CAN UK Validation involves a thorough evaluation of the course content, delivery modes, and quality assurance arrangements. The course is then benchmarked against the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications Degree-Awarding Bodies in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (FHEQ), the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) and the European Qualification Framework (EQF) qualification systems. Courses will also be benchmarked against the UK National Occupational Standards (NOS). After the evaluation, the course is assigned a benchmarked level (e.g. Level 3) and credit value, if applicable, to provide students and employees with information about the level of difficulty and size of their course of study.

​Validation of your courses allows you to demonstrate the quality of your programmes, CAN UK Validated awards are written and owned by you and have the added benefit of a UK Validation organisation stamp of approval. Training programmes and courses include a wide range of informal learning opportunities and in-house training, such as online or face to face training in the workplace, webinars, presentations, seminars, CPD courses and workshops. Students must be registered with CAN UK in order to receive UK validated certification of achievement at the end of their course of study. Registration fee includes centre examination preparation, certificate of achievement (list of modules completed) and course certificate of completion. Additional service includes CPD certification for seminars, workshops, and conferences. We work with Ofqual recognised Awarding Bodies to ensure that our validation procedures are of the required standard. 

CAN UK validation package offers:

  • a simple approval process that recognises course and training content and materials 

  • guidance to enhance programme design and delivery

  • guidelines to national occupational standards

  • independent audit and external quality assurance,

  • opportunities to improve recruitment, increase retention and motivate learners

  • if your organisation wishes to become a CAN UK Validated Awards Centre, we also offer certification for Centre Approval


Please Note that your courses and training programmes will be certified through CAN UK as non-regulated courses. These courses remain the property of your institution.

Students Please Note: If you wish to use CAN UK Validated Awards for progression to other areas of study or the workplace, we advise you to check the acceptability of these awards with the institution or employer prior to study.

Application Process

STEP 1 – Contact us to request course module forms

Please fill in the Course Validation Interest form below or get in touch by phone to register your interest.


STEP 2 – The Application

The Course Approval application documents and guidance notes will be forwarded to your organisation. Please note that your programme must be approved by CAN UK before any learner registrations can be made.


STEP 3 – Assessment of Application

A CAN UK panel with academic and specific industry expertise will consider the material submitted. As a result the application will either be referred for a visit (Stage 4) or an Action Plan may be provided to the centre in order to assist them in meeting the requirements of the Course Approval. Additional information may be requested in both cases.


STEP 4 – Course Approval Visit

In most cases a Course Approval Visit will be required as part of the decision-making process. This visit will be arranged with your organisation in advance and once all payment has been received. The main purpose of the Course Approval Visit is to discuss the application with staff and review resources and facilities. We might request clarification if specific issues are raised by CAN UK members at the visit, otherwise the application progresses to Stage 5. 


STEP 5 – Course Approval Decision

The CAN UK panel will review the course(s) submitted and if satisfied with all details, an offer to licence the course for a given period will be made subject to any Conditions and/or Recommendation agreed. A timescale for on-going review will be set and visits planned to meet and support tutors and provide seminars to students if.

Once Course Approval has been granted, the centre will be allowed to use the CAN UK logo. Please note: All uses of the CAN UK logo must be approved beforehand.

Course Validation Interest

CAN UK welcomes enquiries from all organisations. If you would like to validate your course(s), please complete the form below and a member of the team will be in contact with you. Your information will not be shared or used for any other means other than for information regarding course validation.

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