Safety Training Awards specialises in qualifications for the leisure industry and is regulated by Ofqual (England) and Qualifications Wales, and accredited by SQA Accreditation (Scotland).
STA uses the Approved Training Centre (ATC) model to ensure our regulated qualifications are available across the UK, promoting consistency, high standards and public confidence in the qualifications we make available.
In order to deliver STA regulated qualifications you must become an Approved Training Centre (ATC). An ATC is any business, organisation or tutor which has the required resources and competence to deliver, tutor, assess and quality assure qualifications whilst meeting our approval criteria.
The ATC model includes any business, organisation or tutor who wish to offer regulated qualifications. This could be an educational establishment, such as a school or college, or a training provider.
The ATC Model
How to Become an Approved Training Centre (ATC)
To become an ATC, businesses/organisations/tutors need to gain centre approval status with Safety Training Awards by reading and understanding the ATC manual and by completing an ATC agreement (application form), providing evidence that the relevant resources, policies and procedures are in place to ensure continuous adherence to the relevant regulations and requirements.
International ATCs choosing to deliver STA qualifications
The UK regulators have implemented new regulations in relation to the verification process for UK regulated qualifications. Due to these changes STA are implementing a new policy for International ATCs – where English is a first language the International ATC will be able to continue offering STAs UK regulated qualifications, if English is not a first language the International ATC will no longer be able to offer STAs UK regulated qualifications. However, they will be able to offer STAs new unregulated courses.
Click here for more information on STA’s unregulated courses.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
As an international organisation with many international members, our unregulated courses have been created to offer flexibility for tutors and employers in countries, which do not follow UK legislation, Health and Safety Executive (HSE) or professional body requirements. The courses have been shaped to offer a high standard of quality training, but by being unregulated, tutors delivering them overseas do not need to be attached to an ATC.