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Associations

International Association of Bookkeepers

With over 10,000 members across 60 countries, the International Association of Book-keepers (IAB) is one of the most prestigious not-for-profit organisations for professional bookkeepers in the world.

Regulated by Ofqual, the IAB is both a government-approved and statutory supervisory body. Setting world-class standards, it offers students worldwide the chance to gain the very best financial qualifications – as well as lifelong skills.

At the forefront of benchmarking, the IAB works with government as well as standard setting bodies to promote the professional integrity of bookkeepers. Working with the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF), it established practical bookkeeping units. Plus, together with the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals, it helped pioneer Payroll qualifications.

Today, celebrating 40 years of success, it not only offers a host of accredited bookkeeping and business qualifications, it supports and regulates professionals on their career path.

Qualifications Register

Anyone who is studying for or has completed a course endorsed by an Ofqual approved awarding body is eligible to join Qualifications Register.  The Qualifications Register (QR) is an independent register that aims to serve both members of the public and those professionals who hold recognised qualifications.

QR's primary aim is to provide transparency to members of the public and employers. The QR is a searchable database that allows them to find a practitioner and view the relevant qualification and endorsements the practitioner holds. The member of the public is then able to make an informed decision in relation to the suitability of the practitioner.  QR also tracks whether practitioners have insurance, again something that is useful for members of the public.  QR can also help professionals gain insurance or find professional indemnity cover.  Click here to find out more.

Members of the public can check an independent source with complete confidence that the practitioner has the qualification(s) they claim to have and that any additional CPD the practitioner has, is verified and quality assured to make sure that the CPD is being done on a regular basis. QR tracks a practitioners endorsed CPD (in unison with our CPD accreditation partner Lifetime Awarding) and other key signals to help members of the public and employers to come to a more informed decision about the professional they intend to use. This is an enormously valuable signal that's increasingly important as business becomes more deregulated and privatised.

For practitioners QR helps you market your skills, endorsements and feedback transparently to a wider audience. It also gives you access to a community to help make you more able to progress and succeed in your field of expertise.  Click here to find out more.

Guild of Professional Beauty Therapists

Stonebridge is a Guild of Professional Beauty Therapists Accredited Training College

Launched in 1994, The Guild of Professional Beauty Therapists is the UK's biggest professional beauty trade body. The Guild has over 5,000 members who are all fully qualified beauty and holistic therapists. All Members of the Guild of Professional Beauty Therapists work to a strict code of ethics.

This is great news for students who complete one of our courses that have been accredited by the Guild of Professional Beauty Therapists as they are now able to secure full membership to the Guild starting from only £85 per annum.

Benefits of membership include:

  • Insurance Benefits - Negligence claims against Beauty Salons and Nail Technicians are rising dramatically and so insurance is vital to safeguard the future of your business. The Guild's insurance cover is tailor made for Beauty Therapists and Salon Owners. Full membership of the Guild of Professional Beauty Therapists automatically covers you for Treatment, Public and Product Liability cover (£2 million).
  • Beautyguild.com - The Guild's web site provides members with a wealth of news and information. Including features on the benefits of professional salon treatments.
  • Salon directory - Guild Salon Directory is a unique service available exclusively to Guild Members. It gives you the opportunity to advertise your salon or mobile business to a wide audience, and is a valuable new addition to our package of membership benefits. Enhanced entries on Guild Salon Directory allow you to write a short promotional description of your salon and the services you offer. You can link your entry to your own e-mail and website, and a directional map will mean clients are sure to be able to find you.
  • Professional and Business Helpline - The Guild's dedicated team of staff are beauty and business professionals who can provide business advice and support. Members can call during office hours, Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm for expert advice.
  • Yellow Pages and Thomsons Directories Advertising - Most Salons advertise in Yellow Pages or with Thomson Directories but as a Guild Member, you can stand out from the rest by taking part in the Guild's corporate advertising scheme, which allows you to advertise at special rates under The Guild's banner.
  • Guild Gazette - Guild Gazette is the official Journal of the Guild of Professional Beauty Therapists. It is published bi-monthly and is the only magazine mailed exclusively to members. In each issue of Guild Gazette, you will receive the latest news on products, industry developments, legislation and training. There are treatment fact files, current issues and affairs and articles from industry experts.
  • MGPBT (Member of the Guild of Professional Beauty Therapists) - Students who complete one of our courses accredited by the Guild will also be able to use the letters MGPBT after their names.
  • GPBT logo - The GPBT logo artwork is available upon request for you to use on your stationary. All new members receive a Guild of Professional Beauty Therapists membership certificate to display in their treatment area.

The following courses have been accredited for Guild Membership, insurance and CPD (Continuing Professional Development):

Course Name (No. of CPD points)

  • Level 3 Anatomy & Physiology Diploma Course (140)
  • Level 4 Aromatherapy Diploma Course (212) *
  • Level 4 Holistic Beauty Therapist (96) *
  • Level 3 Beauty Therapist Diploma Course (150) *
  • Level 3 Indian Head Massage Diploma Course (136) *
  • Level 3 Nail Technician Diploma Course (148) *
  • Level 3 Professional Beauty Makeup Diploma Course (156) *
  • Level 4 Reflexology Diploma Course (212)*
  • Level 3 Colour Therapy Diploma Course (96)*
  • Level 3 Crystal Healing Diploma Course (96) *
  • Level 3 Manicure and Pedicure Diploma Course (136) *

* Indicates that practical training is a prerequisite for Full Guild Membership as this is an insurance requirement.

