What is endorsement?

What is endorsement

Having gained endorsement, we have now, not only achieved increased confidence of the value of our work, but have provided our clients and learners with confidence in our services.
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The Skills for Care endorsement framework is the bespoke quality mark for learning and development providers within the adult social care sector.

It has been developed following the Cavendish Review, recommendation 5 and on the request from employers to have a site where they can easily find high quality training providers, taking away the uncertainty and need to trawl through the minefield of existing providers.

The framework embeds the Common Inspection Framework, National Occupational Standards for Learning and Development and the Leadership Qualities Framework.

It is unique in that the golden thread throughout is the ability of the applicant of endorsement to clearly evidence that the training they deliver makes a significant difference, not only to the learner but also the person in receipt of support services.

To become endorsed by us, you will need to visit the Applying and renewing section.

We understand that it's not only the large training providers who are able to deliver high quality and relevant programmes to staff. Therefore, our endorsement is for any individual or organisation who provides the appropriate development and skills in adult social care for anyone involved in delivering or indeed receiving support.

Endorsed providers currently range from individual trainers, small training companies and colleges to local authorities, universities and large care providers delivering internally. The programmes don't have to be accredited and can be bespoke courses that have been identified by the local community as having an impact in adult social care.

The level and types of endorsement consist of:

Endorsed provider

To become an endorsed provider you must sucessfully complete the application process and our dedicated endorsement team will confirm that you deliver quality training to our sector. You can start your application to become endorsed in our Applying and renewing section.

Centre of excellence

To become a Centre of Excellence you need to be able to demonstrate:

  • your exemplary commitment to meeting the needs of your learners 
  • compliance with the social model of care
  • how you measure the impact of your training on the lives of the people who need care and support
  • your provision can be directly mapped to the Leadership Qualities Framework.

For further information on becoming a Centre of Excellence please contact the endorsement team on endorsement@skillsforcare.org.uk.

e-learning endorsement

Our endorsement framework also offers endorsement to online learning. We’ve developed robust quality checks for this important part of adult social care learning and development provision to uphold the values of the endorsement framework. You can find out more about endorsing e-learning on our Endorsing e-learning section.

Each type and level has four dimensions to complete, each with criteria that require information on:

  • leadership and management
  • quality assurance
  • resource management
  • learner support

Other existing quality marks that organisations and individuals already have, for example Investors in People and Matrix can be used to enhance application evidence along with external quality assurance checks from Ofsted and awarding organisations. However, you DO NOT have to hold or be subject to these to become endorsed.

We cannot endorse what “might be” good and therefore it is important that suitable learning is already place and that evidence can be provided to demonstrate the impact your training has had.

Start your application to become endorsed by us, visit the Applying and renewing section now

If you provide education, training and/or learning and development to the adult social care sector you can apply for endorsement.

You could be:

  • an employer offering courses to your own employees
  • a further education college
  • a higher education institute
  • an individual trainer or a voluntary organisation
  • an e-learning provider.

The benefits of endorsement consist of:

  • marketing and promotion on our website
  • complete review of processes and procedures
  • use of Skills for Care endorsed provider logo

Full support is provided with the completion of the application and advice will be given throughout the process. 

Find out more about the Benefits of becoming endorsed

Our price list as of 1 April 2017 is:


  • Organisation (non-RoATP) - £1500.00 +VAT
  • Organisation (RoATP) - £750.00 +VAT
  • Individual - £500.00 +VAT
  • Renewals (All) - £300.00 +VAT

Licenced programmes:

Lead to Succeed - £2000.00 +VAT

End of life care awareness programme - £900 +VAT


  • Introductory programme - £1200.00 +VAT
  • Leadership programme £1600.00 +VAT

Please bear in mind that these prices apply to those apply on or after 1 April 2017. If you started the process of endorsement before these dates the fees you were originally quoted apply. For the previous information please contact us using the details below. 

For further details and costs contact our endorsement team on endorsement@skillsforcare.org.uk.