Approved Training Centres

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).

Our aim as an awarding organisation is to promote consistency, high standards and learner/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

Awarding Organisation Regulators

Ofqual (England)
Qualifications Wales (Wales)
SQA Accreditation (Scotland)

Safety Training Awards (STA)

The awarding organisation, responsible for developing qualifications and providing the standards for the delivery, assessment and internal quality assurance of the regulated qualification

External Quality Assurers (EQA)

Works with Safety Training Awards to monitor the activity of Internal Quality Assurers (IQA), and to ensure the integrity of qualifications and assessment delivery

Approved Training Centre (ATC)

A business, organisation or tutor who delivers Safety Training Awards’ qualifications

Centre Co-ordinator

The main point of contact within the Approved Training Centre and is responsible for the day to day activity, organising STA courses, to ensure the delivery, assessment and internal quality assurance meet STA requirements

Internal Quality Assurer (IQA)

Responsible for carrying out internal quality assurance monitoring activities of STA Tutors and Assessors in line with the requirements set out by Safety Training Awards

STA Tutors

Delivers courses to learners undertaking Safety Training Awards’ qualifications

STA Assessors

Assesses the learners to ensure they have met the standards required to pass the course


The end-user who attends a Safety Training Awards course to gain a qualification

How to Become an Approved Training Centre (ATC)

There is no cost to gain ATC status with Safety Training Awards.

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.

Go to ATC Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

We have produced a series of frequently asked questions to support those who may wish to apply to become an ATC or have questions about the ATC model.

Go to Frequently Asked Questions