Today's beauty salon clients expect the best. When they visit your salon, they want to be advised and treated by fully trained and qualified therapists. Membership of The Guild of Professional Beauty Therapists shows them that you are a true Beauty Professional. For more information please visit the Guild's website at www.beautyguild.com.

VTCT

VTCT, Vocational Training Charitable Trust, is a Government-approved awarding organisation which has awarded world class qualifications since 1962 and has been at the forefront of developing the vocational system of qualifications in the United Kingdom ever since. Our full qualification package includes Hairdressing & Barbering, Beauty Therapy, Complementary Therapy, Sport & Active Leisure, Hospitality & Catering, Business & Retail and Learning & Development.

Qualifications Register

Anyone who is studying for or has completed a course endorsed by an Ofqual approved awarding body is eligible to join Qualifications Register.  The Qualifications Register (QR) is an independent register that aims to serve both members of the public and those professionals who hold recognised qualifications.

QR's primary aim is to provide transparency to members of the public and employers. The QR is a searchable database that allows them to find a practitioner and view the relevant qualification and endorsements the practitioner holds. The member of the public is then able to make an informed decision in relation to the suitability of the practitioner.  QR also tracks whether practitioners have insurance, again something that is useful for members of the public.  QR can also help professionals gain insurance or find professional indemnity cover.  Click here to find out more.

Members of the public can check an independent source with complete confidence that the practitioner has the qualification(s) they claim to have and that any additional CPD the practitioner has, is verified and quality assured to make sure that the CPD is being done on a regular basis. QR tracks a practitioners endorsed CPD (in unison with our CPD accreditation partner Lifetime Awarding) and other key signals to help members of the public and employers to come to a more informed decision about the professional they intend to use. This is an enormously valuable signal that's increasingly important as business becomes more deregulated and privatised.

For practitioners QR helps you market your skills, endorsements and feedback transparently to a wider audience. It also gives you access to a community to help make you more able to progress and succeed in your field of expertise.  Click here to find out more.

Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance

Highfield (HABC) are the UK and Middle East’s leading supplier of compliance qualifications to businesses and the public sector. As an awarding body HABC are regulated by Ofqual in addition to the Welsh Government, the Scottish Qualifications Authority and the Security Industry Authority (SIA). HABC offer a broad range of qualifications from auditing skills right the way through to teaching and training. The qualifications HABC develop depend very much on the demand of the underlying organisations whose training they help support. These include colleges, councils, hospitals, builders, brand names and any organisation that has a training requirement. The fact HABC are experiencing significant year on year growth is testament to their consultative approach and ability to develop qualifications and training in response to contemporary demand. Highfield put their success down to delivering on their standards and core values of listening, service and integrity. Learners can be assured any Highfield qualification is of the highest quality and relevant in today’s workplace.

Institute of Sales & Marketing Management

ISMM are the Institute of Sales & Marketing Management. Established in 1911 and formerly known as the Sales Managers Association they promote professionalisation of the sales industry. As well as being a membership organisation they provide a range of Sales & Marketing qualifications for the industry as well as ongoing continuous professional development support. They are the foremost authority on Sales & Marketing and are committed to developing sales talent in the UK. As an awarding body they are the only professional sales organisation recognised by Ofqual. ISMM have a track record of promoting sales as a career, standards of professionalism, ethics, the integrity of selling and the sales process. All profits made through their activities are reinvested in pursuit of these aims and values which can be summarised by their mission statement:

“To be the body that represents professional sales people worldwide. To ensure that sales standards of excellence are maintained through our qualifications and to gain the recognition of sales as a profession by creating an informed ISMM membership community, providing education, guidance, information and encouragement.”

Any award from ISMM is one from a long established brand that has real gravitas and respect from employers.

Qualifications Register

Anyone who is studying for or has completed a course endorsed by an Ofqual approved awarding body is eligible to join Qualifications Register.  The Qualifications Register (QR) is an independent register that aims to serve both members of the public and those professionals who hold recognised qualifications.

QR's primary aim is to provide transparency to members of the public and employers. The QR is a searchable database that allows them to find a practitioner and view the relevant qualification and endorsements the practitioner holds. The member of the public is then able to make an informed decision in relation to the suitability of the practitioner.  QR also tracks whether practitioners have insurance, again something that is useful for members of the public.  QR can also help professionals gain insurance or find professional indemnity cover.  Click here to find out more.

Members of the public can check an independent source with complete confidence that the practitioner has the qualification(s) they claim to have and that any additional CPD the practitioner has, is verified and quality assured to make sure that the CPD is being done on a regular basis. QR tracks a practitioners endorsed CPD (in unison with our CPD accreditation partner Lifetime Awarding) and other key signals to help members of the public and employers to come to a more informed decision about the professional they intend to use. This is an enormously valuable signal that's increasingly important as business becomes more deregulated and privatised.

For practitioners QR helps you market your skills, endorsements and feedback transparently to a wider audience. It also gives you access to a community to help make you more able to progress and succeed in your field of expertise.  Click here to find out more.

Association for Coaching

Stonebridge Associated Colleges is an Organisation Member of the Association for Coaching

The Association for Coaching is an independent non profit organisation with the goal to promote best practice, raise awareness and standards across the Coaching industry, while providing value added benefits to its members - whether they are professional Coaches or Organisations involved in Coaching.

Association for Coaching
66 Church Road
London W7 1LB
United Kingdom

Visit their website at www.associationforcoaching.com.

Qualifications Register

Anyone who is studying for or has completed a course endorsed by an Ofqual approved awarding body is eligible to join Qualifications Register.  The Qualifications Register (QR) is an independent register that aims to serve both members of the public and those professionals who hold recognised qualifications.

