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Become an accredited training organisation

What are the benefits to offering a certification from BCS?
What certifications are available?
How do I become an accredited training organisation?
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 course director and course tutor?
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 a secure website containing documents and information of relevance to all accredited training partners
  • Access to sample examination papers and answer rationales
  • The opportunity to help shape some of the qualifications through participation in their development and operation
  • Entry on our website as an accredited training organisation or accredited courseware 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 including ITIL®
  • Business Analysis
  • Software Testing
  • Agile
  • Solution Development and Architecture
  • Information Security (including CESG)
  • Project and Programme Management (including PRINCE2®)
  • Software Asset Management
  • Consultancy
  • Green IT
  • Data Centre Management

Further information on our certifications


How do I become an accredited training organisation?

The accreditation process is explained is detail in the Rules and Regulations Guidelines available on request or you can contact us and an Account Manager will either call or visit you to explain in more detail. There are two steps:

  • Stage 1 consists of you completing a form which provides us with information about your organisation
  • Stage 2 requires you to submit all of the course materials and application forms for your course director and course tutor(s).

 
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. For learning technologies, other than class-room based, an additional set of learning technology assessment standards are available upon request from us.

 
What aspects are BCS looking for when reviewing an application?

  • Are all the topics as defined in the relevant syllabus covered and at an appropriate level?
  • Do the session plans describe what the tutor 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 for the following areas:

  • 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 accredited course material from one of our existing accredited training organisations. If you are interested in this option we can put you in touch with a number of them. 

 
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 course director and course tutor?

Yes, one person can fulfil multiple roles.

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

Yes, and usually they have to pass the certificate with a higher pass rate. This will be 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 Rules and Regulations Guidelines 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 Rules and Regulations Guidelines available on request.