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Customer Services - Level 7

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Certificate in Customer Service Management Level 7

Study online with CPD Courses, for the opportunity to boost your CV with an endorsed Certificate in Customer Service Management (Level 7).  Build the skills, knowledge and confidence needed to excel in any customer service setting, with this exclusive self-paced Customer Service Level 7 program.

Increasingly, customer service is playing a role in the purchase decisions made by consumers worldwide.  Research has shown that where customer service standards are higher, people are often willing to pay more for the same products and services.  Successful selling is as much about the guest experience as it is the quality and value for money of the products being purchased.  Statistically speaking, businesses that invest heavily in effective customer excellence programs are exponentially more likely to succeed.  With competition at an all-time high across all sectors, there’s never been a more important time to prioritise customer satisfaction.  Precisely why demand for talented customer service personnel is likewise at an all-time high, creating incredible job opportunities for those who excel in quality customer service.

This exclusive Level 7 Certificate in Customer Service Management is ideal for anyone looking to reach the very top of the ladder in a customer service setting. Whether considering a career change or looking to build on your existing experience, your success story starts today.  Our most advanced Customer Service Management Course takes place over a series of 20 in-depth modules, covering such topics as empowerment and ownership, communication skills, complaint handling, conflict resolution, workforce training and development, customer relationship management and how to implement a service excellence strategy.

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Course Syllabus

Level 7 Certificate in Customer Service Management - Course Outline

This flexible online customer service management program is delivered over a series of 20 modules, as outlined in brief below:

Module 1 - Customer Service: An Introduction

The course begins by providing candidates with a broad introduction to the concept of customer service, covering the benefits of quality customer care and the consequences of a poor customer experience. The most important elements of effective customer service are detailed and discussed, along with service quality and customer service classifications.

Module 2 - Understanding Your Customers

Learners then consider the importance of accurately identifying customer expectations ahead of time, along with the criticality of ensuring these expectations are met or exceeded.  Strategies and methods for identifying the needs of a target audience are also presented, along with the concept of ‘triggers’ and the benefits of understanding customer behaviours.

Module 3 - The Customer Focused Organization

An introduction to the concept of the customer focused organisation follows, which outlines the main benefits of a customer focused service strategy.  Additional topics covered include leadership styles, coaching and development, performance management, criteria for rewards and how to develop an appropriate recognition scheme.

Module 4 - Creating Customer Service Strategy

Customer service strategy development is then discussed, in which candidates are familiarised with the main components of an effective customer service strategy.  Further pointers for establishing a customer-focused culture are provided, along with top management involvement in strategy development and the role of leadership personnel.

Module 5 - Implementing a Service Excellence Strategy

Candidates then learn how to effectively and efficiently implement a service excellence strategy.  The importance of striving for continuous improvement is discussed, along with how to market a service strategy to a target audience in an appropriate way and the benefits of establishing a steering group.

Module 6 - Advance Training & Development for Effective Customer Service

The sixth module assesses the importance of appropriate training and development in customer service, along with the benefits of training and development as a continuous process.  Candidates learn how to identify training and development objectives, and subsequently select the most appropriate training and development methods.

Module 7 - Building Better Teams

The advantages of cohesive and high performing teams from a customer service perspective are then brought into discussion.  Along with a detailed breakdown of the stages of team development, candidates are provided with essential guidelines for effectively evaluating and managing team performance.

Module 8 - Concept of Empowerment & Ownership

Empowerment and ownership as key drivers of quality customer service are examined in Module Eight, in which candidates learn how valued employees are more likely to value their customers.  Several long-standing empowerment myths are also discussed, along with the importance of proactively empowering employees and developing discretionary awards.

Module 9 - Effective Communication

The importance of effective communication in a customer service setting is analysed in Module Nine, which guides candidates through the process of creating a communication strategy.  Learners also consider the importance of communicating service quality to the internal customer, alongside tips and guidelines for more effective internal and external communications.

Module 10 - Active Listening

The most important differences between hearing and active listening are examined in Module 10, in which candidates learn how communication goes far beyond basic verbal discourse.  The potential benefits of active listening are discussed, along with tips for developing more advanced listening skills and a detailed analysis of the human communication process.

