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learndirect work with a number of leading Ofqual 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.

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:



AAT works across the globe with around 140,000 members in more than 90 countries. Their members, including students, are represented at every level of the finance and accounting world.

AAT members are ambitious, focused accounting professionals. Many of AAT members occupy senior, well-rewarded positions with thousands of employers – from blue-chip corporate giants to public sector institutions.

AAT qualifications are universally respected and internationally recognised. Organisations hire AAT qualified members for their knowledge, skills, diligence and enthusiasm, because AAT represents the highest standards of professionalism. In short, an AAT qualification is a route to some of the most in-demand skills in the world, and provides their students and members with a professional status to be proud of.


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 

Active IQ

As an Ofqual-regulated awarding body, Active IQ is a leader in health and fitness qualifications. They develop off-the-shelf, customised, and fully bespoke qualifications on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).

AIM Qualifications Assessment Group

AIM Qualifications Assessment Group

AIM Qualifications and Assessment Group is a leading Awarding (AO) and End-Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO) offering award-winning qualifications and nominated end-point assessment services.

AIM has over thirty years of experience in developing high-quality qualifications that meet the needs of employers and learners. They approve the colleges, training providers, and other education centres that deliver their qualifications and work closely with them to ensure high-quality delivery.

AIM is also regulated by the public regulator governing qualifications in England – Ofqual.

APMG International Limited

APMG International Limited

AgilePM® is accredited by APMG International Limited


ATHE is a global awarding organisation regulated by Ofqual and other UK and international regulators since 2011. They work with more than 280 recognised centres in over 55 countries to complement our strong brand presence in the UK.


BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, advances more extensive social and monetary advancement through the headway of data innovation science and practice. BCS has been focused on this mission since 1957. 

BCS is focused on guaranteeing that the digital journey is safe and positive for everyone, by raising standards of competence and conduct across the IT industry

BCS is based on our five pillars, which make it possible for the organisation to raise standards and realise greater potential in the technology industry:

  • Supporting Careers
  • Sharing Expertise
  • Improving Education 
  • Influencing Practise
  • Driving Standards


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.

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Please click here to visit the CIM website.


The Chartered Management Institute is a professional institution for management based in the United Kingdom.



Gatehouse Awards

Gatehouse Awards

Gatehouse Awards Ltd is a leading awarding body recognised by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation, England (Ofqual). They also have a significant international presence providing language testing services.


Highfield is a global leader in compliance and work-based learning and apprenticeship qualifications and one of the UK’s most recognisable awarding organisations. As such we’re regulated by Ofqual, Qualifications Wales, SQA Accreditation, the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA), and the Security Industry Authority (SIA).


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.


The Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) are the global professional body at the centre of the sustainability agenda, connecting business and individuals across industries, sectors, and borders.


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). 

iPET Network

iPET Network

iPET Network is an Awarding Organisation regulated by Ofqual, CCEA Regulation and Qualifications Wales.
They are a sector-specific organisation that is dedicated to promoting improvements in canine, feline and animal care and welfare. 


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.



NOCN has been creating opportunities through learning and skills development for over 30 years. They are trusted and recognised by employers, training providers and learners in the UK and internationally, to provide a high quality, flexible service. NOCN believe passionately in the power of education and its impact on communities and individuals.

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.

Pearson Edexcel

Pearson Edexcel

Pearson Edexcel are the UK's largest awarding body and we are regulated by Ofqual (England), SQA Accreditation (Scotland), CCEA Accreditation (Northern Ireland) and Qualifications Wales (Wales). They offer academic and vocational qualifications that are globally recognised and benchmarked, with educational excellence rooted in names like Edexcel, BTEC, EDI and LCCI.



PRINCE2®, MSP® and ITIL® are accredited by PeopleCert on behalf of Axelos


Qualifi is a leading 21st-century Awarding Organisation founded to meet the developing education and training needs of learners and employers from the UK and around the globe. They identified a growing demand for consistent and credible academic qualifications and awards as the economy became more competitive and global in nature – especially in many fast-paced industry sectors.

Qualifi works with a growing number of sector skills councils, professional associations and employers to identify mission-critical learning requirements and assess outcomes of programmes to achieve consistent and recognised professional and academic standards.

SEG Awards

Skills and Education Group Awards offer qualifications and assessments which are regulated by CCEA, Ofqual and Qualifications Wales. They are driven by delivering a high-quality and trusted service to Centres and learners, so that everyone gets the education they deserve.

Skills & Education Group Access

An access validating agency with a strong social purpose to recognise achievement, particularly for those who have benefited least from their previous educational experiences, Skills and Education Group Access supports the needs of learners, providers, businesses and communities by enabling progression into higher education.


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.



This means that it is accepted by education authorities, immigration and visa departments all around the world and is a benchmark qualification within the industry.

It is also accredited by Trinity College London which is a leading international exam board that operates in over 60 countries. 


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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