Frequently Asked Questions

1. How long does it take to complete my qualification?

The Level 6 Diploma in Careers Guidance and Development takes approximately 12 – 18 months to complete and the level 4 Diploma in Careers Information and Advice between 8 – 12 months. Much depends on your workload and the time commitment you can make to the qualification. The Careers and Enterprise Company funded Careers Leader course takes 19 weeks to complete. The shorter courses such as the CCGT and Triage Interview training take about 6 months to complete.


2. How will these qualifications help me in my job?

Work based learning (WBL) qualifications are all about proving your competence in your job, so if you are an inexperienced practitioner it will help you to develop your skills and knowledge. This can be done through training sessions; observation of your career guidance interviews and coaching. For experienced practitioners, Work Based Learning can prove competence and ensure your skills and knowledge are up to date and recognised. It also helps you to evaluate your own practice and those working with you.

The Careers Leader certificate is a mandatory requirement for all Careers Leaders in secondary schools and colleges including SEND and alternative educational providers. See DfE Statutory Guidance 2018 and the Gatsby Benchmarks.

All schools and colleges must provide careers guidance to all year

11 and 12 students. The statutory guidance states that the advice must be given by a Level 6 qualified practitioner.


3. Do I have to start my course at any specific time, for example September?

No. RGG Associates pride themselves on being flexible and we are not bound by academic term-times. If we ae working with you on an individual basis we will negotiate suitable dates and timings for your programme. If you are part of a group, then we will organise a timetable of dates for the online training workshops and tutorials before the course starts. The Careers Leader courses have specific start dates throughout the academic year. Please contact RGG Associates for more details.


4. Do I have to pay for my training at the start of the course?

Not necessarily. If the learner’s employing organisation is responsible for payment, then it is made in three instalments throughout the course depending on the nature of the training/qualification. It may be possible for self-funding learners to pay in instalments. Please contact RGG Associates to discuss the options.


5. Can other qualifications be accredited to these qualifications?

Yes. Work or units from different courses can be accredited to NVQ Certificates and Diplomas. This is called Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Units from related NVQs and other professional qualifications may be used partly or fully as RPL against our qualifications. Please contact RGG Associates for advice on the NVQ qualifications that you hold.


6. Do I have to provide premises for training events and tutorials?

No, you do not. All training and tutorials are delivered remotely LIVE using Microsoft Teams.


7. Will RGG Associates write a bespoke course for my organisation?

Yes. RGG Associates can advise an organisation on an appropriate bespoke training course that will suit their needs. We can also give advice on how to accredit courses to the new Qualifications and Credit Framework and other awarding bodies.


8. Will you help me with funding for my training?

Although RGG Associates does not help directly with funding qualifications, we continually investigate funding opportunities and inform customers through our Twitter and LinkedIn accounts and our website News page. The Careers Leader course is funded through a bursary paid to the school or college directly by The Careers and Enterprise Company on achievement of the qualification. For more information please go to:


9. How do I become a freelance assessor/trainer for RGG Associates?

You must be occupationally qualified in Careers Guidance at Level 6 or 7. Ideally you will also be qualified as an assessor (either the D32 & 33, A1 or CAVA). However, we are always on the lookout for assessors and we may be prepared to support you to gain the Assessors qualification. Please contact to discuss your experience .


10. How do I register for the Level 6 Certificate in Careers Leader training?

You need to access The Careers and Enterprise Company website and search the catalogue of training providers. Click on the RGG Associates logo to access information about our course. You then click on the Register button and choose RGG Associates. This will initiate a response from the CEC to us to contact you by email so we can sign you up to one of our courses.