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National Insurance Manual

Credits: pre-1975 credits: approved training

Regulation 10, National Insurance (Contributions) Regulations 1969 (SI No 1696)

Class 1, 2 or 3 credits could be awarded for periods of full time education, approved training or apprenticeship if the insured person was excepted from liability to pay a contribution. The rules were different depending on the age of the student or trainee. The class of credit awarded depended on whether the trainee was normally employed, self-employed or non-employed.

Married women with a valid married woman’s non-paying or reduced rate election can not be awarded credits for approved training.

Under 18 years of age

Fulltime students, unpaid apprentices and people on approved training who were under 18 years old were awarded Class 1 credits.

Disabled students

Students at schools for the disabled could receive approved training credits up to age 21 years.

18 years of age and over

Students and trainees aged 18 years and over, could be awarded credits if:

  • The training was not intended to last for more than one year, or the training was provided under the Disabled Persons (Employment) Act 1944, in which case the permitted course length was at the Secretary of State’s discretion, and
  • The trainee normally needed to have paid or been credited with 104 credits as an employed or self-employed person in respect of the previous three years, disregarding any period of national service, and
  • Without the training, the person would become or remain unemployed.