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Being a 7407 provider


Rockpool Learning is a small training company, operating as a network of self-employed trainers and coaches.

We would like to make the 7404 qualification a minimum requirement for working with us in this way but several individuals have said that they are having difficulties getting on the course locally or are finding that it is delivered in a way that doesnt suit their circumstances. It makes sense therefore, as a learning organisation, that we become providers of the qualification.

Does anyone have any experience of going through this process? Any observations or advice? Would you use something else as your minimum requirement?
Jo Spinks

One Response

  1. Yes
    I’d use a set of alternatives – the 7404 is actually quite difficult to study in a lot of places in the UK and it is a teaching rather than training qualification.

    Now I’m not going to argue the semantics of this here but there are many viable training qualifications and I’ve also employed trainers with no training or experience in training either.

    What you need to decide is – for the subject matter you intend to deliver what competencies do you want in a trainer/coach etc. and then test them at interview.

    If this is impractical then you need to ensure that you are not limiting your choices and you should accept a range of courses as “qualified” – such as the C&G, the NVQ (level 3 or 4 it’s up to you), the CITP (yes I know I don’t rate it but it’s clear a lot of people do) and any of many other less well known routes such as QBE (qualified by experience – take references), the excellent (very well regarded in the US, and becoming more recognised here) and so on…

    Otherwise you may cut your noses off to spite your face.

    However if you still want to become an accredited delivery centre for the qualification you just need to contact City and Guilds and talk to them – we’re a CACHE accredited centre and while it took a bit of time (and money) to become one it’s not the hardest process in the world. However if there’s not much local demand for the qualification in question then you may not recieve much of a return on your investment.

    Good luck, whatever you decide to do.


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