At Brooks and Kirk, we have over 20 years of experience in running our own Training Provider. It’s quite possible that you’re considering running your own – which is great! Now, your initial thought may be ‘where do I begin with setting up a training company?’ and if it is, you’ve come to the right place! We’re going to use the experience we’ve gained over the years to help you with everything you’ll need to know about starting your own training company, right from the beginning.
What Type of Courses Do I Want To Deliver?
The first thing that you will need to decide about setting up a training company is what type of courses you want to deliver.
If you want to deliver Bespoke Courses (ones that have been written by yourself/your company), then you and your staff are not required to be qualified or have any existing training experience. If this is the route that you want your company to go down, then take a look at our page on Bespoke Courses.
However, if you want to deliver Accredited Courses, then the route you need to go down is very different. It will involve qualified members of staff…
What Qualified Staff Do I Need To Deliver Accredited Courses?
If you want to deliver Accredited Courses, such as BTECs or NVQs, then your company will need to be registered with an awarding body. You may have heard of some popular awarding bodies, such as Pearson Edexcel, or City&Guilds.
However, before you register with an awarding body, there are a couple of things you will need. In terms of members of staff, you will need an absolute minimum of:
- 1 Qualified Internal Quality Assurer (IQA)
- 1 Qualified Assessor
The Internal Quality Assurer
The IQA of your company will be responsible for monitoring your centre’s assessment practices and procedures. Your IQA will be the person who organises visits from Awarding Bodies as mentioned above. One of their main responsibilities will be to internally evaluate, maintain and improve the quality of assessment.
This person will need the Level 4 Certificate in Leading the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practices.
The Assessor of your company will be responsible for assessing your learners in their place of work and/or their learning environment (whichever one is relevant). This means that they will be able to take your learners through their qualification and ensure that they have the knowledge, skills, and behaviours necessary.
This person will need the Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement.
In any event, the IQA and the Assessor for your company CANNOT be the same person. You may find it beneficial to have more than one Assessor within your company. Especially as the company and the workload expands. It’s also important to note that you as the company owner do not necessarily have to be the IQA.
For more information on delivering Accredited Courses, take a look at our page on Starting Your Own Accredited Training Company.