Croupiers run the games in casinos and make sure the games take place in a fair and friendly manner.
Salary range: £14,000 to £25,000
How to become a croupier
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- applying directly
- a specialist course run by a private training provider
You could do a Level 2 Diploma in Gambling Operations. This can teach you some of the skills and knowledge you need for this job.
You’ll usually need:
- 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
You can apply to a casino company for a job as a trainee croupier, where you’ll receive on-the-job training.
There are no formal requirements, but it will help if you have at least 3 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including English and maths. Experience in customer service and handling money will also be useful.
At your interview you may have to pass a maths test to check that you can do mental calculations, along with a test of your manual dexterity.
When you finish your training your employer will apply for your licence.
You may also be able to complete a Level 2 (NVQ) Diploma in Gambling Operations while working.
If you search online you can find private training providers who offer croupier training courses. Be sure to do your research to make sure the training is right for you.
You can find out more about becoming a croupier from the Hospitality Guild.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- the ability to work well with others
- customer service skills
- to enjoy working with other people
- maths knowledge
- excellent verbal communication skills
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Restrictions and requirements
You’ll need to:
- be over 18 years of age
- pass background checks
You’ll need to hold a personal functional licence (PFL) from the Gambling Commission.
What you’ll do
Your day-to-day duties might include:
- setting up the betting table before a game begins
- welcoming new players to the table
- checking that all chips are placed on the table before the start of play
- collecting chips from losing bets
- making mental calculations of payouts to winners
You could work at a casino.
You may need to wear a uniform.
Career path and progression
With experience you could progress to inspector or pit boss, and then on to manager.
You could also work on a cruise ship or overseas.