Recognition of excellence in training delivery

Accreditation is the formal recognition of good practice and is a system used by educational institutions and organisations as a ‘stamp of approval’ and recognition for the quality of the service or goods they provide. Our accreditation service for training providers in England, recognises excellence in training and qualifications in hospitality, tourism, passenger transport and travel. Employers and potential students can use the system to find the best training providers in our industry, while training providers can use it to showcase best practice and learn how to improve.

If a hospitality training provider is already accredited and teaches a specialist area such as Asian and Oriental cuisine, patisserie and confectionery or  food and beverage service, it can apply to become a Centre of Excellence.

The benefits of accreditation

Colleges and providers can use their accredited status to show learners they are an outstanding place to study, while the awarded logo tells employers that the organisation is seen as one of the best places to develop skilled staff to meet their business needs. As a result of being accredited, training providers should see more employers and individuals approach their organisation for training opportunities.

How to become accredited

The accreditation process is made up of four stages. Stage one is an online application where you will answer a series of questions and upload evidence to support your application; in stage two we will review your application and supporting evidence. Stage three is a verification visit where we will come to your organisation to cross check your online application. Stage four is the employer approvals panel, where all the evidence from the previous stages is presented to a panel of employers, who will come to a final decision about your accreditation status.


Apply to become accredited

Providers offering training and qualifications in hospitality and tourism - find out more about the accreditation criteria and apply for accreditation via the Hospitality Guild portal. 

Providers offering training and qualifications in passenger transport and travel - find out more about the accreditation criteria and apply for accreditation via the Careers that Move portal.

For more information on accreditation contact the accreditation team.

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Why work with accredited colleges?

Download our PDF brochures to find out how working with an accredited college can benefit you as an employer:

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Identify providers that have been recognised for their excellence in training delivery