Offering NCFE qualifications

By choosing NCFE you'll:

  • have peace of mind knowing we currently work with over 2,000 Colleges, Private Training Providers and Schools
  • benefit from our fantastic service and speedy turnarounds
  • have access to loads of FREE resources!

Annual Approval Fee

We charge an Annual Approval Fee of £400 for schools and £800 for all other centres approved to offer our qualifications. This fee excludes centres offering our Investing In Quality Licence (IIQ) or Customised Award service only. This annual fee is charged on 1 September or is calculated on a pro rata basis from the date that a new centre gains approval to deliver our qualifications.

Please note that this is a single charge per centre, and is not affected by the number of learners or variety of NCFE qualifications delivered by a centre.

You can become an NCFE approved centre by following the steps below. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions regarding delivering our qualifications. You can call 0191 239 8000 or email [email protected].

This process is for UK based centres only, for Centres outside of the UK please consult our International page.


step 1: meet our approval criteria

The first step is to ensure that your centre meets the NCFE Approval Criteria. If you're already approved by another recognised UK Awarding Organisation, we probably won't need to carry out an approval visit. If you aren't already approved by another recognised UK Awarding Organisation, we'll need to carry out an approval visit to check you have the appropriate systems and procedures in place to meet the criteria. This applies if your centre approval application with another Awarding Organisation is in progress.

If you're unsure as to whether or not you're currently working with a recognised UK Awarding Organisation, please refer to the Register of Regulated Qualifications.

By completing the approval process you are agreeing to our Centre Agreement with NCFE. This Agreement makes sure that both of our organisations are working to safeguard the interests of our learners and lets you know what you need to do to support your qualification delivery and assessment.


step 2: choose your qualifications

Let us know which qualifications your centre wants to run. Use our Qualification Finder to add your selected qualifications to your online shortlist. On every qualification page, you will see a button which says 'Shortlist for Approval'.

Shortlist Button

Your shortlist will even tell you if one of the qualifications you've added is part of an approval group which means that if you're approved for that qualification, you'll automatically gain approval to run the others in that group!

You can add multiple qualifications to your Shortlist at the same time and request approval for them, all in one go!  Once you've added all the qualifications you'd like to request approval for, you're ready for step 3.


step 3: complete the online form

From your Shortlist, click 'Request Approval'. You'll then be directed to an online form which will ask you for the details we need. Once you've submitted this, we'll process your application within 3 working days! If you need an approval visit, one of our Approval Advisors will contact you within 5 working days to make arrangements for the approval visit.

Once you've heard back from us, that's it! You're ready to start registering your learners using the NCFE Portal. If you need any help using the Portal, please contact your Customer Support Assistant.


If you're already approved with NCFE and you're looking to offer more NCFE qualifications...

You only need to follow steps 2-3 and because you're already approved with us, we'll process your application and get back to you within 1 working day!