offers a great variety to keep the days interesting. With the flexible method of study available, you can study this diploma whenever suits you in any of our handy local centres.

  • Flexible training which fits around your commitments
  • Support on hand from our friendly Course Advisors
  • Get the skills and confidence you need to achieve your career goals!

Aims and Objectives

This diploma will give you the skills required to be able to offer a great VA service to your clients. You’ll cover all the essential areas a VA will need to know such as effective communication and bookkeeping, but also gain valuable marketing and project management knowledge to give you a wide skillset.

Courses Included

In addition to the core courses listed below you also choose an additional 4 social media courses from a list which includes: Social Media Strategy for Business, Facebook for Business, Twitter for Business, Introduction to Google Website Tools, LinkedIn for Business, Video for Business, Blogging for Business and SEO for Business. 

Marketing Essentials

Over four lessons you’ll cover topics such as understanding what a marketing plan is, how to carry out appropriate research, how websites are designed to market a company, effective advertising and the four P’s of marketing products.

Understanding Business Accounts

For a business, nothing is more important than its finances. This course will provide you with a good understanding of business accounts – essential knowledge if you run a small business.

Introduction to Business Structure and Law

If you have or are thinking about setting up your own business, this course will provide you with an essential grounding in the basics of business structure and law.

VA Essentials

If you’re thinking of becoming a Virtual Assistant, our VA Essentials course will help give you a rounded overview of what is involved in running your own business as a Virtual Assistant. 

Project Management Fundamentals

Split into four engaging parts, this course takes you through the full life cycle of a project in terms of defining what it is, planning every aspect, implementation, completion and evaluation of a project. 

Effective Online Communication

Communication is a key, must-have skill in today’s employment market. This short online course will help prove to employers that you’re able to communicate confidently and effectively online to different audiences.

 

WordPress for Business

This course is specifically designed for those wishing to learn how to create a business-focused website. You’ll learn about designing the site and how to develop and enhance it.

 

Elective Courses

In addition to the core courses, you also choose two additional elective courses. Below is a list of recommended courses but there is a wider list available. Please speak to a Course Advisor for full details of how best to tailor this Diploma to your requirements.

Bookkeeping Transactions and Controls Part 1

The course is ideal for those who would like to work as a Bookkeeper or Accounts Assistant. It is a great starting point for those new to skill of bookkeeping and who want to learn the correct processes and procedures to be able to confidently manage the financial records for a business.

Bookkeeping Transactions and Controls Part 2

This course will hwlp you learn the processes and methods involved in intermediate manual bookkeeping. You will cover cash and bank reconciliations, balancing ledger accounts, using the journal, credit control, bad debt, payroll, VAT schemes, error correction, control accounts and many other aspects of manual bookkeeping.

Word

Our Microsoft Word course is designed to provide you with the essential skills you will need to be proficient in Word, in a work environment, in as short a time as possible. 

Outlook

This flexible study Outlook course takes you through everything you need to use this popular email system as a work tool, from navigation and views through contacts and appointments, to tasks and folders.

Excel

Microsoft Excel is the world’s most popular spreadsheet program. This course is suitable for beginner to intermediate level.

Over 10 self-paced lessons you’ll learn how to format your spreadsheet to best display your information, handle simple and complex formulas, insert charts, learn how to insert functions such as IFERROR and much much more.

Speedwriting

Our SpeedWriting course is a new way to learn the BakerWrite™ SpeedWriting system in just six hours. It will help you accurately record the spoken word, to speeds over 40 wpm.

Time Management

Time management training increases your productivity and efficiency - and this is the perfect time management course for anyone who wants to get more done in less time. 

Audio Transcription Level 1

Audio Transcription is a valuable skill to gain, with applications in many industry sectors. This course will help you learn how to operate audio transcribing equipment and become proficient in document transcription. 

Successful Meetings and Minutes

If you work as a Secretary, Administrator, PA, EA or Office Manager for instance, your role may involve taking notes or minutes at meetings.

Pre-Requisites

There are no pre-requisites required for this diploma.

Finance Options

Wherever possible our training is tailored to your needs. The cost of our training programmes depend on the course(s) you choose and varies according to duration and breadth. Rest assured we have a number of payment options available to ensure the cost of training is affordable and can be worked alongside your other financial commitments. Common ways people fund their training include: - 

 

Self-Funded: 

  • Flexible payment plans to help you spread the cost* available at many of our centres;
  • You could opt to pay upfront.

