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Become an Accredited Provider

What are the benefits to offering a certification from BCS?
What certifications are available?
How do I become an Accredited Provider?
What format do the courses need to be in?
What aspects are BCS looking for when reviewing an application?
Do I have to write my own course materials?
Do I have to deliver the training for a minimum number of learning hours?
Do I have to cover the entire syllabus in my training course?
Can I get hold of sample papers?
Can one person fulfil the role of main contact and course trainer?
Does the course tutor need to hold the relevant certificate that they are delivering?
Do I need to source the invigilator for the examination sessions?
When are examination results released?
Can I use a broker / reseller to sell my courses?
Can I deliver the courses in other countries using an Affiliate?


What are the benefits to offering a certification from BCS?

  • International recognition of your quality approach to learning programmes
  • Access to advice from subject matter experts with extensive knowledge of the relevant sectors and education through reviews and audits
  • Information and advice on statutory amendments through regular channels of communication
  • Access to sample examination papers and answer rationales
  • The opportunity to help shape some of the certifications through participation in their development and operation
  • Entry on our website as an Accredited Provider
  • Use of our logos and branding
  • Referred promotion of the organisation’s learning services through our marketing activities


What certifications are available?

Our portfolio spans the breadth of IT and offers a range of levels for every subject area. This enables you to develop a complete training portfolio which appeals to IT professionals at every stage of their career.

Subject areas include:

  • IT Service Management
  • Business Analysis
  • Software Testing
  • Agile
  • Solution Development and Architecture
  • Information Security (including CESG)
  • Project and Programme Management
  • Software Asset Management
  • Consultancy
  • Data Centre Management

Further information on our certifications


How do I become an Accredited Provider?

The accreditation process is explained in detail in the Accreditation Requirements Manual available on request or you can contact us and an Account Manager will either call or visit you to explain in more detail.

  • You will need to complete a form which provides us with information about your organisation
  • For accreditation of ISTQB certifications and Professional level Business Analysis certifications there is also a second stage which requires you to submit all of the course materials and applications for your course trainers.

 
What format do the courses need to be in?

Course materials may be developed as instructor led, classroom based or as e-learning packages or any other types of blended learning that you feel appropriate. The requirements for accreditation may vary dependant on the learning solutions offered.

 
What aspects are BCS looking for when reviewing or auditing a provider or course?

  • Are all the topics as defined in the relevant syllabus covered and at an appropriate level?
  • Do the session plans describe what the trainer should cover, the time to spend on topics, which aspects to emphasise, optional ways to tackle specific topics, when and how to run the practical exercises?
  • Is the material of a good standard, i.e. slides legible, accurate information?
  • Are all required trademark and copyright acknowledgements made?
  • Are there sufficient exercises at an appropriate level to provide a good balance between theory and practice?

You will need to have policies and procedures in place, including:

  • Dealing with candidate appeals and complaints
  • Dealing with candidates requiring Reasonable Adjustments
  • Dealing with extra time requests for candidates whose first language is not English
  • Health and Safety
  • Data Protection and Freedom of Information
  • Data Retention and Storage
  • Equal Opportunities

 
Do I have to write my own course materials?

No. You can choose to licence course material from one of our existing Accredited Providers. If you are interested in this option you can find a list on our website. 

 
Do I have to deliver the training for a minimum number of learning hours?

Yes, the relevant syllabus contains the minimum level of learning hours.

 
Do I have to cover the entire syllabus in my training course?

Yes, but you can add other elements to your course which are not covered in the examination. Candidates must be informed if areas are out of scope of the relevant syllabus.

 
Can I get hold of sample papers?

Yes, sample papers are available free of charge once you have applied for accreditation.

 
Can one person fulfil the role of main contact and course trainer?

Yes, one person can fulfil multiple roles.

 
Does the course trainer need to hold the relevant certificate that they are delivering?

Yes. This is detailed in the relevant syllabus.

Do I need to source the invigilator for the examination sessions?

Yes, it is your responsibility to source the invigilator but contact us if you are having issues with finding one.


When are examination results released?

Multiple choice and oral examination results are usually sent within 3 weeks of the examination date. Written examination results can take up to 8 weeks.

 
Can I use a broker / reseller to sell my courses?

Yes, but they are subject to strict criteria set out in the Accreditation Requirements Manual available on request.

 
Can I deliver the courses in other countries using an Affiliate?

Yes, an Affiliate is a training organisation that enters into a commercial arrangements with you to work in different regions to yourselves. More details can be found in the Accreditation Requirements Manual available on request.