Formal qualifications (as distinct from bespoke courses) are designed and accredited by the various awarding bodies in the UK.

At Create Skills we are accredited by City & Guilds and Institute of Leadership & Management. Click on the links to find out more about each one.


City & Guilds


A global leader in skills education, City & Guilds Group helps people get into a job, progress in their career, and move onto the next challenge. Founded in 1878, City & Guilds is a charity that remain committed to their purpose, and reinvest their surplus into education and student support programmes.

City & Guilds offers more than 500 qualifications over the whole range of industry sectors through 8500 colleges and training providers in 81 countries worldwide. Two million people every year start City & Guilds qualifications, which span all levels from basic skills to the highest standards of professional achievement (Honours, Master and Doctorate levels equivalent).

Founded in 1878 by the City of London and 16 livery companies – the traditional guardians of work-based training – to develop a national system of technical education, City & Guilds has been operating under Royal Charter (RC117), granted by Queen Victoria, since 1900. The Prince of Wales later King Edward VII was then appointed the first President of the Institute.

City & Guilds is a registered charity (no. 312832). The Institute’s president is now HRH The Princess Royal who accepted this role in June 2011 (following her father HRH The Duke of Edinburgh who held the position for nearly 60 years), and the current Chairman of Council is Michael Howell. The Chairman Sir John Armitt, took office in November 2012.

Institute of Leadership & Management


The ILM plays a part in approving many leadership courses and accrediting centres − ILM is an institution that is widely recognised by employers and education throughout the UK.

ILM qualifications are practically based, designed to complement the individual’s role at work. Aligned to the UK’s Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF), ILM qualifications begin at level 2, such as the ILM Award in Team Leading, and continue up to level 7, such as the ILM Diploma in Strategic Leadership and Executive Management.

ILM also offers NVQs; these include the Level 5 NVQ in Management. Other specialist qualifications cover skills in volunteer management, business start-up, coaching, and personnel management. All ILM qualifications have been accredited by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual).

Five grades of membership entitle the member to use post-nominal letters – Affiliate (AInstLM), Associate Member (AMInstLM), Member (MInstLM), Fellow (FInstLM) and Companion (CInstLM). The highest grade is Companionship — for senior executives selected by the Institute.

Members receive a wide range of services to help with their Continuous Professional Development (CPD) including access to e-books, e-courses, events, and specialist management help.



NCFE is a national Awarding Organisation, passionate about designing, developing and certificating diverse, nationally recognised qualifications and awards. These qualifications contribute to the success of millions of learners at all levels, bringing them closer to fulfilling their personal goals. Last year alone, over 340,000 learners from over 2,000 colleges, schools and training organisations chose NCFE as the Awarding Organisation to help them move their careers forward.

NCFE is a registered educational charity and has a strong heritage in learning, going back over 150 years. With a buzz that sets it apart, NCFE is proud to be recognised for its exceptional customer service and friendly approach. We’re a values based company and our values are at the heart of everything we do.

NCFE’s extensive product catalogue includes a wide range of general and vocationally related QCF qualifications in a variety of subject areas, as well as Competence Based qualifications/NVQs, and Functional Skills qualifications.

NCFE is recognised as an Awarding Organisation by the qualification regulators (‘regulators’) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The regulators are the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) in England, the Welsh Government in Wales and the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) in Northern Ireland.



The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) is the only chartered professional body in the UK that is committed to promoting the highest standards in management and leadership and the professional home of managers and leaders. CMI developed the UK’s very first diploma in management studies and since this time have further developed their service offer to ensure they are at the forefront of all aspects of management training. CMI’s practical qualifications are ideal for managers and leaders at any level. CMI offer all learners the opportunity to develop their management skills and thinking by tapping into their extensive resource bank, Management Direct. CMI are internationally recognised for their quality and excellence, ensuring flexible ways of supporting learners and employers.