ICM Endorsed Qualifications (EQs) offer ICM Approved Centres with an opportunity to apply ICM quality assurance processes to their certification for existing and locally developed training programmes and qualifications which fall outside of ICMs existing portfolio of qualifications and regulated qualifications. ICM EQs 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.
ICM EQs therefore provide Centres, Learners, employers, and other stakeholders with confidence in Centre devised qualifications. ICM EQs can include but are not limited to:
The information required for the application will differ dependent on the ICM endorsed qualification assessment method:
When reviewing an application, ICM consider the Centre’s rationale for developing the qualification(s) and why existing ICM qualifications do not suit the Centre and Learner needs. It is important that the submitted qualification to be endorsed is not similar with existing ICM qualifications to avoid misleading Learners; it is the responsibility of the Centre to ensure that the submitted qualification(s) are not similar to any ICM qualifications or regulated qualifications. While ICM as an AO is recognised by Ofqual, ICM EQs are self-regulated by ICM and are not regulated by Ofqual.
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.
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.