For new customers
Step 1 - 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.
It is important that you familiarise yourself with the Centre Agreement before you apply to become an approved centre. It sets out our respective rights and responsibilities and outlines how we will work together.
Step 2 - 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’. 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 others in that group!
Step 3 - From your shortlist at the top of the screen, 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 1 working days!
If you need an approval visit, one of our Approval Advisors will contact you within 3 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.
The NCFE Portal is a secure area of the NCFE website, which allows centres to register learners, enter learners for external assessment and view learner information 24 hours a day. It’s designed to make tracking your centre’s approvals and learners’ progress much more simple.
If you’re already approved with NCFE and you’re looking to offer more NCFE qualifications…
You only need to follow steps 2 and 3 and because you’re already approved with us, we’ll process your application and get back to you within 1 working days!