Q: How do you accredit your training facility?
A: To become accredited you must become a member of IWCF by completing the membership form. Once you are a member you have to complete the accreditation application pack. The application pack is available to download from the members only section of the IWCF website. The application will require supplementary evidence such as physical resources, management resources, staff resources and course materials to be submitted.
Q: What is the difference between Primary, Secondary and Temporary centres?
A: The primary centre is the main centre for any organisation, usually but not necessarily the business address. This will be a permanent facility with secure storage for records. The instructors, assessors and simulators will be registered to the primary centre. The initial course at a primary centre will be audited by IWCF.
The secondary centre is a subsidiary of the primary centre. It should be a permanent facility and can utilise the instructors, assessors and simulators registered to the primary centre. Secondary centres will be subject to audit by IWCF.
The temporary centre is a subsidiary of the primary centre. This type of centre would be for one off courses and would typically include hotels, rented offices or offices located in another organisations premises. Accreditation will only be granted for a limited time of 12 weeks.
As the primary centre is in control of secondary and temporary centres, the primary centre accreditation may be at risk if the secondary or temporary centre is found to be in non-compliance.
Q: How do Primary centres add a Secondary or Temporary centre?
A: The process for accrediting a secondary or temporary centre is the same as for a primary centre. Where there is a commonality between the primary and secondary centres (e.g. course materials and staff) duplication in the submittal is not necessary.
The number of secondary and temporary centres will be limited by the number of simulators available (applicable to Drilling Level 3 and Level 4 only)
Q: Do accredited centres have to re-apply after a certain period of time for accreditation?
A: Following successful initial audit, the primary centre will be granted accreditation pending a four yearly audit. This also applies to secondary centres.
Temporary Centres are granted accreditation for a limited time of 12 weeks only however temporary centres can renew their accreditation at any time. Fees will apply for each new accreditation granted for temporary centres.
Q. Are there any fees applicable to accrediting a centre?
Initial Primary Centre accreditation: £6,776 / €8,135 / $11,520. This price includes all administration costs. An audit is required for all Primary Centre accreditations. If successful, accreditation would be granted for four years.
Accreditation for a new Secondary Centre: £5,082 / €6,100 / $8,640.
This price includes all administration costs. This fee assumes that the secondary centre has a management system in common with the primary centre and uses the same instructors/assessors and materials. An audit is required for all Secondary Centre accreditations. If successful, accreditation would be granted for four years.
Temporary Centre set-up fees:
Where an invigilator is already approved and available - £1,415 / €1,698 / $2,405
Where an invigilator must be sourced and trained - £2,540 / €3,048 / $4,318
Q. How long will it take to review application?
A: The accreditation team will require at least 20 working days to review applications. Please note processing times may vary depending on the volume of applications submitted.
Q: I’m interested in becoming an accredited Instructor or Assessor. What do I need to do?
A: Please visit our Accreditation instructor and assessor pages for further information and course calendar dates. Alternatively email email@example.com