A: There is no grace period for IWCF certificates.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: If a candidate passes a Level 2 assessment, how long do they have to wait until they can attend a Level 3 course?
A: There are no formal time restrictions imposed between levels, however there are restrictions in place due to IWCF enrolment timescales. For example; A candidate cannot enrol on to a Level 3 course until a verified pass at Level 2 has been achieved which can take up to 10 days.
A: To book on to an IWCF course please contact an IWCF accredited centre. To find an IWCF accredited centre near you, please visit our locations map.
Your chosen accredited centre will be able to confirm the next available course dates and fees involved.
A: If a candidate has a certificate which is currently valid and wishes to renew their qualification, they can visit an accredited training centre during the 90-day period before their current certificate expires. If the candidate is successful in their re-qualification programme, the issue date on their new certificate will be the date following the expiry of their current certificate. This is providing that the re-qualification is in the same programme and at the same level as the current certificate.
A: Candidates who pass examinations are granted with a temporary eCert which lasts for 90 days. Candidates full eCerts will then be issued during this period and will be available to view in their FORUM accounts.
Accreditation - Frequently Asked Questions
A: The first step to becoming an accredited training centre is to become a member of IWCF. Once your membership has been approved you can complete the accreditation application pack which can be found in the Members Login Area. The application will require supplementary evidence to be submitted for physical resources, management resources, staff resources and course materials.
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 first course at a primary centre will be audited by IWCF.
The associate centre is a subsidiary of the primary centre. It should be a permanent facility and can use the instructors, assessors and simulators registered to the primary centre. Associate centres will be audited by IWCF.
As the primary centre is in control of the associate centre, the primary centre accreditation may be at risk if the associate centre is non-compliant.
A: The process for accrediting an associate centre is the same as for a primary centre.
If any areas of the application are the same for both the primary and associate centre for example course materials, instructors or assessors, this does not need to be submitted again in the application for associate accreditation.
A: From January 2020 all primary and associate centres will renew their accreditation annually. The centre accreditation renewal fees are as follows:
- Primary centre: £995
- Associate centre: £495
Only one associate renewal fee will be charged regardless of the number of associate centres linked to a primary. The date this renewal will take place will be based on when the most recent associate centre was accredited.
A: The initial costs for primary centre accreditation are: £2,500 / €3,000 / $3,750. This price includes all administration costs.
The initial costs for associate centre accreditation are: £1,500 / €1,800 / $2,250. This price includes all administration costs. This fee assumes that the associate centre has a management system in common with the primary centre and uses the same instructors/assessors and materials.
The cost of adding additional associate centres from then on is £200 / €240 / $300 per associate centre.
The cost of upgrading an associate centre to a primary centre are: £1,000 / €1,200 / $1,500.
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.