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Recognition  and  Memberships - Your Quality Assurance

As a reassurance of the quality and advancement opportunities offered by the online courses from ADL, we have a wide range of Recognition and Memberships to other quality organisations 


Although the independent endorsement and recognition we have earned is reassuring, it is important to know that our courses focus on helping you learn as much as possible, as opposed to many schools that primarily focus on teaching you how to pass an exam.

Ultimately, assessment and endorsement for many courses delivered by other providers, merely means you have met a set criteria of minimum standards with regards to learning and in doing so, the focus on learning is split between learning and qualifications: you actually learn less.  ADL does not split focus.

Our effort is almost entirely on helping you learn, which means learning is better; and ultimately the person who learns better is more successful than the one who might be endorsed as meeting minimum standards, but has learned less.

In addition to motivating our students to fulfill their dream - perhaps a dream to be more knowledgeable and capable, or to be successful in both work and other aspects of life, we also train individuals who have been sponsored by their by their corporate organisations.  These include:

  • National Health Service
  • Employee Learning Scheme of Jaguar/Landrover
  • H.M. Prison Service
  • National Trust Schools 
  • Universities
  • Local Councils
  • The United Nations 
  • Many Businesses in the UK including: The Eden Project, English Heritage, Longleat Park, The National Trust and the Gardens of Heligan.

Our registration number for the  UK Register of Learning Providers  is 10031925 and we are also authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority, reference number 622120. We are also a member of the International Approval and Registration Centre, an Association recognising institutions which aspire to excellence in education. We collaborate with creative minds to enhance educational programs.

We believe that we achieve the correct balance between your qualification being recognised and providing you with the in-depth learning in your chosen discipline, that will empower you to succeed. This is because in the real world, the person who can demonstrate that they have the level of knowledge and transferable skills necessary to an employer, will often be more successful than the one who might be endorsed as meeting minimum standards, but who in fact has only received a superficial understanding of the subject.

Formal Recognition

The Academy for Distance Learning is part of the ACS Global Network of colleges who have been offering educational courses since 1979. The quality of these courses command respect in academic circles within a range of disciplines in the UK, Australia and beyond. Many of our staff include world renowned academics from several countries, and it maintains active partnerships with respected institutions in several countries including Ireland, Australia and Singapore. Many of these affiliates are formally recognised by government education authorities in their respective countries.

ADL holds various forms of recognition and validation as detailed below:


TQUK Recognised Centre LogoTQUK (Training Qualifications UK) – an Ofqual Awarding Organisation

ADL- Academy for Distance Learning, has been recognised as a centre by TQUK (Training Qualifications UK - an  Ofqual approved Awarding Organisation). ADL's Approved Centre Number is: 1709318.

In addition to becoming a recognised centre ADL has had several of its courses endorsed by TQUK. This  means that ADL has demonstrated to TQUK that it has the commitment and capacity to develop quality courses of learning for delivery to learners.

In order to maintain our Recognised Centre status, ADL is subject to yearly EV visits to ensure that we conform to, and are meeting the high standards demanded by TQUK.

Endorsement of our courses by TQUK sets them apart from other vocational learning programmes and is an achievement to be proud of. It further demonstrates that we are an efficient academy with excellent courses and tutorial support. It also means that potential and existing students, employers and universities can be sure of the true value of the learning we provide. A number of our courses have already been endorsed by TQUK, with many others to follow.


RHS Approved Distance Learning Provider 2018 LogoRHS - Royal Horticultural Society 
ADL is an RHS Qualifications Distance Learning Approved Provider offering RHS theory courses for levels II.

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) had it's beginnings in 1804 in London, England. Originally called the Horticultural Society of London it achieved Royal   Charter status in 1861. The Royal Horticultural Society today is recognised as "the world’s largest gardening charity". The purpose of the Society is for the "The encouragement and improvement of the science, art and practice of horticulture in all its branches". 

RHS qualifications are respected worldwide.



ACCPH Accreditation Logo
  ACCPH - (Accredited Counselors, Coaches, Psychotherapists and Hypnotherapists) 
  is an independent self regulated UK professional body for qualified counsellors, coaches, psychotherapists and clinical hypnotherapists. This body has accredited a number   of ADL's - Academy for Distance Learning courses related to these disciplines. Accredited courses are shown with the ACCPH logo.


UKRLP - UK Register of Learning Providers


ADL is registered on the UK Register of Learning Providers under  Registration Number  10031925.