QR's primary aim is to provide transparency to members of the public and employers. The QR is a searchable database that allows them to find a practitioner and view the relevant qualification and endorsements the practitioner holds. The member of the public is then able to make an informed decision in relation to the suitability of the practitioner.  QR also tracks whether practitioners have insurance, again something that is useful for members of the public.  QR can also help professionals gain insurance or find professional indemnity cover.  Click here to find out more.

Members of the public can check an independent source with complete confidence that the practitioner has the qualification(s) they claim to have and that any additional CPD the practitioner has, is verified and quality assured to make sure that the CPD is being done on a regular basis. QR tracks a practitioners endorsed CPD (in unison with our CPD accreditation partner Lifetime Awarding) and other key signals to help members of the public and employers to come to a more informed decision about the professional they intend to use. This is an enormously valuable signal that's increasingly important as business becomes more deregulated and privatised.

For practitioners QR helps you market your skills, endorsements and feedback transparently to a wider audience. It also gives you access to a community to help make you more able to progress and succeed in your field of expertise.  Click here to find out more.

Affiliation of Ethical & Professional Therapists (AEPT)

"The Affiliation of Ethical & Professional Therapists is dedicated in assisting you as a  member, in the promotion and growth of your practice. Your profile will be entered onto our website and each month you will receive a free e-zine full of business tips and valuable information".

For further details please visit,  www.aept.co.uk

BABTAC

On successful completion of the VTCT Level 2 Beauty Therapy or VTCT Level 3 Massage course, learners can join BABTAC. BABTAC has been the professional face of beauty and holistic therapy for over 30 years. It is the premier UK association for beauticians and therapists and is widely recognised as one of the longest standing and most influential bodies for the industry.

The BABTAC badge is the sign of confidence. Whenever the BABTAC certificate and treatment list appear, the public is assured that their therapist is a qualified professional committed to excellence in their field and their continuing development as professionals.

Complementary Medical Association

Stonebridge Associated Colleges is a CMA Registered Centre of Excellence. 

Visit the CMA website by clicking here.

Federation of Holistic Therapists

The Federation of Holistic Therapists (F.H.T) is the largest association in the UK. It carries global Recognition and represents over 20,000 professional therapists. The F.H.T sets industry standards thereby ensuring best practice for Therapists and their clients. No other UK association has influenced the acceptance of Complementary Therapies in the UK more than the F.H.T.

Benefits of Membership

As a fully qualified therapist holding one of our Nationally Recognised Awards that are accepted by the F.H.T, you will be eligible for the following membership benefits:

  • As a Full Member of the F.H.T, you will be eligible for F.H.T Insurance policies that are related to the beauty, complementary and sports therapy sectors in the United Kingdom. Thus you can practice with peace of mind, knowing that comprehensive cover (a standard £3 million) is available for a variety of treatments at an affordable cost.
  • Full Members are allowed to vote at General Meetings and to serve on the Governing Council of the F.H.T.
  • Members are supplied with a multi-discipline therapy magazine, the 'International Therapist' that has the biggest circulation in the UK for qualified therapists. This is a non-commercial editorial offering unbiased and expert information on subjects from Aromatherapy to Yoga. Published bi-monthly in full colour.
  • Members of the F.H.T can enjoy the benefit of major savings (upto 50%) from over 50 leading U.K. suppliers through the Membership discount scheme.
  • Every Member of the F.H.T receives a catalogue full of products commissioned by the F.H.T for its Membership (e.g. association badged clothing, aromatherapy and reflexology charts, videos and couches etc.)
  • Members can call a free support line for information regarding treatment procedures, marketing and general enquiries (access to F.H.T's legal helpline and counselling helpline is provided for a small annual premium).
  • Access to the F.H.T member's site where you can communicate with other therapists throughout the World.

F.H.T Accredited Courses

Today's clients expect Therapists to be professional. When they visit you, they want to be advised and treated by a fully trained and qualified therapist. Full Membership of The Federation of Holistic Therapists shows them that you are a true Professional. For more information please visit the F.H.T's website at www.fht.org.uk.

Qualifications Register

Anyone who is studying for or has completed a course endorsed by an Ofqual approved awarding body is eligible to join Qualifications Register.  The Qualifications Register (QR) is an independent register that aims to serve both members of the public and those professionals who hold recognised qualifications.

QR's primary aim is to provide transparency to members of the public and employers. The QR is a searchable database that allows them to find a practitioner and view the relevant qualification and endorsements the practitioner holds. The member of the public is then able to make an informed decision in relation to the suitability of the practitioner.  QR also tracks whether practitioners have insurance, again something that is useful for members of the public.  QR can also help professionals gain insurance or find professional indemnity cover.  Click here to find out more.

Members of the public can check an independent source with complete confidence that the practitioner has the qualification(s) they claim to have and that any additional CPD the practitioner has, is verified and quality assured to make sure that the CPD is being done on a regular basis. QR tracks a practitioners endorsed CPD (in unison with our CPD accreditation partner Lifetime Awarding) and other key signals to help members of the public and employers to come to a more informed decision about the professional they intend to use. This is an enormously valuable signal that's increasingly important as business becomes more deregulated and privatised.

For practitioners QR helps you market your skills, endorsements and feedback transparently to a wider audience. It also gives you access to a community to help make you more able to progress and succeed in your field of expertise.  Click here to find out more.

The American Association of Drugless Practitioners

 To visit the AADP website, click here

The American Association of Drugless Practitioners Certification and Accreditation Board has granted Stonebridge Associated Colleges full board professional accreditation and certification.

