Apprenticeship - England and Wales Provider information

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Download a Framework

To access all our frameworks for England and Wales please follow the link.

Study Guides

To access and order our study guides to assist learners completing their Apprenticeship please follow the link.

Payment for Certification - England and Wales

FEDERATION FOR INDUSTRY SECTOR SKILLS AND STANDARDS (FISSS) - the designated Certifying Authority for Apprenticeships in England and Wales.  To manage this process the Federation developed a bespoke, online system, known as Apprenticeship Certificates England (ACE) and Apprenticeship Certificates Wales (ACW). Through this system the Federation delegates responsibility to individual Certification Bodies (Sector Skills Councils and Standard Setting Bodies). 

ACE and ACW is a web based system designed to enable access to training providers, employers and apprentices to request Apprenticeship completion certificates.  The Federation has developed a centralised payment system for all Apprenticeship completion certifications processed on the systems.

There are two options for paying through the payment system, either:

1. Pre-pay - this option will allow you to bulk buy credits1 for certificates that will be added to a balance on the systems, and deducted when certificates are processed.

2. One off payment (pay at submission) – This option will allow you to use a credit/debit card to pay for the certificate when you submit the Apprenticeship certification claim for approval.

The following Guidance from FISSS explains how payment can be made - Certificates remain at £22 each.

Consent Form - England

Apprentice Declaration Form – this must be signed by the learner and the training provider.  The completion date on ACE must reflect the latest date of signing the Declaration Form.  If both the apprentice and training provider sign at the same time, this date must be used.  If the training provider signs later than the apprentice, the later date must be used.

The Apprentice name must be in block capitals and must contain full christian name and surname.  This should exactly match the name entered on ACE.  Please check that names are spelt correctly and in the relevant field, forename and surname.  Lantra are not able to amend this for you.

All tick boxes (where relevant) on the form should be completed and dated, please do not leave any gaps.

To download an Apprentice Declaration Form please click here.

Apprenticeship Certificate Claim Form - Wales

Apprenticeship Certificate Claim Form must be signed by the training provider.

To download an Apprenticeship Certificate Claim Form please click here.

Certification Details, acceptable evidence ......

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Specification for Apprenticeship Standards in England (SASE) and Wales (SASW)

The SASE and SASW is the criteria that all Apprenticeship frameworks have to meet so they can attract government funding. All Apprenticeship frameworks will need to comply with SASE/SASW.

Guidance from FISSS

The following link will take you to the knowledge base page which contains links to various guidance documents, such as ACE transferable skills Feb 2015, ACE user manual, Bulk upload manual etc.

Employee Rights and Responsibilities Workbooks (ERR)

We have designed workbooks to help you when starting an Apprenticeship. They help you understand issues such as your contract of employment, legislation related to your work such as health and safety and employment legislation that you and your employer should follow.

Download the ERR Workbook for your Framework.

Additional Employer Requirements

If you have a new learner who wants to complete an additional employer requirement that is not listed within the framework, please contact our Apprenticeship Certificate Administrator for confirmation that it will be accepted as a substitute. Please do not wait until the learner has completed the Apprenticeship. This will be too late to correct if we disagree and will disadvantage the learner.Contact our Apprenticeship Certificate Administrator on 02476 858 431.

Although Additional Employer Requirements are no longer mandatory within SASE frameworks they are recommended.  If you wish to upload evidence of these to ACE please use the Additional Documents tab within the certification evidence section.

Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (England only)

Awarding Organisations have designed records of achievement to help you throughout your Apprenticeship. They help you understand Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS) such as team working and self management.

Download the PLTS for your industry

Total Guided Learning Hours

For total guided learning hours (GLH) and a breakdown of on and off the job GLH please refer to the relevant framework.


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