Associate members - join now

Associate members - join now

Associate membership of the Federation of Awarding Bodies

Associate membership is for awarding and/or assessment organisations that has its status conferred on it by a public authority in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland (e.g. Privy Council, QAA, ESFA). This includes international bodies that could demonstrate their awarding activity had the backing of a public authority within the country which they operate (e.g. NSDC in India).

To apply for associate membership, contact Karen Daws, Head of Operations and Membership at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. An online form will be available soon.

Benefits of associate membership

The FAB Weekly Update
The FAB Weekly Update
  • A weekly newsletter packed full of relevant and timely industry news.
  • Webinars
  • Access to free upcoming and past FAB webinars.
  • Meetings, events & training
    Meetings, events & training
  • Free attendance at meetings and events and discounted rates at the FAB conference and training.
  • Guidance & consultation responses
    Guidance & consultation responses
  • Access to guidance and FAB policy on the member’s website.
  • Consultants & Suppliers
    Consultants & Suppliers list
  • Access to a list of consultants and suppliers who specialise in matters relating to vocational qualifications.
  • Advertise job vacancies
    Advertise/search job vacancies
  • Free advertising of your job vacancies on the FAB website/discounted rate for associate members.
  • Legal package
    Legal package
  • Access to a support package of legal advice specifically for AOs.
  • Business support package
    Business support service
  • HR, tax, health & safety and legal advice line/website to assist your wider business activity.
  • Membership fees

    The membership fee for all awarding organisations, whether full or associate members is:

    • Band 1 (up to 2,000 certifications per year) £1,330 per year
    • Band 2 (2,000 - 10,000 certifications per year) £1,785 per year
    • Band 3 (10,000 - 50,000 certifications per year) £2,600 per year
    • Band 4 (over 50,000 certifications per year) £4,445 per year
    What counts as a certification? Awarding organisations that are recognised by Ofqual, SQA, CCEA or Qualifications Wales should base their certifications on regulated provision only.

    Vocational certifications are determined by what they are not – they do not include GCSEs, A-levels, IGCSEs, International Advanced levels, Scottish National qualifications. This is because FAB does not represent members in relation to these qualifications.

    Training programmes kite-marked by the member would not be included as these are not assessed by the member. Qualifications offered as part of an Apprenticeship would count.