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Regulated Qualifications

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Regulated Qualifications

learndirect work with a number of leading Ofgual regulated Awarding Organisations. Many of our qualifications are Regulated Qualifications issued by the leading Awarding Organisations nationally.

The certificate successful learners receive on completion of a Regulated Qualification will contain the logo of the Awarding Organisation, and the relevant UK Regulator (Ofqual) along with the full qualification title and qualification number.

A Regulated Qualification is often fundable through things like Advanced Learner Loans.

Regulated Qualifications are regarded of higher value to Certificates of Achievement, as the certificate for a Regulated Qualification demonstrates that the learner has attained a qualification approved by both a UK Regulator and recognised Awarding Organisation.

Some of the Awarding Organisations we work with are:


The Association of Business Executives was established in 1973 and is the Pioneer in Global Business Education.

ABE is recognised by the UK government’s official qualifications regulatory authority for England, Ofqual. It is a not-for-profit organisation which provides internationally recognised qualifications and a worldwide professional association for business executives. It was founded with a clear social purpose to improve business education for aspiring entrepreneurs in developing countries. This mission required courage, resilience, and the determination to make a difference - all of which have become defining features of the ABE Way.

Today, 1.5 million people have mastered essential and advanced modern business concepts through studying for an ABE qualification, and ABE continues to play a vital role in helping to diversify and grow economies, reducing inequality within and among countries.

ABE learners develop the skills and initiative needed to succeed in a global workplace where traditional structures of commerce and value creation are being changed or bypassed completely. ABE graduates are socially engaged, ethical and responsible citizens. In this respect, the impact 


BIIAB, the British Institute of Innkeeping Awarding Body, is a government approved awarding body that has been raising standards in licenced retail since its formation in 1981. BIIAB are the premier awarding body for licenced retail in the UK and is owned by the registered charity BII. BIIAB offers a range of level 1-6 awards that cover the requirements of the licenced retail industry. They are perpetually developing their qualifications to reflect demands of society, Police, Government and licenced retailers.


CACHE is the UK's only specialist awarding organisation for the children and adult care sectors, with a portfolio of qualifications ranging from Entry to Level 5. Last year, over 150,000 learners registered with CACHE from over 1000 UK based Centres and overseas.

CACHE is an internationally recognised, specialist Awarding Organisation in the fields of Early Years, Care and Education, and Playwork. An Awarding Organisation is officially recognised and designated by the regulatory authorities to award qualifications in particular subject areas.

CACHE designs courses and qualifications in the care and education of children and young people. CACHE are the UK's only specialist Awarding Organisation to do this. CACHE's courses range from entry level to advanced qualifications for sector professionals.

CACHE continue to develop the most up to date and relevant qualifications for the new QCF and work closely with Sector Skills Councils to ensure the highest level of quality and a cutting-edge service to their customers, our learners, and the sector.

Please click here to visit the CACHE website.


Focus Awards is regulated by Ofqual, who are the regulator of qualifications (other than degrees), exams and assessments in England, and of vocational qualifications.

Focus Awards draws on more than 80 years’ combined experience and expertise delivered by its founders. They come from a diversity of backgrounds, including the health and fitness sector, social services, academia, commerce and industry, and the Armed Forces. Focus develop industry led qualifications in a wide range of sectors.


iCQ is an Ofqual accredited Awarding Organisation who also provide a funding data management system and a learner management system (including learner ePortfolio and eLearning hosting). The iCQ directors have many years' experience in developing learner management solutions and Awarding Organisation services. Our associates - quality advisors, qualification developers and customer support team - all have occupational sector and role-specific experience.


ILM courses are valued by employers as they are awarded by the widely recognised and respected Institute of Leadership and Management. An ILM qualification immediately demonstrates that you have both the knowledge and practical skills to excel as a leader or manager, it can also give you the confidence to take your career onto another level.
ILM is the European leader of leadership and management qualifications, they provide qualifications that can really give you the edge and help you progress in business and management.


Innovate Awarding

Innovate Awarding is an Ofqual regulated awarding organisation with an innovative and dynamic approach. They develop off-the-shelf, customised and fully bespoke qualifications across a growing number of sectors – all on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF). 


NCFE is a national Awarding Organisation, passionate about designing, developing and certificating diverse, nationally recognised qualifications and awards. These qualifications contribute to the success of millions of learners at all levels, bringing them closer to fulfilling their personal goals. Last year alone, over 340,000 learners from over 2,000 colleges, schools and training organisations chose NCFE as the Awarding Organisation to help them move their careers forward.

NCFE is a registered educational charity and has a strong heritage in learning, going back over 150 years. With a buzz that sets it apart, NCFE is proud to be recognised for its exceptional customer service and friendly approach. We're a values based company and our values are at the heart of everything we do.

NCFE’s extensive product catalogue includes a wide range of general and vocationally related qualifications in a variety of subject areas, as well as Competence Based qualifications/NVQs, and Functional Skills qualifications.

NCFE is recognised as an Awarding Organisation by the qualification regulators ('regulators') for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The regulators are the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) in England, the Welsh Government in Wales and the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA Regulation) in Northern Ireland.



The National Examining Board for Dental Nurses (NEBDN) have been examining and awarding dental nursing qualifications for over 75 years. They are commonly acknowledged as the UK's finest qualification provider for dental nurses.

Open Awards

Open Awards

Open Awards are a UK-based Awarding Organisation approved by both Ofqual and as an Access Validating Agency by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). They provide a broad range of qualifications from Functional Skills, Vocational Training, Access to Higher Education Diplomas. They are committed to helping provide the highest quality learning experience to help transform lives.

Open College Network West Midlands

Open College Network West Midlands are a national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and Qualifications Wales, to develop and award nationally recognised qualifications.

Open College Network West Midlands work in partnership with employers, training providers, colleges, universities, schools and voluntary and community organisations to offer vocational credit-based qualifications, Access to Higher Education Diplomas and quality assured Customised Accreditation that enables learners gain employment or to progress into further learning and Higher Education. They also Quality Endorse organisations internal training and skills delivery.


Established in 2013, Training Qualifications UK are one of the most forward-thinking and agile Awarding Organisations in the UK. They work closely with both employers and providers to ensure learners receive qualifications that have impact in the workplace and help learners succeed in all walks of life.


VTCT, Vocational Training Charitable Trust, is a Government-approved awarding organisation which has awarded world class qualifications since 1962 and has been at the forefront of developing the vocational system of qualifications in the United Kingdom ever since. Our full qualification package includes Hairdressing & Barbering, Beauty Therapy, Complementary Therapy, Sport & Active Leisure, Hospitality & Catering, Business & Retail and Learning & Development.

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