Stonebridge's curriculum fully meets the accreditation board's educational requirements and will give students a thorough knowledge of courses set-forth by the College.

Graduates of Stonebridge will be eligible to apply to be board certified holistic health practitioners through the AADP.

Granted by Donald A. Rosenthal, N.D., Ph. D.
Executive Director

The American Holistic Health Association (AHHA)

Stonebridge Associated Colleges are Organisational Members of the American Holistic Health Association (AHHA).

The American Holistic Health Association is dedicated to promoting holistic principles: honouring the whole person (mind, body and spirit) and encouraging people to actively participate in their own health and healthcare. 

AHHA is the leading national resource connecting people with vital solutions for reaching a higher level of wellness.

To visit the AADP website, click here

The General Hypnotherapy Council

Stonebridge Associated Colleges has become a: 'Representative Organisation within The General Hypnotherapy Council'

The General Hypnotherapy Register  has made such rapid and astonishing progress towards its primary goal of providing, in line with stated Department of Health guidelines, a single independent Register of Practitioners to which the public, GP's and all relevant third parties may refer with confidence, that they have felt able to take, well ahead of schedule, the next logical step in their contribution towards the inevitable consolidation of the profession -- the creation of a General Hypnotherapy Council.

The General Hypnotherapy Register

'Patron of The General Hypnotherapy Register'

Students in training with Stonebridge Associated Colleges may also enjoy an association with the General Hypnotherapy Register (www.general-hypnotherapy-register.com). 

For more information please visit the General Hypnotherapy Register website by clicking here.

British Association of Counsellors (BACP)

Stonebridge Associated Colleges are Organisational Members of the British Association of Counsellors (BACP)

"As an Organisational Member of BACP we are bound by its Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy, the Ethical Guidelines for Researching Counselling and Psychotherapy (where organisations undertake research) and subject to the Professional Conduct Procedure for the time being in force."

Qualifications Register

Anyone who is studying for or has completed a course endorsed by an Ofqual approved awarding body is eligible to join Qualifications Register.  The Qualifications Register (QR) is an independent register that aims to serve both members of the public and those professionals who hold recognised qualifications.

QR's primary aim is to provide transparency to members of the public and employers. The QR is a searchable database that allows them to find a practitioner and view the relevant qualification and endorsements the practitioner holds. The member of the public is then able to make an informed decision in relation to the suitability of the practitioner.  QR also tracks whether practitioners have insurance, again something that is useful for members of the public.  QR can also help professionals gain insurance or find professional indemnity cover.  Click here to find out more.

Members of the public can check an independent source with complete confidence that the practitioner has the qualification(s) they claim to have and that any additional CPD the practitioner has, is verified and quality assured to make sure that the CPD is being done on a regular basis. QR tracks a practitioners endorsed CPD (in unison with our CPD accreditation partner Lifetime Awarding) and other key signals to help members of the public and employers to come to a more informed decision about the professional they intend to use. This is an enormously valuable signal that's increasingly important as business becomes more deregulated and privatised.

For practitioners QR helps you market your skills, endorsements and feedback transparently to a wider audience. It also gives you access to a community to help make you more able to progress and succeed in your field of expertise.  Click here to find out more.

AQA

The AQA is an education charity. It's aim is to bring out the best in students and teachers by providing services that lead to inspiring lessons and great learning.

AQA is a leading provider of qualifications and support services for teachers and students. It seeks to help every student and teacher to realise their potential.

The AQA provides qualifications that are valued by employers and higher education and enable students to progress to the next stage in their lives.

The organisation supports teachers by delivering services that lead to inspiring lessons, great learning and accurate assessment. It also works collaboratively with teachers to create resources that are designed around their day-to-day needs.

The AQA's work falls into three main areas:

  • qualifications – they are a leading provider of GCSEs and A-levels
  • support – including progress tests and results analysis
  • development – training and professional development for teachers.

For more information, visit the AQA website.

CACHE

CACHE is the UK's only specialist awarding organisation for the children and adult care sectors, with a portfolio of qualifications ranging from Entry to Level 5. Last year, over 150,000 learners registered with CACHE from over 1000 UK based Centres and overseas.

CACHE is an internationally recognised, specialist Awarding Organisation in the fields of Early Years, Care and Education, and Playwork. An Awarding Organisation is officially recognised and designated by the regulatory authorities to award qualifications in particular subject areas.

CACHE designs courses and qualifications in the care and education of children and young people. CACHE are the UK's only specialist Awarding Organisation to do this. CACHE's courses range from entry level to advanced qualifications for sector professionals.

CACHE continue to develop the most up to date and relevant qualifications for the new QCF and work closely with Sector Skills Councils to ensure the highest level of quality and a cutting-edge service to their customers, our learners, and the sector.

Please click here to visit the CACHE website.

Cambridge International Examinations

Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) is the world’s largest provider of international education programmes and qualifications for 5 to 19 year olds. 

It is a division of Cambridge Assessment, a department of the University of Cambridge and a not-for-profit organisation. CIE invest constantly in research and development to improve their programmes and qualifications. 

Cambridge International Examinations is recognised by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) – the regulator of examinations in England – to award qualifications. This means you can be sure their assessments and qualifications are monitored and meet appropriate standards. CIE works closely with Ofqual to maintain its recognised status.

CIE's mission is to deliver world-class international education through the provision of high-quality curricula, assessments and services. 

Together with schools it aims to develop learners who are confident, responsible, reflective, innovative and engaged – equipped for success in the fast-changing modern world.

