Full Membership

Full membership of the Federation of Awarding Bodies

Full membership is available to awarding organisations and end-point assessment organisations that are regulated by one of the public regulators governing qualifications in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland (i.e. Ofqual, SQA, Qualifications Wales and CCEA). By joining the Federation, you become part of a powerful industry association. Together we will realise our vision of a world in which higher-quality technical, professional and vocational education, results in stronger public confidence and economic growth.

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Benefits of Full Membership

  • A voice and a seat on the National Strategy Forum, helping to shape and drive the Federation’s policy priorities, including the right to elect and stand for the Board of Directors.
  • Join various fora, policy and operational groups of interest, to ensure your regulated awarding and assessment organisation accesses the latest information and best practices.
  • Get exclusive access to special events organised throughout the year to ensure our members stay more informed and better connected.
  • QualsMatter A weekly newsletter packed full of relevant and timely industry news.
  • EPA Weekly A weekly newsletter with a focus on end point assessment.
  • Training programme discounted rates on the Federation’s training courses.
  • Annual conference – a discount on the delegate rate for our popular annual conference.
  • Annual EPA conference – a discount on the delegate rate for the well-attended EPA conference.
  • Webinars Access to free upcoming and past webinars.
  • Guidance & consultation responses Access to guidance and our policy documents on the member’s website.
  • Consultants & Suppliers list Access to a list of consultants and suppliers who specialise in matters relating to vocational qualifications.
  • Advertise/search job vacancies Discounted advertising of your job vacancies on our website.
  • Legal package Access to a support package of legal advice specifically for awarding and assessment organisations.
  • Business support service HR, tax, health & safety and legal advice line/website to assist your wider business activity.
  • Federation Full Member Logo for use on stationery, website and e-signature indicates your status as a full member of the Federation and a regulated awarding organisation.

Membership Bands and Fees

Your full membership subscription band and corresponding fee will be determined by your most recent annual number of regulated vocational qualification certificates.

  • Band 1 (up to 2,000 annual certifications/apprenticeship end tests) £1,370 per year
  • Band 2 (2,000 – 10,000 annual certifications/apprenticeships end tests) £1,840 per year
  • Band 3 (10,000 – 50,000 annual certifications/apprenticeship end tests) £2,680 per year
  • Band 4 (over 50,000 annual certifications/apprenticeship end tests) £4,580 per year

Fee and band freeze for renewals from 1 April 2021

Please note that from 1 April 2021, the Board of Directors have agreed to implement a fee and band freeze for all renewals. This will be in place for one year, when it will be subject to review by Board.

Awarding organisations that are also end point assessment organisations

Please note that from 1 May 2021, the Board of Directors have agreed a supplemental membership fee for EPAOs of £500 per year. This will be included on invoices/renewals from 1 April, for members renewing on 1 May.


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