Approved Training Centres

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

Centre Co-Ordinator

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

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 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 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.

Go to ATC Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

We have produced a series of frequently asked to questions to support those who may have questions about the ATC model.

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