For more information visit the Cambridge International Examinations website.

EDEXCEL - Pearson Education Ltd

Pearson Education Limited (Pearson) is the UK's largest awarding organisation, offering academic and vocational qualifications and training to schools, colleges, employers and other places of learning in the UK and internationally.

Pearson's academic qualifications include Edexcel GCSE, Edexcel GCE (A level) and Edexcel International GCSE (The Edexcel Certificate for UK state schools).

Its vocational qualifications include Edexcel NVQ and BTEC from entry level to Higher National Diplomas. BTECs are recognised in more than 80 countries worldwide, and in 2011/2012, over 2 million learners registered for BTECs and other vocational qualifications, including 650,000 school students taking BTEC Firsts and Nationals.

Please click here to visit the Edexcel website.

OCR

OCR is a leading UK awarding body. It provides qualifications which engage people of all ages and abilities at school, college, in work or through part-time learning programmes. 

OCR's general and vocational qualifications equip learners with the knowledge and skills they need for their future, helping them achieve their full potential.

The awarding body works with schools, colleges, workplaces and other institutions in the public and private sector. Over 13,000 centres choose the A Levels, GCSEs and vocational qualifications OCR offers.

OCR develops their qualifications in close consultation with teachers, industry leaders and government to ensure they are relevant for learners today and meet requirements set by Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual).

For more details visit the OCR website.

Open College Network West Midlands

Open College Network West Midlands are a national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and Qualifications Wales, to develop and award nationally recognised qualifications.

 

Open College Network West Midlands work in partnership with employers, training providers, colleges, universities, schools and voluntary and community organisations to offer vocational credit-based qualifications, Access to Higher Education Diplomas and quality assured Customised Accreditation that enables learners gain employment or to progress into further learning and Higher Education. They also Quality Endorse organisations internal training and skills delivery.

 

Qualifications Register

Anyone who is studying for or has completed a course endorsed by an Ofqual approved awarding body is eligible to join Qualifications Register.  The Qualifications Register (QR) is an independent register that aims to serve both members of the public and those professionals who hold recognised qualifications.

QR's primary aim is to provide transparency to members of the public and employers. The QR is a searchable database that allows them to find a practitioner and view the relevant qualification and endorsements the practitioner holds. The member of the public is then able to make an informed decision in relation to the suitability of the practitioner.  QR also tracks whether practitioners have insurance, again something that is useful for members of the public.  QR can also help professionals gain insurance or find professional indemnity cover.  Click here to find out more.

Members of the public can check an independent source with complete confidence that the practitioner has the qualification(s) they claim to have and that any additional CPD the practitioner has, is verified and quality assured to make sure that the CPD is being done on a regular basis. QR tracks a practitioners endorsed CPD (in unison with our CPD accreditation partner Lifetime Awarding) and other key signals to help members of the public and employers to come to a more informed decision about the professional they intend to use. This is an enormously valuable signal that's increasingly important as business becomes more deregulated and privatised.

For practitioners QR helps you market your skills, endorsements and feedback transparently to a wider audience. It also gives you access to a community to help make you more able to progress and succeed in your field of expertise.  Click here to find out more.

Active IQ

Stonebridge Associated Colleges are an Active IQ approved centre.

Active IQ are one of the UK’s leading Ofqual approved awarding bodies, covering Health, Fitness, Sport and Recreation.

Active IQ is a dynamic, flexible Awarding Body within the Active Leisure sector designing qualifications that support clearly defined career pathways. All of Active IQ’s qualifications are appropriate to occupations within the Active Leisure and Learning Sector. Active IQ offer their qualifications both nationally and internationally.

Fitness Industry Association (FIA)

The Fitness Industry Association (FIA) is the industry body which represents almost 2,500 public and private organisations across the UK.

The FIA's mission is to continually raise standards, promote and represent the health and fitness industry in the pursuit of a more physically active and healthier nation.

For more information please visit the FIA website by clicking here.

Register for Foot Health Professional (R.F.H.P)

The Register for Foot Health Professional (R.F.H.P) is a non-profit professional association for Foot Health Practitioners, who places practitioners on a register, making the public aware that the practitioner is trained to a high standard.

The R.F.H.P campaigns for, promotes and supports those who work and practice in the Foot Health Practitioner Industry. It reaches out to people who act as advocates for the Foot Health Profession and it anticipates and exceeds stakeholder expectations. Members are of all ages and come from a broad range of professional and personal backgrounds.

R.F.H.P Accredited Courses

For more information on the RFHP, please click here

Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs)

Stonebridge Associated Colleges has been accepted for recognition as Endorsed Training within the framework of the Register of Exercise Professionals.

REPS is an independent public Register which recognises the qualifications and expertise of health enhancing exercise instructors in the UK. One of our key functions is to provide a system of regulation for instructors and trainers to ensure that they meet the health and fitness industry’s agreed national occupational standards.

Membership of Reps provides assurance and confidence to consumers, employers and health professions that all registered exercise professionals are appropriately qualified and have the knowledge, competence and skills to perform specific roles. Members are acknowledged for their professionalism, their adherence to the industry’s nationally recognised standards and their ongoing education. Members are bound by a Code of Ethical Conduct and hold appropriate public liability insurance. In order to remain on the Register, members must continue to meet the standards that are set for their profession through Continual Professional Development (CPD).

To gain recognition by the Register of Exercise Professionals, instructors must provide evidence that they meet the National Occupational Standards. These standards are produced by SkillSActive, the Sector SkillsCouncil for the Active Leisure & Wellbeing, who represent the needs of the industry agreed by employers and other stakeholders.

