Become a Highfield-approved centre

More and more training providers are working with Highfield...

With our extensive range of qualifications and supporting materials, and our award-winning service, Highfield is increasingly becoming the awarding organisation of choice for training providers that value high standards and great customer care.

We're committed to developing industry-leading qualifications and supporting resources that each year help thousands of businesses and hundreds of thousands of learners achieve success.

We don’t like to blow our own trumpet, but we feel the results speak for themselves, with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in 2016 and the 2018 Awarding Organisation of the Year accolade in our trophy cabinet.

And we pride ourselves on our well-earned reputation as one of the most thorough, professional and reliable awarding organisations in the business.

So, if you’re interested in joining a winning team, find out more below.

Why Highfield?

Highfield is one of the UK’s leading awarding organisations for work-based learning and apprenticeship qualifications. Regulated by Ofqual, SQA, Qualifications Wales and CCEA, we’re accredited to award qualifications right across the UK, although our qualifications are delivered by centres all over the world.

As one of the UK’s leading awarding organisations, our centres form a significant part of the UK’s training sector and play a pivotal role in the training and upskilling of the UK’s workforce with high quality qualifications and learning programmes.

As well as a wide range of qualifications covering everything from food safety to high-speed rail, we have one of the best packages for centres available in the learning sector.

You'll receive:

  • • your own dedicated account manager, with a backup to cover holidays and absences
  • • your calls answered within three rings, by a human (no automated phone systems for us!)
  • • a response to all emails within 24 hours
  • • a 7-day turnaround on all certificates from the receipt of paperwork
  • • free e-assessment and instant results with registrations purchased on selected qualifications (with more in development)
  • • dedicated and knowledgeable staff
  • • the opportunity to have your courses listed free on our CourseFinder Plus website
  • • discounts on Highfield events
  • • ongoing support from our team to help develop your business
  • • the ability to add tutors at no cost to your centres
  • • prompt and authoritative updates on regulatory changes
  • • the chance to network with other centres at our workshops
  • • regular special offers only available to Highfield centres
  • • the opportunity to provide regular feedback on our level of service

And as a family-run business, we believe in family values. We will always:

  • • provide you with honest and accurate information
  • • advise you on the best option
  • • put good advice and our relationship with you before profit

If you would like to find out more information about Highfield Qualifications before you start the application process, please download our Welcome Pack.

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How much does it cost?

We charge a one-off registration fee of £450 plus VAT to become a Highfield-approved centre.

Depending on the qualifications you intend to offer (such as security qualifications or Scottish qualifications), a visit by Highfield personnel may be required at a cost of £300 plus VAT.

Approval for the delivery of functional skills, personal development, and education and training require a support interview from our team (this is a free service).

A full outline of fees can be found here.

Overseas Centre Application Fee - Please contact for further information.

How to become a Highfield-approved centre

  1. Fill in the online application form
  2. You'll then receive a username and password to complete the centre approval
  3. We'll assign you an account manager to help with the rest of your application
  4. Provide a short paragraph or upload your policies to show how you meet the criteria
  5. Sign and return the centre declaration
  6. Provide details of your nominated tutors
  7. Read the Centre Code of Conduct Agreement and return it to us
  8. Receipt of your application will be acknowledged within one working day
  9. Your application will be reviewed and, all being well, could be accepted within 7 working days

What policies are required for my application?

You'll need to send us copies of the following documentation for us to process your application:

  • • quality assurance policy
  • • organisation chart
  • • malpractice and maladministration policy
  • • feedback form
  • • complaints policy
  • • appeals policy
  • • equality and diversity policy
  • • health and safety policy

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* If your application is unsuccessful or you choose to withdraw your application, Highfield cannot issue a refund. Highfield conducts several quality assurance checks on applications; these checks are reviewed continually to maintain our high-quality standards. The application fee covers the administrative costs and processes behind all applications. Highfield may decline an application for approval at its absolute discretion. Highfield’s application process is confidential and no feedback will be provided on the specific checks undertaken as part of this quality assurance process, or the reason to decline an application. Please note that, until an application is approved by Highfield in writing, no contract comes into existence. By submitting an application form and accompanying fee, you are deemed to have accepted the conditions set out in this paragraph.

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