A new framework of qualifications for fundraisers is being proposed as part of five-year agenda to improve learning within the profession.
A consultation document published by the Institute of Fundraising this week says the Certificate in Fundraising Management, held by only 10 per cent of fundraisers, should be split into two separate qualifications.
The institute is proposing a post-graduate certificate and diploma for senior fundraisers and a two-level certificate in fundraising practice for junior fundraisers and new entrants.
The document says continuous professional development should become more systematic for fundraisers and recommends they keep a record of all training they have been given.
The institute has also promised to run a pilot mentoring scheme.
Paul Marvell, director of learning at the institute, said of the mentoring scheme: "People have been saying for years that this is what is needed. It is cheap and easy to implement."
The scheme could be developed to include professionals from the private sector, he added.
In the paper, the institute also pledges to run a campaign to get more fundraisers on trustee boards, which it says would help develop their skills.