Safety Training Awards specialises in qualifications for the leisure industry and is regulated by Ofqual (England), Qualifications Wales, CCEA (Northern Ireland) 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), Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA, Northern Ireland), SQA Accreditation (Scotland)
Safety Training Awards (STA)
The awarding organisation, responsible for developing qualifications and providing oversight of assessment and delivery
External Quality Assurers (EQA)
Works with Safety Training Awards to monitor the activity of Internal Quality Assurers, 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
The main point of contact within the approved training centre responsible for day-to-day centre activity
Internal Quality Assurer (IQA)
Responsible for monitoring the activity of tutors and assessors
Delivers courses to learners undertaking Safety Training Awards’ qualifications
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)
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 application form, providing evidence that they have the resources, policies and procedures in place to ensure continuous adherence to the relevant regulations and requirements. The ATC manual, application form and all other resources for ATCs are available to download from the resources section of our website.
Frequently Asked Questions
- You must meet Safety Training Awards’ approval criteria
- Meet Safety Training Awards’ requirements to deliver and assess regulated qualifications
- To provide adequate training facilities and equipment to learners
- Issue all pre-course information to learners and support them throughout the learner journey
- Deliver and assess all qualifications in accordance with Safety Training Awards’ qualification specifications
- Maintain accurate records to meet Safety Training Awards’ and legislative data retention requirements.
To meet the ATC approval criteria, you must have sufficient resources, systems, policies and procedures in place to ensure there is no negative impact on any learner journey.