Starting a Training Centre

By Tom, posted
It can be a daunting prospect when you make the decision to set up your own training centre and it
is something we are often asked about at Train Aid. The process can vary slightly depending on your
subject specialism, but generally the process is very similar.

Types of courses

The first decision is whether you wish to deliver accredited or non-accredited courses.
Non-accredited courses are not regulated and the content and assessments are designed by you.
You can self-certify these courses, but they will not be nationally recognised.
Accredited courses are delivered through an awarding body with specific specifications and
guidance. The awarding body audits your learners work and issue nationally accredited certificates,
often regulated by Ofqual.

Joining an awarding body

The first step to providing nationally accredited qualifications in your subject specialism is to become
an approved centre with an Ofqual regulated awarding body.
There are many awarding bodies out there and it is advisable to investigate several that offer the
courses you would like to deliver, as they can vary significantly in costs and quality of service.
The awarding body will have an application process, where you will need to provide the credentials
for the tutors and assessors that will be delivering your courses. This will include subject specific
qualifications, along with relevant teaching and assessing certificates, depending on the individual’s

It is also likely you will require a qualified Internal Quality Assurer (IQA) to monitor and sign off
assessment decisions. If you do not have an IQA within your organisation, it is common to use a
freelance IQA when starting out.
Once approved, the awarding body will provide the course specifications with detailed information
on the content, delivery guidance and assessment requirements.

Accrediting your own content

You can apply to have your own non-accredited content accredited and certified by your awarding
body. This will involve submitting the content, resources and assessments for review. The size of the
course will determine the fee for this service.
Once approved, your course will then be certified through the awarding body. However, please note
this does not make it an Ofqual regulated qualification and this is a much more expensive process.

Working relationship

A good awarding body will support you through the application process to becoming a centre with
them and answer any queries you may have.
Your account manager should be readily available to answer questions relating to the courses you
are offering and help you develop your provision.

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