The following article is by Ann Gravells, Author and Education Consultant.
If you are a practitioner in the further education, training and skills’ sector, it can be confusing knowing which qualification you should hold.
I say ‘should’ hold, but you might not need one since the deregulation of qualifications in England in 2013 (there are different requirements for the other nations).
It’s now the responsibility of the individual employer, college or university to make the decision as to what qualifications their staff should hold. However, there might be requirements to hold certain teaching and/or subject qualifications as part of the programme being taught and assessed.
Practitioners are ‘dual professionals’ i.e. they are a subject expert as well as a teacher, trainer, assessor or quality assurer.
Teachers and trainers
The most popular qualifications for teachers and trainers are the:
- Level 3 Award in Education and Training (AET)
- Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training (CET)
- Level 5 Diploma in Education (and Specialised Diploma) (DET).