Module 11 - Building Strong Relationships with Customers

Customer loyalty as a key performance driver in all sectors is then discussed, along with how appropriate incentives and loyalty schemes can help establish and maintain strong customer relationships.  The potential benefits of retaining customers over attracting new customers are also discussed.

Module 12 - CRM (Customer Relationship Management)

The concept of customer relationship management (CRM) is discussed at length in Module 12, which considers the functions, objectives and limitations of a CRM strategy.  The primary stages of the CRM value chain are discussed, alongside advanced strategies for customer retention and potential privacy issues that can complicate CRM strategy development.

Module 13 - The Right Way to Manage Unprofitable Customers

Dealing with unprofitable customers in an appropriate and professional manner is discussed in Module 13, in which candidates learn how to distinguish between profitable and unprofitable customers.  Strategies and techniques for changing unprofitable customers into profitable customers are also presented and discussed,

Module 14 - Handling Complaints

Complaint handling in a customer service setting follows in Module 14, familiarising candidates with the different types of complainers and the reasons why people complain. The benefits of approaching complaints proactively and objectively are discussed, along with activities for resolving problems more efficiently and improving quality.

Module 15 - Conflict Resolution

Workplace conflict and the importance of confident conflict resolution skills are discussed in Module 15, which provides helpful guidelines for preventing conflict from occurring in the first place.  The different types of conflicts and common causes of conflict are also discussed, along with the stages of conflict and the role of communication in conflict management.

Module 16 - Anger Management

An overview of the basics of anger management follows in Module 16, in which learners are introduced to a series of relaxation techniques and anger management strategies.  Questioning skills as an anger management tool are discussed, along with effective ways of managing anger before allowing it to escalate.

Module 17 - Stress Management

Learners then consider how building a more in-depth understanding of stress often holds the key to effective stress management. Links between time management and stress management are drawn and discussed, alongside several tried and trusted strategies for bringing stress under control in a high-pressure working environment.

Module 18 - Time Management

A more detailed exploration of time management and the benefits of effective time management follows in Module 18.  Candidates learn how strategic task prioritisation and establishing a routine can improve personal efficiency - as can setting personal and professional goals using the ‘SPIRIT’ model.

Module 19 - Telemarketing

The advantages and disadvantages of telemarketing are then discussed, along with how telephone sales call for an entirely different approach to in-personal selling. The importance of active listening skills is touched upon once again, along with guidelines for developing a telesales script and the importance of appropriate pre-call planning.

Module 20 - Importance of Feedback in Customer Service

Concluding the course, Module 20 assesses how customer feedback collection and analysis policies can make or break a customer excellence strategy.  The importance of continuously monitoring complaints and complements is discussed, along with the characteristics of an effective questionnaire and how to accurately measure customer loyalty.

Career Path

Customer service plays a major role at the heart of almost every business worldwide. If it’s a company that works directly or indirectly with customers, talented customer service personnel are needed.  The market for jobs in a customer service setting is as enormous as it is diverse.  Typical job titles in the field include Customer Care Operator, Customer Care Representative, Customer Liaison Officer, Customer Relationship Specialist, Customer Service Agent, Customer Service Ambassador, Retail Associate and many more besides.  All with attractive salaries and limitless scope for advancement.

Who Shoud Take This Course
  • Newcomers considering a career change
  • Customer service personnel pursuing promotion
  • Business owners, managers and team leaders
  • Entrepreneurs considering new business establishment
  • Anyone who works in a customer service setting
  • Jobseekers working on their CVs and employment prospects
Accreditation

This course has been accredited under ABC Awards Quality Licence Scheme by Brentwood Open Learning College Limited which has been approved as ABC Awards QLS centre to give formal recognition to courses. At the end of this course successful learners will be awarded a certificate of achievement by ABC Awards. The training courses have been designed specifically to meet the needs of learners who prefer to study from home. The course measurable learning outcomes have been benchmarked at Level 7 (using Ofqual's Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) level descriptors) to allow you to consider the depth of study, difficulty, and level of achievement involved.

What is ABC Awards?

ABC Awards is a national awarding organisation that has years of experience in developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. They have a comprehensive portfolio of over 650 Ofqual regulated qualifications on the national Qualifications and Credit framework (QCF) for all ages and abilities post-14.

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Overview

Level Level 7
Duration 400 Hours
Endorsement Body ABC Awards

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