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This section, you will find details of how to become a Centre, our fees structure, all important policy documents, and some forms that a Centre will need.

Becoming an Approved Centre

If you want to deliver IBSL qualifications, you must first become an approved centre. It is a college or training centre which has received approval from IBSL to deliver our qualifications. Some training centres are privately owned training agencies which are run by very experienced Deaf teachers.

Approved Centre Procedure

To become an approved centre, please complete our Register a request form via our Online Portal.

For any support you can email IBSL

Approved Centre Consultation

On rare occasions, IBSL will visit a centre that wishes to become approved to deliver our qualifications at the request of a centre for a consultation. A fee equivalent to the External Examiner fee will be payable for this consultation.

Qualification Approval

Qualification Approval Form

If the process has been straightforward, we will then allocate and send you a Centre number, ask you to complete our qualification approval form detailing the type of qualification/s your Centre wishes to deliver.

What is Qualification Approval?

A qualification approval gives the centre authority to run one or more qualifications each year from 1st August to 31 July. A fee is payable for each and every qualification every year.

After Qualification Approval

Once a qualification is approved and advertised by the Centre, learners need to be enrolled. A Learner Registration will need to be completed by the Centre. Once received and processed by IBSL, all relevant documentation and materials will be released by IBSL to enable the qualification to be delivered and assessed. Please visit our page ‘Forms’ to find the Learner Registration Form.

Learner Registration Forms

Please list all Learner names and data carefully on these forms. All Learners need a ULN (unique learning number) from the Learning Records Service.In Scotland, it is called a SCN (Scottish Candidate Number). All Learner data is entered in a database which is a requirement of the authorities.


We have a set scale of fees. These fees cover Qualification approval, learner costs, External Examiner visit fees, and other fees for things like replacement certificates. Please click to open the ‘Fees’ document for 2017-18

Key Documents

Here, you can access all the IBSL key policy documents such as complaints and appeals procedures. All Centres will be expected to be familiar with them.
Access Arrangements
Access to records, premises and other data
Appeals Policy
Centre Agreement Form
Centre Registration
Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy Statement
Complaints Procedure
Conflict of Interest Documents
Customer Service Statement
Data Protection and Rentention of Information
Delivery of Assessment Policy
Equal Opportunities Statement
Expertise and the Design and Development of Assessment & Grading Policy
Fees and Charges Policy
IBSL Conflict of Interest Policy for Teachers and Assessors
IBSL Policy on New Centre Approvals
IBSL Public Interest Disclosure Act

IBSL Assessment Guidelines – Policy on Marking (revised)

Issue of Certificates
Language of the Assessment
Learner Registration Guidelines & Deadlines
Malpractice and Maladministration Policy
Managing the Assessment Process
Minimum Age
Notice to Delegates
Policy on Providing Assessment Feedback
Privacy Policy
Procedures for Rules of Combination
Production of written evidence in assessments
Approval Form (L6)
Reasonable Adjustments
Relevance, Reliability and Comparability of assessments
Results Service
Sanctions Policy
Security of Assessment Materials
Special Consideration

Social Media Policy

Social Media Form 

Use of Experts Policy
IBSL Policy and Rules Concerning in Open Book Sessions
 Register Learners For ULN Under 13 Years

Issue of Certficates

Centres will normally receive their learner certifcate 35 days after marking of assessment papers.