Is it really free?
Yes it is. We accredit CPD Providers free of charge. Simply go to the Apply for Free page and complete the form.
Where’s the catch?
We know it’s difficult to believe but there isn’t one.
Are there additional costs?
The only additional costs would be if the provider would like their CPD Activities Accredited.
Are there any set-up costs?
No. Although a lot of our work is in the initial accreditation and registering we prefer to work with our customer’s. Their income comes from running/providing training or events. They don’t get their income upfront so we don’t ask for it either.
Are there any hidden costs?
You need me to send a number of policy documents. What if I don’t have them?
Don’t worry. This is very common. We have our own template policies for each of the ones we request. The Apply for Free page allows you to request ours. Even if you have your own policies, you might want to look at ours so you can add or adapt if there are parts you like. We strongly believe in spreading best practice.
What if we don’t have all the necessary documentation?
Don’t worry, we can help with that, if you don’t have all or some of the documentation, we can point you in the right direction
Do you have templates or profiles for accrediting activities?
We don’t have/use a fixed criteria for accrediting as we accredit things from Professional Seminars and Conferences to First-Aid and Healthcare courses across all business sectors. When it comes to learning we don’t believe in ‘One size fits all’.
The accrediting team look for good quality learning (or education) which is clear, concise and fit for the target audience. They use NOS guidelines where available (or applicable) and map the course/activity against national guidelines. Where these are not available they are guided by professionals within the chosen business sector.
In short, we believe in ‘Fit for Purpose’ rather than ‘Fits in a Box’.
How long does it take to get courses/activities accredited?
Typically, assuming you have sent us everything in application form, around 2-3 weeks.
Why are you so much cheaper than other accreditation services?
We are often asked why we charge so much less than other accreditation services. When we set up our company we were determined to use the best, most up-to-date technology we could to make us as efficient as possible. These cost savings are passed on which is why we can charge what we do.
We also felt strongly against charging a large up-front registration fee, which our customers would have to finance. Instead we take a small monthly fee depending on how many activities/courses you have accredited. After all, our customer’s income is earned by running these activities over a period.
How safe are my courses?
We appreciate that courses or work you send us is your IP. Any work we are sent is covered by a strict Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA). No-one outside of the accreditation process will be shown or given your work.
What will I receive once my work has been accredited?
Once accredited, we will send you confirmation that that your activity has been accredited. We will issue you a unique activity logo which includes the activity registration number, which can be verified against the CPD Register. The logo also includes the CPD Credits awarded for the activity. The logo is yours to be used as you see fit. It can be used for any publicity or marketing but should be added to any certificate you issue as it contains the CPD Credits and the verification registration number for searching on the CPD Register.
What happens if my work doesn’t pass accreditation?
If the accreditation team don’t pass your work, you will receive feedback on what they felt was the issue. This would usually be that there are critical areas from the mapping work not covered in the ‘Learning’, but whatever the reason you will get useful comments. We do want to accredit work but it needs to achieve the necessary learning outcomes. Customers who receive this feedback tell us this was very useful and allowed them to develop a better training activity.
Within the world of CPD the words: Credits, Points and Hours are all used; basically, they are the same thing. The definition of a CPD Credit, Point or Hour is the time that a learner or delegate is expected to be in “active learning”.
Yes, we work closely with our Accredited Providers every step of the way and are always a phone call or an email away!
Do you charge to re-accredit activities?
No. Our accreditation is for up-to 3 years at which time it would need re-accrediting. As research/technology/new thinking advances most courses are ‘out-of-date’ well before that three-year period so we would expect customers to re-evaluate courses and update as necessary. At this point we would hope/expect our CPD Providers re-accredit their course/activity. We do not charge to re-accredit as we see this as part of our customer service to our CPD Providers. In reality, you could say it’s CPD for CPD Providers and fits with the overall ethos.
Can I change plans or cancel at any time?
You can upgrade your accreditation plan however if you decide to cancel, you will not be able to use the accreditation logo for your CPD Activity (please see T&C’s).
How many CPD Activities can we have accredited?
It’s entirely up to you, we have standard plans for up-to 20 CPD Activities but there is no limit… we just need to look at what you want accrediting and work something out
Is this accreditation only recognised in the UK?
No, our accreditation is used by ‘Learners and Students’ across the world. In most areas of the world, all Continuing Professional Development training is known as CPD, however in some countries (USA & those who follow their principles) they also have sub-categories (I.e. CME – Continuing Medical Education, CLE – Continuing Legal Education). As long as the CPD ‘earned’ is relevant to the individual’s professional development, CPD can be recorded/accepted as either CME/CLE etc. The reverse also applies.