So the time has come where you are considering setting up your own training company; congratulations by the way! With over 20 years of experience, the team at Brooks and Kirk are here to help you achieve your big dream. Here is a brief guide that we have put together to help you decide whether setting up your own training centre is right for you and your business.
Firstly you need to consider what you are going to teach/train/assess. The general rule of thumb is that you can assess at the level below the qualification that you have yourself. In order to start your own training company, we are assuming that you already have experience of being a trainer. But if not you may want to have a look at our Assessor Training page for help and advice.
In some circumstances, you don’t require a qualification in order to teach a subject, such as with Leadership & Management courses. You will of course be required to have extensive experience and knowledge within the chosen subject area though.
If you are looking to offer accredited courses, you will need to be an approved centre for an awarding body that offers the courses you want to deliver. Different awarding bodies have different requirements when it comes to what teaching or assessing qualifications that you need; so it is always best to ask them directly. As a minimum, they will want you to have a Level 3 teaching qualification, such as the Level 3 Award in Education and Training (AET). This will give you the basic knowledge you need in order to be able to teach.
It is likely that you will also have to hold an assessing qualification. If you are wanting to set up a training centre that allows for assessing learners both in the learning environment and in their workplace, the Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (CAVA) is what you need.
What is the difference between Teaching and Assessing?
So we have already looked at the qualifications that you will need if you are going to set up your own training centre. But let’s have a quick look into the difference between training and assessing.
Accredited courses are those which are nationally recognised and have been approved by an awarding body. With these types of courses, there is very little difference between assessing and teaching. Some trainers will deliver a course, and then the awarding body will require them to assess student work, have it internally quality assured, before being given to the awarding body to externally quality assure it. If this is a requirement of your awarding body, you will also need to hold the Lead IQA qualification – the Level 4 Certificate in Leading the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practices.
Types of Courses
You need to have a clear idea of the type of course that your company will deliver. Here are the three main types to choose from:
1. Bespoke courses – these are written by your company, and don’t require you or your staff to be qualified or have any prior training experience.
2. Accredited courses – these are written by an awarding body, such as City & Guilds, and you need to be registered with the awarding body before you can offer the course.
3. Funded courses – Government-funded courses are a little trickier, as you firstly need to be accredited to offer the course. Then, you need to be on their list of approved training companies – lots of loopholes to go through!
How much is this all going to cost?
Now that is the million-dollar question! It really depends on exactly what you need. If you need to obtain your assessing and teaching qualifications, you need to factor these costs into your overall budget too. Your insurance costs are likely to increase; and you may also need to hire an internal quality assurer if you don’t already have one within the organisation.
You may have learners lined up already; but it is likely that you will be paying out a lot more money than you are bringing in, to begin with. Think about the resources, candidate packs, preparation time and assessing time that you also need to factor in. That is without thinking about the costs of marketing your new training centre too – whilst social media advertising is cheap, you still need to pay someone to run this for you.
We hope this has helped to give you an insight into the world of setting up your own training centre. If you would like any further help or advice, you should definitely take a look at our Consultation Service.