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Four Steps to Become Approved to Deliver an Additional Qualification

If you’re already a 1st4sport recognised centre and now want to add to your qualification provision, you need to complete this four-step process.

STEP 1: Choose the additional qualification(s) you are interested in delivering.

There are plenty of qualifications to choose from. Take your pick from over 150 accredited qualifications by visiting the ‘Our Qualifications’ section of the website.

STEP 2: Complete the online screening process to confirm your eligibility to deliver the qualification in line with the 1st4sport Qualification Approval Criteria.

Once you’ve chosen the qualification you want to become approved to deliver you need to make sure your organisation has an appropriately qualified workforce and the facilities to offer it.

To do this, you need to review the Qualification Approval Criteria via our web-based online form. You then need to confirm you are able to meet these criteria by ticking the relevant boxes and clicking the submit button at the end of the online form. You can find the link to this form at the bottom of Centre Qualification website pages in the ‘How do I Apply?’ section. For example, view the 1st4sport Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Football (QCF) criteria.

We aim to respond to the information we receive via this process within two working days.

We advise that you take care when ticking to confirm that you meet the criteria as we will make a number of quality checks at a later stage to ensure that your statements are true and accurate.

STEP 3: Complete the Qualification Approval Application form.

Once you have completed the screening process, we will create and submit the Qualification Approval Application to you via Athena, our web-based quality assurance system, supplied by Creatio. You will be sent a guidance document, providing you with information to help you complete your application.

Once you have completed this application, you need to send it to us by clicking the submit button, which is clearly signposted in Athena. We will then review your application.

STEP 4: Your qualification approval status is confirmed.

We aim to review applications within five working days of receipt. In the event that we require additional information, we will return the application to you via the system and you will be sent an automated email, informing you that it has been returned. Please access the system and open the application to review the public comments contained in the section of the form that you completed. Respond to the feedback and resubmit the form to us.

Once we have reviewed your application, we will confirm by email your suitability to deliver the qualification and will close the application within the system, confirming ‘approval granted’ or ‘approval declined’.

This process usually takes 10 working days. So, if you have a date in mind when you plan to offer your course, please make sure you allow enough time to complete this process.