Dear Mick, Sorry, I did not intend to ignore you: I thought I had already addressed the question. It is not a qualification because it doesn't actually qualify you to do anything. A qualification, surely, must be something that distinguishes you from someone who is not allowed to do something because they are not qualified. Thus I can teach in a state school because I am a qualified teacher; I can drive a car or ride a motorcycle because I am a qualified driver. If the latter seems a little odd, consider the use of the word "disqualified" when someone loses their licence. Likewise, my LL.B. is a qualification in the sense that without it, I could not become a pupil barrister (I think you have to have a degree nowadays, though I'm not sure). For that matter my science A levels are a qualification exempting me from some other university entrance requirements. But an RPS distinction is not a qualification for anything. A photographer with or without an RPS distinction is still a photographer, and we have all encountered some photographers without an RPS distinction who are better than some photographers with an RPS distinction. And, of course, considerably more often, vice versa. An RPS distinction is indeed an indication of a certain level of skill and knowledge, but that is not the same thing as a qualification. Cheers, R.