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

After your Approval has been confirmed, your allocated External Quality Assurer (EQA) will get in touch to introduce themselves and organise to visit when an 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 cost of the EQA visit is included in your accreditation fee, and the renewal fee going forwards.

Grade Characteristics: Outcomes for Learners

Your EQA will review and evaluate the overall effectiveness of your accredited 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+VAT will be payable for the additional support. If a visit is required, expenses will also be incurred.

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.

* Due to current COVID restrictions, the EQA process may be via desk-based/virtual review

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

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