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The first step to offering OCR general or vocational qualifications is becoming an approved centre.
Depending on your circumstances we may contact awarding bodies for references, arrange for a representative to visit your centre or carry out a credit check.
A visit from one of our team will be required if:
See the Fees List for details of fees charged for approval visits.
If you are a company, sole trader or partnership, we have a credit checking process in place to help us verify your credit worthiness. You need to have been established, and trading on credit terms, for a minimum of six months and be able to supply us with two credit references (banks, solicitors and accountants are not considered as trade creditors and cannot be used as referees).
If you cannot satisfy these requirements, we will be unable to process your application. We can, however, review your application after six months of trading. If you cannot meet these criteria but think there are extenuating circumstances, please email the details to the Customer Contact Centre.
Once your application is approved you will receive a letter of confirmation. You can then enter candidates for the qualifications that you are approved to offer.
Approval is subject to continued centre activity; if there are no entries or certification claims for a qualification for three consecutive years, centre approval will automatically lapse for that qualification.
In addition, your full vocational centre approval will lapse if you have not made any entries or certification claims for any vocational qualification for three years.
Find out more about the centre approval process:
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