What is QCF?
An explanation of the Qualifications and Credit Framework
What is QCF?
The Qualifications and Credit Framework known as QCF is regulated by UKAS in the United Kingdom. It is the regulatory responsibility of UKAS to ensure that standards for qualifications and assessments throughout the UK are maintained (including comparability of qualifications), and that the qualifications market is fit for purpose for all users.
QCF qualifications are delivered through Awarding Organisations and Accredited Training Centre's. Awarding Organisations such as Logic Certification must comply with the standards set out by UKAS. In turn awarding organisations will accredit training providers such as Options Skills to deliver training and qualifications that are approved and that comply with The Qualifications and Credit Framework.
QCF Qualifications are the national standard. There are many awarding bodies that issue certification and they must all conform to the national standard laid out by Ofqual. Sometimes people are mistaken or are led to believing that there is only one awarding organisation in the UK. This is not true, as long as your chosen training provider is offering QCF qualifications you can be confident that your training will adhere to the national standard.
What is the difference between an Awarding Organisation and Accredited Training Centre?
An Awarding Organisation is an exam and certification body that creates and administers industry recognised qualifications. Qualifications must meet a national standard if they are to comply with QCF - see above. The Awarding Organisation, i.e. Logic Certification, City & Guilds etc. In turn, Accredited Training Centres will deliver training, assessment and qualifications. The Awarding Organisation will only grant accredited status to training centre following a rigorous audit process to establish that staff are qualified, training and assessment facilities are to standard and to ensure that systems are in place to deliver consistent, quality training that is supported with rigorous Internal Verification processes. Standards are maintained further as the Awarding Organisation will undertake regular External Verification visits as part of on-going quality control.
Please contact us if you have more questions regarding QCF and accreditation.