Our focus is to help you learn!

In addition to training  individuals, we also train corporate individuals who have been sponsored by their respective 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 a member of the International Approval and Registration Centre (IARC), an Association recognising institutions which aspire to excellence in education.

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 these affiliates are formally recognised by government education authorities in their respective countries.

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

(Training Qualifications UK (TQUK) – an Ofqual Awarding Organisation

ADL- Academy for Distance Learning, is an endorsed Training Qualifications UK  (TQUK) centre. Our Approval Centre number is: 1709318

TQUK is an OFQUAL  Awarding Organisation. ADL has had several of its courses endorsed by TQUK.

To maintain our TQUK status, ADL is subject to yearly Evaluation visits to ensure that we conform to, and are meeting the high standards demanded by TQUK.

It also means that potential and existing students, employers and universities can be sure of the true value of the learning we provide.

RHS – 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 – (Accredited Counselors, Coaches, Psychotherapists and Hypnotherapists)

ACCPH 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.

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

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 – Complementary Medical Association

The Complementary Medical Association is a non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting the very highest standards of complementary medicine and natural healthcare. 

ADL is a CMA Registred Training School, registration No. ADL270511.

Membership of The CMA demonstrates our  commitment to excellence and professionalism. The Complementary Medical Association is the world’s  leading body for elite complementary medical professionals.

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

Plant Heritage

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.

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


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 the Framework 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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