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Become Approved

In order to offer your learners nationally accredited qualifications through Active IQ, your organisation needs to become approved.

For a step-by-step guide through our straightforward approval process, please view Staff Requirements below.

To enquire about becoming an approved centre, please contact our Approvals Team here who will be able to explain our requirements and provide the documentation you need to apply.

For existing Active IQ approved centres

If you are already an approved centre with Active IQ and are looking to add more qualifications to your provision, please click here to visit our Additional Approval for Existing Centres page for details of how to apply.

  • To enquire about becoming an approved Active IQ centre, please contact Active IQ’s Approvals Team here / 01480 467950. They will explain the approval requirements and provide you with the appropriate application documentation. Alternatively, if you would like to discuss Active IQ’s qualifications, products and services, please contact a member of our Business Development Team here
  • When you’re ready to apply, please complete the approval application form and email it to Active IQ’s Approvals Team for review
  • On receipt of your application, your centre will be allocated an external verifier who will conduct an approval meeting* with you. At this meeting you will be required to present certain documents for review. Please view our Ready For Your Visit section below for a list of required documentation
  • Once the meeting has taken place, the external verifier will either grant centre approval or they will identify actions that are required prior to approval confirmation
  • Once formal Active IQ approval is granted, you will receive confirmation via email with your centre’s approval certificate attached, along with further documents and links to assist you as a newly approved centre
  • Upon confirmation of approval, your centre will be allocated with:

– A dedicated customer service advisor who will be able to assist you with registration, certification and examination queries.
– An account manager to provide you with important Active IQ updates and offer advice regarding your provision.
– An external verifier who will be your point of contact with regards to delivery, assessment and internal verification.

* Where a centre is approved with another awarding organisation and is able to provide evidence of this approval, Active IQ will be able to offer desk-based approval (i.e. approval without the need for an approval meeting) and a reduced approval fee will be charged (as published in our fees list).

Requirements for Tutors

Tutors should hold, or be working towards, a teaching qualification. The following examples are acceptable, although Active IQ will consider other teaching qualifications on request:

  • Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS).
  • Certificate in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (CTLLS).
  • Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS).
  • Certificate of Education.
  • PGCE.
  • Award in Education and Training.
  • Certificate in Education and Training.

Tutors must also hold a relevant qualification alongside relevant industry experience to demonstrate they have the appropriate knowledge, understanding and competence in the qualification they wish to teach.

Please check the individual Qualification Guidance document for specific staff requirements for each qualification you are interested in offering. You will find the Qualification Guidance on the relevant qualifications page.

Requirements for Assessors

Assessors should hold, or be working towards*, a recognised assessing qualification. The following examples are acceptable, although Active IQ will consider other assessor qualifications on request:

  • D32/33 qualification.
  • A1 qualification.
  • Active IQ Level 3 Award in Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment or equivalent.
  • Active IQ Level 3 Award in Assessing Vocationally Related Achievement or equivalent.
  • Active IQ Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment or equivalent.
  • Active IQ Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement or equivalent.

If assessors wish to assess work-based competency qualifications, then they must hold, or be working towards*, one of the following qualifications:

  • D32/D33 qualification.
  • A1 qualification.
  • Active IQ Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment or equivalent.
  • Active IQ Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement or equivalent.

Assessors must also hold a relevant qualification alongside relevant industry experience to demonstrate they have the appropriate knowledge, understanding and competence in the qualification(s) they wish to assess.

Please check the individual Qualification Guidance document for specific staff requirements for each qualification you are interested in offering. You will find the Qualification Guidance on the relevant qualifications page.

*Trainee assessors must be given a clear action plan for achieving the appropriate qualification(s) and their decisions should be countersigned by a suitably qualified individual until the qualification(s) are achieved.

Requirements for Internal Verifiers

Internal verifiers should hold, or be working towards*, a recognised internal verifier qualification. The following examples are acceptable, although Active IQ will consider other internal verifier qualifications on request:

  • Level 4 Award in Understanding the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice.
  • Level 4 Award in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice.
  • Level 4 Certificate in Leading the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice.
  • V1 (previously D34).

If internal verifiers wish to assess work-based competency qualifications, then they must hold, or be working towards*, one of the following qualifications:

  • Level 4 Award in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice.
  • Level 4 Certificate in Leading the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice.
  • V1 (previously D34).

Internal verifiers must also hold a relevant qualification alongside relevant industry experience to demonstrate they have the appropriate knowledge, understanding and competence in the qualification(s) they wish to internally verify.

Please check the individual Qualification Guidance document for specific staff requirements for each qualification you are interested in offering. You will find the Qualification Guidance on the relevant qualifications page.

* Trainee internal verifiers must be given a clear action plan for achieving the appropriate qualification(s) and their decisions should be countersigned by a suitably qualified individual until the qualification(s) are achieved.

Important Notes

  • It is not best practice for the internal verifier to provide the internal verification for aspects of course delivery that s/he has tutored
  • It is not permitted for the internal verifier to provide the internal quality assurance of his/her own assessment.

In support of your application to become an approved centre with Active IQ and in order to demonstrate that your centre is able to provide a positive learning experience, you will be required to present the following documentation:

  • Copies of CVs and relevant industry certificates for the staff members who will be involved with delivery, assessment and internal verification of Active IQ qualifications
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Learner Appeals Policy
  • Complaints Policy
  • Documented arrangements for preventing/dealing with malpractice and maladministration.
  • Staffing structure, detailing roles and responsibilities of the whole team
  • Staff induction and CPD arrangements
  • Guidelines for dealing with subcontracted services
  • Process for confirming the identity of all learners
  • Learner induction process
  • Communication system for all staff and learners.

To assist you with creating the above, exemplar policy templates can be downloaded by clicking through to our Policies and Procedures page here.