 

 

Company Funded:

Requesting funding from your employers needn’t be a daunting task. Many employers support and encourage their employees with their professional development and consider it a worthwhile investment to fund any training required.

What we can help with:

  • Providing a comprehensive training programme outlining learning outcomes
  • Tailored personnel letters
  • Communication with finance departments to arrange payment options (upfront or payment plan*).

 

Funding & Grants:

There may be the opportunity to apply for funded grants that can help towards the cost of training. These include the Skills Development Scotland ITAs and the ReAct programme in Wales. All schemes will have different terms and conditions that will need to be met in order to qualify for a grant and these are managed by each individual centre.

We’d recommend you speak to a Course Advisor in your local centre to find out whether they are registered to offer any such schemes and discuss your requirements further.

 

* Terms and Conditions apply. Speak to a Course Advisor for full information on the options available to you.

 

 

Career Path

This diploma is quite specific in that it aims to help you get the skills required to work as a Virtual Assistant and make use of your entrepreneurial spirit that is required to run your own business.

Additional Information

Virtual Assistant (VA) Diploma Training Centres

East Anglia

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Bishop's Stortford Pitman Training Bishop's Stortford, Suite 3, 15 Market Square, Bishop's Stortford East Anglia Enquire &
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Cambridge Pitman Training Cambridge, 2nd Floor St Andrews House, 59 St Andrews Street, Cambridge East Anglia Enquire &
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Chelmsford Pitman Training Chelmsford, 2 St Johns Court, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford East Anglia Enquire &
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Ipswich Pitman Training Ipswich, 12 Northgate Street, Ipswich East Anglia Enquire &
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Peterborough Pitman Training Centre, Stuart House, St John’s Street, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire East Anglia Enquire &
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Bishop's Stortford
Pitman Training Bishop's Stortford, Suite 3, 15 Market Square, Bishop's Stortford CM23 3UT
Cambridge
Pitman Training Cambridge, 2nd Floor St Andrews House, 59 St Andrews Street, Cambridge CB2 3BZ
Chelmsford
Pitman Training Chelmsford, 2 St Johns Court, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford CM2 0JD
Ipswich
Pitman Training Ipswich, 12 Northgate Street, Ipswich IP1 3DB
Peterborough
Pitman Training Centre, Stuart House, St John’s Street, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire PE1 5DD

London

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Bromley Pitman Training Bromley, 1 Elmfield Park, Bromley London Enquire &
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Central and West Pitman Training London Central and West, 3rd Floor, 4/4A Bloomsbury Way, Bloomsbury Square, London London Enquire &
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City EC2 Pitman Training City EC2, Salisbury House, London Wall, London Enquire &
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Clapham Pitman Training Clapham, 2nd Floor, Polygon House, 18-20 Bromells Road, London - Clapham, London Enquire &
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Croydon Pitman Training Croydon, 2nd Floor, 19 Park Street, London - Croydon, London Enquire &
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Edgware Pitman Training Edgware, Chartwell House, 292-294 Hale Lane, Edgware London Enquire &
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Enfield 2nd Floor Nicon House 45 Silver Street Enfield London Enquire &
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Greenwich Pitman Training Greenwich, 133 Creek Road, Greenwich, London, London Enquire &
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Hounslow Pitman Training Hounslow, 3rd Floor, B301- B302 The Vista Centre, 50 Salisbury Road, Hounslow London Enquire &
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Stratford Boardman House, 64 Broadway, Stratford, London London Enquire &
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Watford Pitman Training Watford, Regus Watford Croxley, 1st Floor Building 2, Croxley Business Park, Watford, London Enquire &
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Wembley Pitman Training Wembley, Hazel House, 1-3 Lancelot Road, Wembley London Enquire &
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City EC2
Pitman Training City EC2, Salisbury House, London Wall, EC2M 5QQ
Clapham
Pitman Training Clapham, 2nd Floor, Polygon House, 18-20 Bromells Road, London - Clapham, SW4 0BG
Croydon
Pitman Training Croydon, 2nd Floor, 19 Park Street, London - Croydon, CR0 1YD
Enfield
2nd Floor Nicon House 45 Silver Street Enfield EN1 3EF
Greenwich
Pitman Training Greenwich, 133 Creek Road, Greenwich, London, SE8 3BU
Hounslow
Pitman Training Hounslow, 3rd Floor, B301- B302 The Vista Centre, 50 Salisbury Road, Hounslow TW4 6JQ
Stratford
Boardman House, 64 Broadway, Stratford, London E15 1NT
Watford
Pitman Training Watford, Regus Watford Croxley, 1st Floor Building 2, Croxley Business Park, Watford, WD18 8YA
Wembley
Pitman Training Wembley, Hazel House, 1-3 Lancelot Road, Wembley HA0 2AJ
Bromley
Pitman Training Bromley, 1 Elmfield Park, Bromley BR1 1LU
Central and West
Pitman Training London Central and West, 3rd Floor, 4/4A Bloomsbury Way, Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2RP
Edgware
Pitman Training Edgware, Chartwell House, 292-294 Hale Lane, Edgware HA8 8NP