The Guild of Safety Managers

The Guild of Safety Managers is a not for profit membership body promoting best practice and relevant training .We are pleased to announce that we are now an associate member of The Guild of Safety Managers. This means that students who complete our level 3 Safety Management will be eligible to join the guild as full members.

Qualifications Register

Anyone who is studying for or has completed a course endorsed by an Ofqual approved awarding body is eligible to join Qualifications Register.  The Qualifications Register (QR) is an independent register that aims to serve both members of the public and those professionals who hold recognised qualifications.

QR's primary aim is to provide transparency to members of the public and employers. The QR is a searchable database that allows them to find a practitioner and view the relevant qualification and endorsements the practitioner holds. The member of the public is then able to make an informed decision in relation to the suitability of the practitioner.  QR also tracks whether practitioners have insurance, again something that is useful for members of the public.  QR can also help professionals gain insurance or find professional indemnity cover.  Click here to find out more.

Members of the public can check an independent source with complete confidence that the practitioner has the qualification(s) they claim to have and that any additional CPD the practitioner has, is verified and quality assured to make sure that the CPD is being done on a regular basis. QR tracks a practitioners endorsed CPD (in unison with our CPD accreditation partner Lifetime Awarding) and other key signals to help members of the public and employers to come to a more informed decision about the professional they intend to use. This is an enormously valuable signal that's increasingly important as business becomes more deregulated and privatised.

For practitioners QR helps you market your skills, endorsements and feedback transparently to a wider audience. It also gives you access to a community to help make you more able to progress and succeed in your field of expertise.  Click here to find out more.

BIIAB

BIIAB, the British Institute of Innkeeping Awarding Body, is a government approved awarding body that has been raising standards in licenced retail since its formation in 1981. BIIAB are the premier awarding body for licenced retail in the UK and is owned by the registered charity BII. BIIAB offers a range of level 1-6 awards that cover the requirements of the licenced retail industry. They are perpetually developing their qualifcations to reflect demands of society, Police, Government and licenced retailers.

Qualifications Register

Anyone who is studying for or has completed a course endorsed by an Ofqual approved awarding body is eligible to join Qualifications Register.  The Qualifications Register (QR) is an independent register that aims to serve both members of the public and those professionals who hold recognised qualifications.

QR's primary aim is to provide transparency to members of the public and employers. The QR is a searchable database that allows them to find a practitioner and view the relevant qualification and endorsements the practitioner holds. The member of the public is then able to make an informed decision in relation to the suitability of the practitioner.  QR also tracks whether practitioners have insurance, again something that is useful for members of the public.  QR can also help professionals gain insurance or find professional indemnity cover.  Click here to find out more.

Members of the public can check an independent source with complete confidence that the practitioner has the qualification(s) they claim to have and that any additional CPD the practitioner has, is verified and quality assured to make sure that the CPD is being done on a regular basis. QR tracks a practitioners endorsed CPD (in unison with our CPD accreditation partner Lifetime Awarding) and other key signals to help members of the public and employers to come to a more informed decision about the professional they intend to use. This is an enormously valuable signal that's increasingly important as business becomes more deregulated and privatised.

For practitioners QR helps you market your skills, endorsements and feedback transparently to a wider audience. It also gives you access to a community to help make you more able to progress and succeed in your field of expertise.  Click here to find out more.

British Institute of Learning and Development (BILD)

Stonebridge is a full BILD Member

The BILD exists to promote quality and best practice in open, flexible and distance forms of learning throughout the education and training sectors of the UK. It is the national cross sector association for open learning drawing its membership from the key areas of open and flexible learning.

The BILD is recognised as one of the leading organisations promoting quality and best practice in open learning in the UK.

Visit the BILD website at www.thebild.org

Individual Learning Accounts Wales

Get up to £200 a year to learn a good living!

Money to put towards the cost of your learning & nothing to pay back! Individual Learning Accounts Wales are very simple and work like this:

If you want to improve your skills, you could get a contribution towards the cost of your learning.You could get between £100 and £200, depending on the cost of your course, your prior learning experience and your personal circumstances.

It can be a tough job finding well paid work if you don't have any relevant qualifications or the money to pay for education and training.

The Individual Learning Accounts Wales has been set up to help break down those barriers and get you back into learning. They are a brilliant way of helping you pay for the learning you need to help get a good job.

To apply for an ILA Wales, contact Learndirect now on 0800 100 900

All applications for ILA Wales are being taken by learndirect on 0800 100 900.They will take a few details from you and then send an application pack to you.

If you need help to fill in the form, learndirect will be happy to arrange for you to have an informal one-to-one chat with a careers adviser, where you can go through the forms together and get other careers advice and guidance you may need. Your careers adviser will also show you how to shop around for courses, so that you get the best value for your ILA Wales money.

Remember, there are hundreds of courses out there and it's important you choose the right one for you.

Freephone learndirect now on 0800 100 900

For more information, you can also log onto the ILA Wales website, by clicking here.

International Association for Distance Learning (IADL)

Stonebridge are an approved member of the International Association for Distance Learning.

The IADL has been established to promote quality in distance education and training, and to provide approval and recognition of open and distance learning programmes and their providers.

Admission to membership of the IADL includes appraisal of our administrative procedures, methods of course delivery, and our educational and publicity materials. Consideration is also given to our in-house quality control systems. We are assessed to ensure that our learners receive a product which is consistent with the values and policies set by the IADL Membership Committee. We are required to undergo periodic re-assessment by assessors and evaluators nominated by IADL.

