Setting Up A Training Company: Where Do I Begin?
At Brooks and Kirk, we have over 25 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?’. If 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. Brooks and Kirk can tell you everything you’ll need to know about starting your own training company.
What Type of Courses Do I Want To Deliver?
Let’s start at the beginning. The first thing that you will need to decide is what type of courses you want to deliver at your training company.
If you want to deliver Bespoke Courses then you and your staff are not required to be qualified. Likewise, you don’t even need any existing training experience. Bespoke courses are ones that have been written by yourself/your company. 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. Unlike bespoke courses, 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:
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.
As a result, 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 undertaking the NVQs. 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.
Steve is a Chartered Manager and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.
He provides Educational Consultancy to the 19+ sector as well as being an Assessor, IQA, EPA and Digital Marketing Professional. When not doing any of these he finds time, every now and then, to write blogs and articles.