Midlands

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Birmingham Pitman Training Birmingham, Suite 16B Mclaren Building, Priory Queensway, Birmingham Midlands Enquire &
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Leicester Pitman Training Leicester, Suite 15, The Crescent, King Street, Leicester Midlands Enquire &
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Nottingham Pitman Training Nottingham, Suite 50-51 Westminster Building, Theatre Square, Nottingham Midlands Enquire &
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Worcester Pitman Training Worcester, 1st Floor Richardson House, 21-24 New Street, Worcester Midlands Enquire &
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Birmingham
Pitman Training Birmingham, Suite 16B Mclaren Building, Priory Queensway, Birmingham B4 7LR
Nottingham
Pitman Training Nottingham, Suite 50-51 Westminster Building, Theatre Square, Nottingham NG1 6LG
Worcester
Pitman Training Worcester, 1st Floor Richardson House, 21-24 New Street, Worcester WR1 2DP
Leicester
Pitman Training Leicester, Suite 15, The Crescent, King Street, Leicester LE1 6RX

North East

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Halifax Pitman Training Halifax, Office 3, The Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre, Hopwood Lane, Halifax North East Enquire &
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Leeds Pitman Training Leeds, Leeds Media Centre, 21 Saville Mount, Leeds, North East Enquire &
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Middlesbrough Pitman Training Middlesbrough, The Princess Alice, 69 Newport Road, Middlesbrough, North East Enquire &
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Newcastle Pitman Training Newcastle, 2nd Floor, 10-13 Saville Row, Newcastle North East Enquire &
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York Pitman Training York, 9a Davygate, York, North East Enquire &
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Leeds
Pitman Training Leeds, Leeds Media Centre, 21 Saville Mount, Leeds, LS7 3HZ
Newcastle
Pitman Training Newcastle, 2nd Floor, 10-13 Saville Row, Newcastle NE1 8JE
York
Pitman Training York, 9a Davygate, York, YO1 8QR
Middlesbrough
Pitman Training Middlesbrough, The Princess Alice, 69 Newport Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 1LA
Halifax
Pitman Training Halifax, Office 3, The Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre, Hopwood Lane, Halifax HX1 5ER

North West

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Crewe and Nantwich Pitman Training Crewe and Nantwich, 2nd Floor, Nantwich Court, Hospital Street, Nantwich North West Enquire &
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Liverpool Pitman Training Liverpool, Suite G01, Ground Floor, The Cotton Exchange Buildings, Bixteth Street, Liverpool, North West Enquire &
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Manchester Pitman Training Manchester, 2nd Floor, Richmond House, Bloom Street, Manchester, North West Enquire &
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Warrington Pitman Training Warrington, Mayfield House, 84 Sankey Street, Warrington, North West Enquire &
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Crewe and Nantwich
Pitman Training Crewe and Nantwich, 2nd Floor, Nantwich Court, Hospital Street, Nantwich CW5 5RH
Liverpool
Pitman Training Liverpool, Suite G01, Ground Floor, The Cotton Exchange Buildings, Bixteth Street, Liverpool, L3 9JR
Manchester
Pitman Training Manchester, 2nd Floor, Richmond House, Bloom Street, Manchester, M1 3HZ
Warrington
Pitman Training Warrington, Mayfield House, 84 Sankey Street, Warrington, WA1 1SG

Scotland

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Aberdeen Pitman Training Aberdeen, 469 Union Street, Aberdeen Scotland Enquire &
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Edinburgh Pitman Training Edinburgh, 4 Queen Street, First Floor, Buzzer 12, Edinburgh, Scotland Enquire &
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Glasgow Pitman Training Glasgow 1st Floor 82 Union Street Glasgow, Scotland Enquire &
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Inverness Ground Floor, Moray House, 16 Bank Street, Inverness, Scotland Enquire &
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Aberdeen
Pitman Training Aberdeen, 469 Union Street, Aberdeen AB11 6DB
Edinburgh
Pitman Training Edinburgh, 4 Queen Street, First Floor, Buzzer 12, Edinburgh, EH2 1JE
Glasgow
Pitman Training Glasgow 1st Floor 82 Union Street Glasgow, G1 2QS
Inverness
Ground Floor, Moray House, 16 Bank Street, Inverness, IV1 1QU

