Running CPCAB qualifications online

During the 2019-20 teaching year we saw the immense success of centres where online delivery was embraced and how it was used to enhance the learning environment for many learners.

Following guidance from our regulators and consultation with staff, centres, and learners we are pleased to offer CPCAB centres the opportunity to deliver our qualifications online beyond the end of the pandemic restrictions.

How can my centre start delivering CPCAB qualifications online?

We're giving permissions for some of our qualifications to be offered in an online or blended format.

From 1st September 2022 the following permissions will be applicable to all our qualifications. This replaces the previous flexible pandemic arrangements.

If you’re keen to continue offering some or all of our qualifications online, you’ll need to:

  • Apply for post-pandemic online delivery approval from us. The application asks for details of your centre’s intention and ability to deliver high-quality online or blended training.
  • Commit to working within the new CPCAB Quality Framework for Online Delivery, to support you to deliver the very best quality of online teaching and learning. We’ll review your work with this framework through our regular Quality Assurance processes.
  • CPCAB online delivery permissions summary

    100% face-to-face delivery

    Blended delivery (part face-to-face, part online)

    100% online delivery
    ELSK-L2
    USM-L2
    ICSK-L2
    CSK-L2
    CST-L3
    LCS-L3
    Allowed Allowed Allowed
    TC-L4
    LC-L4
    Allowed Up to 25% of GLH can be delivered online

    Up to 49% of placement hours can be online/telephone
    Not suitable for fully online delivery
    TC-L4 BACP APQ Not allowed Up to 25% of GLH can be delivered online

    Up to 49% of placement hours can be online/telephone
    Not suitable for fully online delivery
    PC-L5
    CBT-L5
    TCSU-L6
    Allowed Allowed

    The maximum percentage of online placement hours will depend on the individual’s own practice methods. No CPCAB limit is set.
    Allowed
    CYP-L5 Allowed Up to 50% of GLH can be delivered online

    Up to 49% of placement hours can be online/telephone
    Not suitable for fully online delivery
    CPCAB Tailormade Qualifications Allowed Allowed

    No online ratios are set. Applications will be considered on an individual basis.

    High level of synchronous delivery expected
    Allowed

    No online ratios are set. Applications will be considered on an individual basis.

    High level of synchronous delivery expected
    CPCAB CPD Endorsement Programmes Allowed Allowed

    No online ratios are set. Applications will be considered on an individual basis.

    Some delivery may be asynchronous.
    Allowed

    No online ratios are set. Applications will be considered on an individual basis.

    Some delivery may be asynchronous.

    All online delivery GLH for regulated qualifications must be fully synchronous. We acknowledge the benefits of asynchronous delivery, but this must be counted as TQT (self-study) and not GLH (guided learning hours).

    CPCAB's Quality Framework for Online Delivery

    Our new Quality Framework for Online Delivery is a multi-purpose framework. It obliges centres to consider the additional competences required when delivering online, and it encourages tutors and centre staff to positively engage with the potential of online delivery methods and foster best practice. It's also a 'quality stamp' on qualification delivery that a learner can expect when studying a CPCAB qualification online, in comparison to many other online or distance offerings which may not hold themselves to such best practice guidelines.

    How can centres apply to offer online delivery?

    Centres wishing to continue to offer qualifications online after 1st September 2022 should complete the application form below and email it to natalie@cpcab.co.uk

    How will online delivery affect candidates?

    Whether online, blended or face to face, candidates studying with CPCAB can be reassured that their qualifications meet the required standards at their chosen level of training, and will enable them to progress.

    Our practitioner qualifications have been mapped to the requirements of the profession and to the relevant professional associations.

    We continue to advise that any online or distance learning they do with other awarding organisations should be substantial. Their learning should fully represent the competences they need to qualify at their chosen level and gain their preferred professional membership/accreditation at the end of their training. oor quality online/distance learning may not be sufficient for progression or provide the competencies to work safely with clients.