Why a regulated qualification?

When undertaking any form of education or training, it is important to ensure that it aligns with your personal objectives, future goals and career aspirations. Undertaking a qualification is a big commitment, both in terms of time and money, so you need to make sure that you choose the correct one for you.

Regulated qualifications are those that are developed by awarding organisations and are monitored by regulatory bodies against identified criteria and specific quality standards. This regulation ensures that the qualification meets appropriate standards, is fit for purpose and contains relevant content. These are criteria that are important to all stakeholders; from employers and customers to educational institutions, should you wish to progress onto further study.

How are qualifications regulated?

In order for a qualification to be regulated they must be listed on one or more of the Registers of Regulated Qualifications or database. To be included on this register, qualifications must have been approved by at least one regulatory body to ensure they meet the appropriate standards; in the UK there are four main regulatory bodies – Ofqual, CCEA, QW and SQA. Regulatory bodies monitor an awarding organisation’s design, development and the delivery of regulated qualifications and, if a qualification is found to fall short of the required standards, they have the power to withdraw it.

Which regulatory bodies are VetSkill recognised with?

VetSkill is recognised by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) and the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) to award qualifications in England and Northern Ireland. VetSkill qualifications are recognised throughout the UK.

What is an awarding organisation?

An awarding organisation is an organisation that is recognised by one of the regulatory bodies to develop and award qualifications. VetSkill is an awarding organisation recognised by Ofqual and CCEA. This recognition means we have been rigorously assessed to ensure that we have the systems, resources, capabilities and expertise in place to develop and award regulated qualifications. By undertaking a VetSkill qualification, you can be assured that it will be fit for purpose and recognised across the UK.