For more information please visit the IADL website by clicking here.

Lifetime Awarding

Lifetime Awarding are a national Awarding Organisation with a collaborative approach to doing business. We work with employers, Training Providers and FE Colleges of all shapes and sizes to design, develop and award nationally recognised qualifications.  We cover lots of different sectors and offer off-the-shelf, customised and tailored qualifications as well as providing a mapping service for existing training programmes.We are currently offering over 80 qualifications across 11 different sectors.

NCFE

Stonebridge is a NCFE registered Centre

NCFE is the UK's longest established awarding body, recognised as a highly professional and responsive organisation, committed to maintaining excellent customer service and a friendly approach.
 
NCFE is one of the UK’s fastest growing national awarding bodies, designing and awarding qualifications that are nationally recognised to meet the needs of learners and employers.

Accreditation by NCFE is a guarantee of quality. It means that the college has been inspected and approved by an independent and experienced education professional and is quality audited biannually by NCFE. The centre delivering the programmes has been licensed by NCFE on the basis of its own quality systems. At the end of an accredited course, successful learners will also receive an NCFE Award certificate of achievement.

NCFE provide a wide range of qualifications accredited by Ofqual at different levels and in a variety of subject areas. NCFE also offer NVQs, Key Skills, Basic Skills and Entry Level qualifications.
 
Accreditation by NCFE is a guarantee of quality. It means that the college has been inspected and approved by an independent and experienced education professional and is quality audited biannually by NCFE. The centre delivering the programmes has been licensed by NCFE on the basis of its own quality systems. At the end of an accredited course, successful learners will also receive an NCFE Award certificate of achievement.
 
Our NCFE accredited courses are accredited to various levels (from level 1 – level 5). These courses lead to a NCFE certificate for successful learners.
 
Last year over a quarter of a million learners from almost 1000 training organisations chose NCFE as the awarding body to help them move their careers forward.

If you would like to visit NCFE’s website, please click here.

University for Industry

Stonebridge accepted as a qualified supplier for existing materials by the University for Industry (UfI).

Ufi today announced a preliminary list of over 100 titles which it is considering for the portfolio of learning materials it is planning for autumn 2000. It has also written to an initial list of over 150 qualified suppliers inviting them to tender for these titles.

The qualified suppliers include organisations such as IBM, BBC, and Microsoft as well as colleges, universities and professional institutes. They are all producers of high-quality open and distance learning materials, ranging from web, digital and multimedia products through to video, audio and traditional print.

UfI chief executive Anne Wright said: "Ufi was thrilled by the enthusiastic response from all kinds of organisations wanting to supply materials that meet Ufi's very high quality standards.

A full media release is available from the College or http://www.ufi.com

World Certification Institute

Stonebridge Associated Colleges are proud to announce that we have been granted Accredited Alliance Status with the World Certification Institute (www.worldcertification.org.) whose listing includes some of the finest educational establishments in the World, such as: the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford, as well as many other leading U.K. and Worldwide Universities.

The World Certification Institute is an international body registered in the United States, with regional centres in Europe, Oceania, Asia, America and Africa. The world body serves as a leading global authority to recognize cross-national skills, competencies and professional practices that are derived from internationally accepted best practices.

The World Certification Institute attracts a global membership representing competent professionals and practitioners from diverse occupational backgrounds and cross-functional disciplines. 

Stonebridge Associated College’s Diplomas have been recognised by the Institute as an acceptable qualification for the certified status.

1. In order to gain the Certified Professional status, Stonebridge graduates with a minimum of 3 years relevant working experience and having achieved a diploma through Stonebridge, can apply to be awarded the professional credential as “World Certified Professional”. Once graduates have attained this professional level they may use the post nominal letters “WCP”. They can also be considered for a minimum level of an associate membership with the World Certification Institute and may also use the post nominal membership as “AWCI”.

2. Stonebridge graduates without the pre-requisite diploma but with a minimum of 3 years relevant working experience can apply to be awarded the professional credential as “World Accredited Practitioner” and may use the post nominal letters “WAP”.

If you would like more information on the World Certification Institute and the application process for membership please visit:

www.worldcertification.org

N.B: The Authorised Center Code for Stonebridge Associated Colleges is “3022-0001”. All students must use this code when applying for certification online.

Qualifications Register

Anyone who is studying for or has completed a course endorsed by an Ofqual approved awarding body is eligible to join Qualifications Register.  The Qualifications Register (QR) is an independent register that aims to serve both members of the public and those professionals who hold recognised qualifications.

QR's primary aim is to provide transparency to members of the public and employers. The QR is a searchable database that allows them to find a practitioner and view the relevant qualification and endorsements the practitioner holds. The member of the public is then able to make an informed decision in relation to the suitability of the practitioner.  QR also tracks whether practitioners have insurance, again something that is useful for members of the public.  QR can also help professionals gain insurance or find professional indemnity cover.  Click here to find out more.

Members of the public can check an independent source with complete confidence that the practitioner has the qualification(s) they claim to have and that any additional CPD the practitioner has, is verified and quality assured to make sure that the CPD is being done on a regular basis. QR tracks a practitioners endorsed CPD (in unison with our CPD accreditation partner Lifetime Awarding) and other key signals to help members of the public and employers to come to a more informed decision about the professional they intend to use. This is an enormously valuable signal that's increasingly important as business becomes more deregulated and privatised.

For practitioners QR helps you market your skills, endorsements and feedback transparently to a wider audience. It also gives you access to a community to help make you more able to progress and succeed in your field of expertise.  Click here to find out more.

