PD:Approval will be on hand to support you to maintain the quality of your delivery throughout each annual accreditation period.

After your Interim Approval has been confirmed, your allocated External Quality Assurer (EQA) will get in touch to introduce themselves and organise to visit when your first assessment is taking place. The visit will focus on the practical skills of the team as well as the assessments/assessment portfolio and internal quality assurance; you will receive full guidance before the visit. The EQA can also deliver tutor, assessor or internal quality assurance training for those who require it (fees apply). This is not in place of formal qualifications for these roles but can be used as a refresher or may be an action from the quality assurance report.

The cost of the EQA visit is included in your accreditation fee, however you will be required to pay towards their expenses, eg travel, accommodation, and will be invoiced £1000 (approximately 4,700 AED).

If training is required, either by your request or as a result of the EQA’s report, a further fee of £350 (approximately 1,600 AED) will be charged for each training day, with a limit of 10 learners per day.

If the training is by your request, then this must be arranged before the EQA visit to ensure that full payment is received beforehand, all the people taking part are available, and that it can take place during the time the EQA is in the UAE.

If training needs are identified on the EQA’s visit, this will be actioned in the EQA report for training to take place at the next available training day. We will advise you of dates when our EQAs will be in the UAE again.

Once you have achieved Full Approval, your EQA will be available to contact during the remainder of your accreditation year and may also conduct a remote desk-based review of your training during that time.

Grade Characteristics: Outcomes for Learners

Your EQA will review and evaluate the overall effectiveness of the qualification, including the quality and effectiveness of teaching, learning and assessment and align their judgement and grading to the UK’s Ofsted grading characteristics*

EQAs will evaluate the evidence seen using the following grading scale:


Full details of our Sanctions Policy can be found here.

Please note that if your quality status is Unsatisfactory or Requires Improvement, an additional fee of £380 will be payable for the additional support. If a visit is required, expenses will also be incurred. Additionally, there may be the cost of any training that your EQA has specified.

Areas that we quality assure:

  • Delivery of training – an observed visit against robust criteria
  • Assessment – an observation of learners undertaking the practical assessment
  • Systems and processes – desk based and observational
  • Certification - your process for providing the official certificates to your learners.

If you have any questions about quality assurance before being approved please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. However, if you have already been approved please contact your EQA.

*Ofsted, Handbook for the inspection of further education and skills, January 2015.

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