ICO - Information Commissioners Office
ADL is registered and listed on the ICO register of  data controllers. Registration reference no:  Z2483784 

FCA - Financial Conduct Authority
ADL is authorised by the FCA - Financial Conduct Authority to offer tuition fees by instalments. Our registration number is 622120

DWP (Department of Works and Pensions) UK
ADL is registered as an educational supplier for the procurement of courses with the DWP (Department of Works and Pensions) UK

 IARC - International Approval and Registration Centre
The nature of accreditation and recognition is rapidly changing globally. IARC works  more generaly with schools to assist focus their attention on enhancing their professionalism in practice throughout various aspects of their business.

Schools and institutions who join the network have the opportunity to provide their prospective students with reassurance that administrative and procedural quality checks have  been undertaken.  IARC strives for the development of, and access to, ethical and equitable education for all.

The International Approval and Recognition Centre (IARC) plays a role in ensuring the academy’s quality standards relating to course content, delivery, assessment and administration are maintained. IARC's role as an independent recognition association gives reassurance the school has undergone checks relevant to the post-secondary education industry in general terms.

Whilst IARC is happy to be contacted to confirm the recognition status of members, IARC does not advise the suitability of courses. For course enquiries, IARC advises to contact the school directly. For further information on our accreditation or recognition with IARC, please see www.iarcedu.com

ICB Approved Course Provider Logo
Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB)
The Academy for Distance Learning is an ICB Accredited Training Centre.   ICB is the largest bookkeeping Institute in the world. It's objectives are to promote and maintain the standards of bookkeeping as a profession, through the establishment of a series of relevant qualifications and the award of grades of memberships that recognise academic attainment, working experience and competence.

ICB qualifications are accredited by the Qualifications and Curriculm Authority (QCA) and the regulatory authorities in Wales and Northern Ireland.


CMA Accreditation Logo
CMA - Complimentary Medical Association
The Complementary Medical Association is a non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting the very highest standards of complementary medicine and natural healthcare. Complementary Medical Association Members are recognised as leaders in the field.

The CMA's primary aim is to promote ethical, responsible, professional complementary medicine to the public and the medical profession.

Plant Heritage Logo

Through its membership and the National Collection Holders, the NCCPG seeks to rediscover and reintroduce cultivated plants by encouraging their propagation and distribution so that they are grown as widely as possible. The NCCPG works closely with other conservation bodies as well as botanic gardens, The National Trust, The National Trust for Scotland, English Heritage, The Royal Horticultural Society and many specialist horticultural societies.



Our courses have been  bench-marked against two other qualification systems; the FHEQ, the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications in the UK and the EQF, the European Qualifications Framework.

Due to the nature of these two systems, courses deemed to be of university study level will receive dual bench-marking against these two frameworks; courses deemed to be below this level will be bench-marked against the EQF only.

Academy for Distance Learning's qualifications are equivalent to theFramework for Higher Education Qualifications - UK (FHEQ)  and European Qualifications Framework (EQF) requirements:

TLHs = Total Learning Hours

Our courses have been bench-marked at the following levels:

Level 5, 100 TLHs  -     European  Qualifications Framework (EQF) 
Level 4, 10 credits   -    UK - Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ)

Proficiency Certificate:  
Level 5, 200 TLHs -      European  Qualifications Framework (EQF) 
Level 4, 10 credits        UK - Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ)

Advanced Certificate:   
Level 5, 400 TLHs   -    European  Qualifications Framework (EQF) 
Level 4, 40 credits   -    UK - Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ)

Level 5, 600 TLHs   -    European  Qualifications Framework (EQF) 
Level 5, 60 credits   -    UK - Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ)

Advanced Diploma:
Level 6, 800 TLHs   -   European  Qualifications Framework (EQF) 
Level 6, 80 credits   -   UK - Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ)

Higher Advanced Diploma:
Level 6, 1200 TLHs  -  European  Qualifications Framework (EQF) 
Level 6, 120 credits  -  UK - Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ)

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Disclaimer: Every attempt is made to ensure all information from the academy is accurate and that the student has attained the competencies taught in a course, at the point of their assessment. Beyond this point, the graduate is responsible to maintain their acquired competencies, and apply acquired knowledge and skills in a way which is appropriate to the unique characteristics of each application. This will release the academy from any liability, action and claims of whatsoever nature in connection with, or arising from any such information, instruction or advice, given by any student or ex-student, whether directions given during the course are followed or not.