Accrediting Employer Training

PARN Global News Article - 5 September 2012

Accrediting Employer Training

We are currently conducting some research into how professional bodies are accrediting employer training and what this means for CPD.

We are aware of a number of bodies with such schemes but it would appear that they are in the minority. A recent Member Enquiry on the topic of accreditation of organisational or corporate members found that only a fifth of respondents ran a scheme like this.

One of the main objectives of accrediting employer training is as a way to engage with the employers themselves. Our research has found that relationships between professional bodies and employers can be viewed in four ways:

  1. Direct
    Where the employer is directly engaged in the work of the professional body, perhaps through representation on committees, industry boards or advisory groups.
  2. Indirect
    Through employees of the organisation being members of the professional body.
  3. As members
    This might be through a corporate membership or affiliate scheme or where senior members of the professional body where they might act in a volunteer capacity.
  4. Regulatory
    Where the employer organisation and/or their employees are regulated by the professional body. This might be a compulsory of voluntary relationship.

(Raising the Value of Professional Body Membership, PARN 2011)

It is the regulatory type of relationship that accreditation of employer training can be categorised as.

Where employer training is accredited, it is usually to approve it as valid training for professional body requirements – usually CPD or to achieve a qualification or professional registration. Accredited employers can promote the accreditation to potential employees to recruit the best candidates by showing that they will be supported in their professional development and career progression.

In addition, professional body accreditation processes may make recommendations for improvement which will benefit the employer. Recognition of the national or international standard of companies’ training provides them with credibility and a competitive edge when marketing themselves to potential customers as well as for recruitment of staff.

Professional bodies benefit from the acknowledgment of their role as a validator or legitimator of standards, along with a wider recognition within the sector. Accreditation schemes can be a source of revenue, and will enhance contact with important employers.

Members benefit by knowing that the training provided by their employer is of the appropriate standard and in some cases the accreditation means that their CPD evidence is taken care of, freeing them up from providing CPD logs.

Share your thoughts

  • Does your organisation run an accreditation scheme for employer training?
  • How does it benefit your organisation?
  • And how does it benefit the employer?

For further discussion, visit and comment on this topic in the forum.

If you'd like to be interviewed for our research, please contact Tina Williams, Head of Research at PARN:

T: 0117 928 1998
E: [email protected]