Georgie Shaw Head of Compliance
March 2019

When you set up as a new RLSS UK Approved Training Centre/Provider (ATC/P) you embark on an exciting experience. The qualification you have been approved to deliver carries a mark of quality that is recognised not only in the UK but Worldwide.

Why is it important and whose mark of quality?

IQL UK qualifications are regulated by a non-ministerial government department having jurisdiction in England and was set up under the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009 and covered by the Education Act 2011. OFQUAL are responsible for all regulated qualifications in England and maintain standards and confidence in qualifications and report directly to Parliament.

In the past decade education within the UK has experienced a slow but steady shift towards devolution and this has also affected the way that qualifications within the UK are devised and regulated. As a result, more recently Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland have also amended their frameworks and content to establish unique systems within their own demographics. IQL UK regulated qualifications sit across four regulatory bodies; OFQUAL, Qualifications Wales, CCEA (Northern Ireland) and SQA (Scotland). Each of these authorities are in the initial stages of setting up their own systems.

Benefits of being part of a regulated framework

  • Qualifications can be considered for public funding
  • Provides confidence to qualification users that IQL UK have capacity and competence to develop high quality qualifications
  • OFQUAL is an internationally recognised quality mark
  • Qualifications are regulated internationally (not just England)
  • Listed on the Register of regulated qualifications which is an important tool for anyone wishing to find a suitable qualification
  • Ability to expand and develop larger awards including T Levels, Apprenticeships, end point assessment, trailblazer

Finally, the benefit to you is that you have been approved and considered highly competent to deliver our qualifications so this is a mark of excellence to your own organisation.

How do I remain in this position of excellence?

IQL UK have put in place guidelines to help ATC/Ps in developing and maintaining systems that will demonstrate that they continue to meet this mark of quality. They have in place a team of highly experienced Auditors who visit centres providing advice and guidance on the standards and how to maintain these. As an ATC/P you will receive either a face to face visit or be asked to submit documentation to our Head Office for review. This is a process we are required to undertake to ensure that you and we meet the requirements of our Regulators. To remain in a position of excellence you need to follow the guidance that we provide and promote high-quality teaching and learning environments for your candidates as well as internal procedures and systems. 

What if you find me not compliant?

Being non-compliant does not mean that you have failed. There may be a few areas that do not quite meet the requirements of our regulators and our team will support you to develop your practice and provision to bring you back to compliant status. However, IQL UK are bound by certain regulations and we have to ensure ATC/Ps meet these requirements. Here are a few examples of where you may not be meeting the standards:

  • Failure to keep proper records of training and assessment activities
  • Breaching the independence rule
  • Failing to follow prescribed criteria in guidance materials
  • Forging documentation
  • Failing to submit paperwork when requested
  • Failing to meeting financial obligations 

We are there to support you so please do contact us if you have any queries or would like to learn more about the rules around delivering and awarding our regulated qualifications.

We value your feedback so if there are any areas you would want further clarification, or have suggestions of how we might improve our service further, please get in contact with our team at [email protected]