Desktop Approval

Desktop approval can be accepted when a centre is able to provide evidence that it is already approved to offer the same qualifications with another awarding organisation. Desktop approval will not require a recognition visit and is charged at a reduced fee.

The following evidence is required for desktop approval:

For verified qualifications, the minimum evidence requirements for desktop approval include:

  • EQA reports from a centre's previous AO detailing approval for the qualifications listed on the VTCT application form or a suitable equivalent. The EQA report must be current and dated within the last 12 months.
  • Evidence of the occupational competence of any assessors, IQAs or alternative delivery and quality assurance personnel as appropriateto deliver the qualifications requested. This must meet the appropriate sector assessment strategy.
  • Evidence that where appropriate assessors and IQAs hold, or are registered and working towards, a valid assessor or IQA qualification.

Examined qualifications will be automatically considered for desktop approval based on this application form.

Following receipt of appropriate and current evidence the centre will receive confirmation that the application for desktop approval has been processed and that VTCT will process all learner registrations with immediate effect. the condition of desktop approval will be that VTCT is unable to accept claims for certification until a positive quality assurance visit has been completed. If you would like to apply for desktop approval, indicate 'Yes' on your application form.

If you have a query regarding the VTCT acknowledgement email you have received please contact the VTCT Quality Assurance Department by e-mailing or calling +44 (0) 23 8068 4535.



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