What are ICM Endorsed Qualifications?
Endorsed Qualifications (EQs) are developed by an ICM Approved Centre and are reviewed for quality by ICM.
- Offer ICM Approved Centres with an opportunity to apply ICM quality assurance processes to Centre certification. This certification may include:
o Bespoke courses of learning such as existing developed training programmes or qualifications.
o Locally developed training programmes or qualifications adapted to suit the needs of specific Learners.
o Qualifications that fall outside of ICMs existing portfolio of qualifications.
- Aim to provide ICM Approved Centres with an additional quality measure to their Centre devised qualifications and are an effective way of ensuring Centre qualifications are aligned with ICM’s international level of quality and standards.
- Provide Centres, Learners, employers, and other stakeholders with confidence in Centre devised qualifications.
- Are sufficiently different to ICM qualifications or Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).
- Are not considered destined for placement on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).
- Are self-regulated by ICM and are not regulated by Ofqual.
ICM EQs can include but are not limited to:
- Attendance certificates
- Online training
- Seminars and workshops
- Short courses
- Award courses
- Certificate courses
- Diploma courses
The information required for the application will differ dependent on the ICM endorsed qualification assessment method:
- Where no assessment is required - the ICM endorsed qualification requires a certificate of attendance or certificate of participation. ICM Approved Centres must submit qualification information including but not limited to the learning outcomes and teaching content.
- Where Learners are assessed by examination - ICM Approved Centres must submit qualification and assessment information including but not limited to learning outcomes, assessment criteria (where applicable), teaching content and sample or past assessment materials (to include question papers and mark schemes).
- Where Learners are assessed by assignment or research project - ICM Approved Centres must submit qualification and assessment information including but not limited to learning outcomes, assessment criteria (where applicable), teaching content, assessment guidance to include assignment or project briefs.
- Where Learners are assessed by practical task or observation - ICM Approved Centres must submit qualification information including but not limited to learning outcomes, assessment criteria, teaching content, assessment guidance, internal quality assurance measures and teaching staff information.
Why choose ICM Endorsed Qualifications?
If there is a demand for qualifications which fall outside of ICM’s existing portfolio of qualifications and regulated qualifications, ICM work with ICM Approved Centres to support the development of Centre qualifications for endorsement from Entry Level to Level 7 following an initial application.
ICM is experienced in working with organisations around the world to develop fit for purpose qualifications that suit local needs. Offering ICM EQs enables Centres to have their own qualifications endorsed by an established international awarding organisation to support the quality and rigour of Centre qualifications. ICM EQs are designed to endorse and certify international standards in development practice to demonstrate that Centres provide quality assured learning through fit for purpose qualifications and assessments.
For information on fees please the ICM Endorsed Qualification Fees on our charging structure here.
Please note that Centres seeking ICM endorsement of their qualifications must be an ICM Approved Centre. ICM EQs must have a minimum of 10 Learners per qualification. For information on how to become an ICM Approved Centre visit applying for Approved Centre Status here. Read the ICM Guide to ICM Endorsed Qualifications to determine if Centres have the required documentation and information prior to submitting an application.
How to Apply
The ICM Endorsed Qualification Application Form requires the applicant to have a Google account therefore you will need to sign in with/set up a Google account, for guidance on how to do this click here. Complete the ICM Endorsed Qualification Application form here. The final section of this form requires details of an authorised contact at your Centre to sign a pre-approval agreement, please ensure you have their details available (full name and email address). ICM endorsed qualification applications are reviewed and returned within 20 business days with any further information requests or approval confirmation and next steps.