National Association of Licensed Paralegals (NALP)

The NALP is dedicated to promoting the status of Paralegals and paralegal training in England & Wales and abroad. Our nationally recognised courses are an affordable alternative to university tuition costs, that will set you on the path to a rewarding career in the legal sector. Since its inception in 1987 the NALP has continued to develop and refine its courses to meet the training requirements of the career paralegal.

The NALP advocates on our members behalf to the Legal Services Board, Legal Services Commission, Ministry of Justice, Skills for Justice, Solicitors Regulation Authority and The Law Society. The NALP aim is to strengthen the voice of NALP Paralegals in the legal world. The role of the paralegal is crucial to the practical and economic sustainability of the provision of legal services by solicitors' practices. They are an extremely important part of the legal profession, but an underestimated one.

On completion of our Legal Office Management courses, students can apply for student membership to the NALP (this costs £40).

Qualifications Register

Anyone who is studying for or has completed a course endorsed by an Ofqual approved awarding body is eligible to join Qualifications Register.  The Qualifications Register (QR) is an independent register that aims to serve both members of the public and those professionals who hold recognised qualifications.

QR's primary aim is to provide transparency to members of the public and employers. The QR is a searchable database that allows them to find a practitioner and view the relevant qualification and endorsements the practitioner holds. The member of the public is then able to make an informed decision in relation to the suitability of the practitioner.  QR also tracks whether practitioners have insurance, again something that is useful for members of the public.  QR can also help professionals gain insurance or find professional indemnity cover.  Click here to find out more.

Members of the public can check an independent source with complete confidence that the practitioner has the qualification(s) they claim to have and that any additional CPD the practitioner has, is verified and quality assured to make sure that the CPD is being done on a regular basis. QR tracks a practitioners endorsed CPD (in unison with our CPD accreditation partner Lifetime Awarding) and other key signals to help members of the public and employers to come to a more informed decision about the professional they intend to use. This is an enormously valuable signal that's increasingly important as business becomes more deregulated and privatised.

For practitioners QR helps you market your skills, endorsements and feedback transparently to a wider audience. It also gives you access to a community to help make you more able to progress and succeed in your field of expertise.  Click here to find out more.

Adobe

Adobe Systems Incorporated is a multinational computer software company. The company has historically focused upon the creation of multimedia and creativity software products, with a more-recent foray towards rich Internet application software development. It is best known for the Portable Document Format (PDF) and Adobe Creative Suite, later Adobe Creative Cloud.

Adobe is the global leader in digital marketing and digital media solutions. Their tools and services allow their customers to create groundbreaking digital content, deploy it across media and devices, measure and optimize it over time, and achieve greater business success. They help their customers make, manage, measure, and monetize their content across every channel and screen.

For more information visit the Adobe website.

CIW

CIW comprises the world's fastest growing vendor-neutral Web technology education and certification programs for professionals.

More than a certification or a curriculum publisher, CIW has become the educational standard adopted by academic institutions, governments and businesses worldwide for Web technology skills. CIW includes applications and competencies, but the core curriculum focuses on the foundational standards of the Web, including Web design, Web development and Web security.

CIW certifications verify that certified individuals have the skills necessary to master a technology-driven world. In today's competitive workplace, certified CIW professionals have proven abilities that set them apart from other Web professionals.

For more information visit the CIW website.

Microsoft

Microsoft Corporation is a multinational corporation that develops, manufactures, licenses, supports and sells computer software, consumer electronics and personal computers and services.

Microsoft's mission and values are to help people and businesses throughout the world realise their full potential.

A Microsoft Certification validates your expertise in a Microsoft technology. As a Microsoft Certified Professional, you'll have access to community resources and tools that allow you to exchange ideas with peers, increase your knowledge and skills, and broaden your career opportunities.

For more information visit the Microsoft website.

The Approved Courseware

Many of our online courses carry the Microsoft Certified Professional Approved Study Guide  and the Microsoft Office User Specialist logos.  The MCSE courses consist of all the core modules required to complete the seven exams that make up the MCSE qualification.

Our ECDL courseware also carries the Approved Courseware Syllabus Version 3.0 mark which is the sign of an accredited ECDL course.

Visit the Stonebridge IT School website at:
http://www.stonebridgeitschool.co.uk

Qualifications Register

Anyone who is studying for or has completed a course endorsed by an Ofqual approved awarding body is eligible to join Qualifications Register.  The Qualifications Register (QR) is an independent register that aims to serve both members of the public and those professionals who hold recognised qualifications.

QR's primary aim is to provide transparency to members of the public and employers. The QR is a searchable database that allows them to find a practitioner and view the relevant qualification and endorsements the practitioner holds. The member of the public is then able to make an informed decision in relation to the suitability of the practitioner.  QR also tracks whether practitioners have insurance, again something that is useful for members of the public.  QR can also help professionals gain insurance or find professional indemnity cover.  Click here to find out more.

Members of the public can check an independent source with complete confidence that the practitioner has the qualification(s) they claim to have and that any additional CPD the practitioner has, is verified and quality assured to make sure that the CPD is being done on a regular basis. QR tracks a practitioners endorsed CPD (in unison with our CPD accreditation partner Lifetime Awarding) and other key signals to help members of the public and employers to come to a more informed decision about the professional they intend to use. This is an enormously valuable signal that's increasingly important as business becomes more deregulated and privatised.

For practitioners QR helps you market your skills, endorsements and feedback transparently to a wider audience. It also gives you access to a community to help make you more able to progress and succeed in your field of expertise.  Click here to find out more.

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