VTCT (Vocational Training & Charitable Trust)


A VRQ (vocationally related qualification) is nationally and internationally recognised. The examining body is called The VTCT (Vocational Training & Charitable Trust).




The VTCT (Vocational Training & Charitable Trust) is a Government approved Awarding Body offering National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs), Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) and other vocationally related qualifications (VRQs). VTCT has been in existence for over forty years and has been at the forefront of developing the vocational system of qualifications in the United Kingdom.

A work related / hands on qualification that focuses on employment skills for you. They have been developed by the industry for the industry and is a collection of units which gives you the full skills required to work within the industry.

VTCT v Accredited?

Struggling to know which course to go for? Don’t know what the difference between VTCT or accredited is?  Here are some pointers to help you, we hope 🙂 :

What is VTCT? – VTCT stands for Vocational Training and Charitable Trust, and is an exam board that offers VRQ (vocational related qualifications)&NVQ (national vocational qualifications) qualifications. We are able to offer you VRQ or NVQ) qualifications.

What is the difference between VTCT and accredited? – VTCT is a governing body, and regulated by industry standards councils, whereas accrediting bodies have their own standards and criteria that are not necessarily regulated by industry standard councils, but are still approved for professional use and eligible for insurance cover.

Which should i choose? – For employed therapists it is good to check with your employers which level of qualification they require you to hold, i.e., most will prefer the VRQ route, as opposed to accredited. For self-employed therapists, you could choose either option, VRQ or accredited.

What level of work is involved to complete the course? – Most accredited courses involve one day practical attendance and then the study of the training manual at home along with a question paper to answer and a few case studies to complete in order to receive a certificate. VTCT courses require more practical attendance as well as one or more assessments which may include assessment practically as well as one or more written exams. There is also a portfolio to compile of your work, along with coursework to complete at home and case studies.

In summary, what to consider:

  • Are you employed or self-employed? What level of qualification does your employer require?
  • Who are you currently insured with? What specifications do they have in order to cover you for insurance? You MUST check with your insurers before enrolling on a course to ensure you book onto the right course.
  • How quickly do you want to qualify? VTCT courses require more work and practical attendance than accredited courses

What do the levels of qualification mean?