South East

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Brighton Pitman Training Brighton, The Dock Hub, Wilbury Villas, Hove, South East Enquire &
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Canterbury Pitman Training Canterbury, 1 Beer Cart Lane, Canterbury South East Enquire &
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Crawley Pitman Training Crawley, No. 3 Gleneagles Court, Brighton Road, Crawley South East Enquire &
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Dover Pitman Training Dover, Victoria House, 1 Maison Dieu Road, Dover South East Enquire &
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Guildford Pitman Training Guildford, Stamford House, Woodbridge Road, Guildford South East Enquire &
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Maidstone The Master's House, College Road, Maidstone South East Enquire &
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Milton Keynes Pitman Training Milton Keynes, 1 Radian Court, Davy Avenue, Knowlhill, Milton Keynes South East Enquire &
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Reading Pitman Training Reading, Bowman House, 2/10 Bridge Street, Reading South East Enquire &
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Southampton Pitman Training Southampton, The Gallery, 1st Floor, 31 Eastgate Street, Southampton South East Enquire &
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Southend Pitman Training Southend on Sea Cottis house, East Suite, 1st floor, Rochford, Southend South East Enquire &
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Brighton
Pitman Training Brighton, The Dock Hub, Wilbury Villas, Hove, BN3 6AH
Canterbury
Pitman Training Canterbury, 1 Beer Cart Lane, Canterbury CT1 2NY
Crawley
Pitman Training Crawley, No. 3 Gleneagles Court, Brighton Road, Crawley RH10 6AD
Dover
Pitman Training Dover, Victoria House, 1 Maison Dieu Road, Dover CT16 1RW
Guildford
Pitman Training Guildford, Stamford House, Woodbridge Road, Guildford GU1 4QD
Reading
Pitman Training Reading, Bowman House, 2/10 Bridge Street, Reading RG1 2LU
Southampton
Pitman Training Southampton, The Gallery, 1st Floor, 31 Eastgate Street, Southampton SO14 3HB
Milton Keynes
Pitman Training Milton Keynes, 1 Radian Court, Davy Avenue, Knowlhill, Milton Keynes MK5 8PJ
Maidstone
The Master's House, College Road, Maidstone ME15 6YF
Southend
Pitman Training Southend on Sea Cottis house, East Suite, 1st floor, Rochford, Southend SS4 1BB

South West

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Bournemouth and Poole Second Floor, Pearl Assurance House, 128 - 130 Old Christchurch Rd, South West Enquire &
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Bristol Pitman Training Bristol, Unit 9 Hide Market, Waterloo road, St Phillips, Bristol South West Enquire &
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Exeter Pitman Exeter, 27 Commercial Road, Exeter, Devon EX2 4AE, (By the quay) South West Enquire &
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Portsmouth Pitman Training Portsmouth Suite 102 Portsmouth Technopole North End Portsmouth South West Enquire &
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Taunton Pitman Training Taunton, 50 North Street, Taunton South West Enquire &
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Bristol
Pitman Training Bristol, Unit 9 Hide Market, Waterloo road, St Phillips, Bristol BS2 0PL
Taunton
Pitman Training Taunton, 50 North Street, Taunton TA1 1LX
Bournemouth and Poole
Second Floor, Pearl Assurance House, 128 - 130 Old Christchurch Rd, Bournemouth BH1 1NL
Exeter
Pitman Exeter, 27 Commercial Road, Exeter, Devon EX2 4AE, (By the quay) EX2 4AE
Portsmouth
Pitman Training Portsmouth Suite 102 Portsmouth Technopole North End Portsmouth PO2 8FA

Wales

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Cardiff Pitman Training Cardiff, 2nd Floor, 1-7 Castle Street, Cardiff Wales Enquire &
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Swansea Pitman Training Swansea, 6th Floor, Alexandra House, 1 Alexandra Road Swansea Wales Enquire &
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Cardiff
Pitman Training Cardiff, 2nd Floor, 1-7 Castle Street, Cardiff CF10 1BS
Swansea
Pitman Training Swansea, 6th Floor, Alexandra House, 1 Alexandra Road Swansea SA1 5ED

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