What is the difference between a regulated qualification, a recognised programme, and CPD certification?

A regulated qualification is a qualification that is overseen by regulators. It carries a high level of robustness in terms of the Quality Assurance processes that are engaged in both qualification development and delivery by the FireQual Approved Training Centre.

A recognised programme exists where there is a requirement or it is seen as best practice to undertake a programme of learning to carry out a role, but where there is no requirement or the subject is not appropriate for a regulated qualification, or where there is no regulated qualification offering currently provided by FireQual. FireQual Approved Training Centres will often consider a recognised programme in order to protect their Intellectual Property.

CPD (Continuing Professional Development) is a certificate issued to evidence attendance at a role related event (this could be for example, a training course, a webinar, a seminar etc.) and the certificate will show the number of hours you have achieved. For example, membership of a professional body or trade organisation may require that the individual can prove they have been improving and maintaining their knowledge since taking a qualification - a CPD certificate is evidence for the individual that this has occurred.