Frequently asked questions
How should I brand my course?
A course submitted to PCAS is copyright of the ATP that has submitted it and should carry the ATP branding along with the ECITB approved provider logo.
How likely is it my course will be approved?
The approval panel checks that submitted courses meet ALL of the learning outcomes, key learning points and enabling objectives identified in the training standard – this way ECITB is ensuring the course meets the needs of EC companies.
When you submit a course for approval you have to submit a copy of the training standard and clearly identify on there where, in your course the specific KLPs etc. are included in your course – which slides, which page of the delegate workbook, where in the lesson plan etc.
Every TS also includes the requirement for a consolidation activity such as a knowledge test to ensure the learning is reinforced – it should be clear in the course how this is communicated to delegates and how they receive their feedback. It should also be clear in the mapping how this consolidation activity covers ALL of the KLPs in the TS.
If the mapping is clear and comprehensive this improves the likelihood of approval.
How long is my course approved for? Once approved, this approval lasts for 3 years. You will receive notification of this via email in the form of an electronic letter.
What do I do if I want to modify / update my PCAS approved course/ course assessment material?
The licence agreement between ECITB and an ATP allows for tweaking and tailoring of courses to meet the needs of your clients in terms of examples and exercises etc. used. The course MUST always meet the requirements stated in the training standards and ECITB asks that if an ATP wishes to update their already approved PCAS course that they gain approval for amendments before delivering a modified course by completing the following online form: PCAS0? https://ecitb.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/ecitb-courses-additions-approval , and submit their updated course materials to email@example.com and their product manager.
What do I do if the training standard my course is based on is updated?
Approval is provided for 3 years for a course, so if you submitted one then it would be approved for three years. If the training standard on which your course is based is updated you will be notified though an ATP bulletin and in this it will be stated how essential any updates to courses are – this will depend if the update is safety critical, the time frame and the process. ECITB will work with ATPs to ensure this is realistic.
ECITB are keen to support the delivery of provider training courses and so would wish to ensure the minimum disruption to your delivery of an already approved course. The intention of a review of the training standards is to identify potential improvements to what is already there, in relation to ensuring the training standards are fit for purpose for the delivery of courses and the content required by engineering construction employers.
Promoting and scheduling your PCAS approved course
Once approved, your ECITB approved course can be scheduled in the MSP and can be seen in the course finder on the ECITB website alongside ECITB courses that you schedule. ECITB will be happy to work with you to share the positive benefits that the training course has delivered for your clients through news articles etc. you can contact us to discuss.