Framework certificate

Skills for Care, on behalf of Skills for Care and Development, issue framework certificates through the Apprentice Certificates England (ACE) system. We certificate for: Higher Apprenticeship (Level 5) in Care Leadership and Management, the social care pathway at intermediate and advance level of the joint Health and Social Care (England) framework and for the Children and Young People’s Workforce (England) framework.

Please note the following important information:

  • ACE 2.0 is launching on 1 April 2014
  • A new type of log-in is required known as Super Centres. Super Centre logins allow users to view all of their apprentices, regardless of certification body, under the one set of log-in details
  • From 1 April 2014, all current ACE Centre logins will become invalid
  • Click here for registration form
  • Click here for Frequently Asked Questions for Super Centres

Apprenticeship certificates are issued separately for each pathway. All claims are carefully checked to ensure that the correct certificate is issued. Apprentices working in adult social care must undertake pathway 1 at the appropriate level.

If any Apprentice or organisation on behalf of an apprentice presents a claim for a framework completion certificate for either pathway at intermediate or advanced level when they have not been employed in that occupational sector it will result in the completion certificate being withheld. This may have funding implications.

Applications for Apprenticeship Completion Certificates can be made by using:

ACE Universal Declaration and Authorisation form V3, a copy can be downloaded from here. Use of ACE Universal Declaration and Authorisation form v3 became mandatory from 1 March 2014.

  • Earlier versions of the Declaration Form will be accepted for claims submitted post 1st March 2014, where the date of signing on the form being used is prior to 1 March 2014. Skills for Care has created the following guidance on completing the ACE universal/authorisation form V2 (NB: where the date of signing on the form being used is prior to 1/3/2014): Skills for Care guidance.
  • You are recommended to review the ACE Guidance for completion of the form. Click here

Alternatively, you can access these from here:

ACE Apprentice Declaration Form V3 19 Dec 2013

Guidance Notes for Completion of Apprentice Declaration Authorisation Form V3 19 Dec 2013

A learning provider or employer must not request an Apprenticeship certificate without the written agreement of the apprentice. This authorises them to act on behalf of the apprentice. 

The Specification for Apprenticeship Standards England (SASE) joint Health and Social Care Apprenticeship has two distinct pathways at both intermediate and advanced level. These are 'health' or 'adult social care'.

Click here for further guidance/information. 

A revised Intermediate and Advanced Apprenticeship framework for Health and Social Care was uploaded to the Apprenticeship Frameworks Online (AFO) in 2011.

Providers should always refer to the Apprenticeship Frameworks Online (AFO) for the latest and legacy versions of any framework. 

It is important that apprentices are registered for and undertake the correct pathway for the occupational area they are working in whilst undertaking the Apprenticeship, as certificates are now issued separately. Apprentices working in adult social care must undertake pathway 1 at the appropriate level. Pathway 1 contains the required components for the Social Care sector which includes the knowledge certificate 'Preparing to work in Adult Social Care'.  

The ACE online system, which can be accessed from www.acecerts.co.uk, is the place where apprentices, or learning providers/employers acting on their behalf, apply for their Apprenticeship certificates.

Details on how to use the ACE system can be found on the ACE website by clicking on the ‘knowledge base’ tab or by clicking here.

Please download this FAQ document for frequently asked questions about ACE.

To contact us about framework certificates, email appcerts@skillsforcare.org.uk or call us on 0113 2410967 or 0113 2451716 (menu option 2)

Please click on the following link to the Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS) guidance document and mapping matrices which will give learning providers guidance on the initial assessment, delivery and recording of PLTS. Please be aware that PLTS must be formally assessed and be based on evidence that is subject to quality assurance. 

Click here for further guidance/information for declaring achievement of PLTS.

Please click on the following link to the Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS) mapping summary which will assist training providers to identify where evidence for the PLTS can be found. Please be aware that PLTS must be formally assessed and be based on evidence that is subject to quality assurance.

Click here for further guidance/information for declaring achievement of PLTS.

For Framework 7.1 and 7.2 apprentices must complete a Paediatric First Aid course which meets the Sure Start criteria as detailed below:

Surestart criteria for paediatric first aid courses for early years and childcare settings

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