Framework certificate

Skills for Care, on behalf of Skills for Care and Development (ACE certification body), 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 system was launched on 1 April 2014.
  • To access ACE 2.0 system you must register for a Super Centre login, which allows users to view all their apprentices, regardless of certification body, under the one set of login-details.
  • Click here for ACE 2.0 system registration
  • Click here for ACE 2.0 system guidance/information
  • Click here for certification bodies (please note Skills for Care is the certification body on behalf of Skills for Care and Development. 

Click here for ACE Checklist: Guidance for Making a Successful ACE Claim 

Click here for ACE knowledge base tab which contains various downloads and step by step instructions on how to use ACE 2.0 system

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:

Click here for ACE Notification, 23 March 2015, in respect of ACE Consent Form.

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 April 2014.

  • Earlier versions of the Declaration Form will be accepted for claims submitted post 1st April 2014, where the date of signing on the form being used is prior to 1 April 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 1/4/2014): Skills for Care guidance.

  • Click here for ACE Checklist: Guidance for Making a Successful ACE Claim (see page 8)

Alternatively, you can access these from here:

ACE Apprentice Declaration 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. 

Click here for Modifications to SASE (dated 12 February 2015) effective for Apprenticeship Starts on, or after, 6 April 2015

Click here for Federation for Industry Sector Skills and Standards (FISSS) Frequently Asked Questions on the modifications to SASE

Click here for ACE knowledge base, which includes various downloads, including updated Transferable Skills for Apprentice starts up to 5 April 2015 and new starts from 6 April 2015.

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.

Please note: these FAQs are subject change/update once all the required changes have been made in respect of the ACE Consent Form (click here for further information). Please do not hesitate to contact us with any queries on the details listed below. 

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 ACE Checklist: Guidance for Making a Successful ACE Claim (see page 6) 

Click here for further guidance/information for declaring achievement of PLTS (located in ACE News Archive – December 2013, then scroll down to item on ERR and PLTS).

Please click here to be redirected to our children and young people's workforce framework page, for the most up to date information.

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 ACE Checklist: Guidance for Making a Successful ACE Claim (see page 6) 

Click here for further guidance/information for declaring achievement of PLTS (which is located in ACE News Archive – December 2013, then scroll down to item on ERR and PLTS)

 Please email appcerts@skillsforcare.org.uk with details of any queries in respect of framework from 1 September 2014.

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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