Trusted Partners


Demonstrate external industry recognition and evidence that your organisation and training programmes are of the highest quality with our Trusted Partner status.

The status shows that your organisation has excellent training programmes and learning support for students along with experienced and competent trainers and reputable training facilities. It will help organisations become more attractive to future students and gain support when delivering training programmes involving our qualifications.

We personalise our service to suit each organisation and with our dedicated team will formalise an agreement.

Benefits for your organisation

  • Achieve external recognition from a Professional Body
  • Become more appealing to attract future students
  • Support to maintain high standards
  • Assistance to make sure your training programmes remain relevant and meet industry demands
  • Bespoke internal training to help deliver our professional qualifications
  • Tailored services and support to meet your needs
  • Establish an appropriate relationship term
  • Dedicated support from our Relationship Management team

What is a Trusted Partner

Becoming a Trusted Partner involves establishing a formal relationship with us and agreeing on a service and support offering. The agreement is for a minimum of 12 months and are typically 36 months, carrying on into a long term relationship. 

In order to achieve this status, your organisation will need to demonstrate excellent learning support and facilities for students studying towards our training programmes and/or professional qualification. There also needs to be robust policies and procedures, with a commitment to on-going development.

The application and an evaluation process to achieve a Trusted Partner status will take 4-6 weeks. If the standards are not achieved, we will guide you and the organisation on the areas that need developing to meet the requirements and achieve the status. Read about our review and monitoring criteria here.

To ensure your Trusted Partner status remains relevant and up-to-date, annual reporting and on-going consultation will take place with our dedicated team.

Our Trusted Partners

Our Trusted Partners achieve a degree of excellence.

ICS Learn

ICS Learn is a leading learning provider of online, flexible professional qualifications, offering courses across the UK and internationally. Having pioneered professional distance education for over 130 years, ICS Learn has helped hundreds of thousands of people to achieve their goals and fulfil their potential at work through study.

Focused on the flexibility that online learning provides, ICS Learn offers a range of professional qualifications suited to the demands of employers and your career development. Over 21,000+ learners are currently improving their careers and developing their skills with the organisation, helped by the dedicated support and expert tuition that ICS Learn provides.

ICS Learn has recently become a Trusted Partner of The London Institute of Banking & Finance. Working closely together to develop and deliver the innovative LIBF Digital Academy powered by ICS Learn, this learning programme is fully accredited by LIBF. It is designed to ensure students studying the Diploma for Financial Advisers (DipFA) receive the highest levels of learning and support.

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ifs Malta

We’ve worked closely with ifs Malta to support their students since 1960. ifs Malta delivers training for a number of our professional qualifications and training programmes.  These include the Diploma for Financial Advisers (DipFA) and the Level 6 Risk qualifications

Ifs Malta provides local training for these qualifications and we work closely with them to ensure our students are supported throughout their studies and are fully prepared for their examinations

Having worked closely with them over the past 60 years we now have a strong base in Malta with over 2500 students that have registered with our membership programme and/or studying a qualification.

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Kuwait Institute of Banking Studies

We endorse a number of Kuwait Institute of Banking Studies training programmes and provide certification to students on completion of their studies. This requires an ‘annual report’ to ensure that the content, level, assessment and overall quality of their programmes remain relevant which is required to be recognised as one of our Trusted Partners.

We have a long-standing relationship with the Kuwait Institute of Bankers and provide recognition to their local training programmes that are delivered to Kuwaiti students that work for the local banks.  This provides them with external recognition of their programmes and ensures that their programmes remain relevant and up-to-date.

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Quilter Financial Adviser School

The Financial Adviser School is part of Quilter; the new name for the Old Mutual Wealth group. It is a leading provider of advice, investments and wealth management both in the UK and internationally.

Quilter are longstanding supporters of financial advice, as they believe people who take advice are more likely to reach their financial goals. The school operates on a not-for-profit basis. Quilter's aim is to create prosperity for the generations of today and tomorrow. The Financial Adviser School forms an important part of this by:

  • helping learners achieve the qualifications, skills and professionalism required to have a successful career as a financial adviser
  • helping existing advisers grow their businesses with the opportunity to sponsor learners.

We accredit their CeMAP and DipFA training programmes and we work closely with them to provide the best support for students studying these qualifications. 

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Simply Academy  

Simply Academy is a leading provider of financial educational services that designs and delivers training solutions for individuals and corporate clients in the UK and internationally.   It was founded in 2006 and has continued to evolve to meet its aim of providing current and relevant learning for the ever-changing financial services sector.  Today its team numbers over 70 employees and associates.  Its experienced consultants and tutors work alongside developers, designers and client services to deliver high quality learning provision. 

We recognised Simply Academy’s learning provision for the Certificate in Mortgage Advice & Practice (CeMAP) several years ago under our Recognised Learning Support Provider scheme.  As part of our review for Trusted Partner status, we’ve also evaluated its provision for students taking our Diploma in Financial Advice (DipFA) and Certificate in Regulated Equity Release (CeRER) and found them to also be of excellent quality.  Simply Academy is also a provider of Financial Services apprenticeships and is registered on the Government’s Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers.

Peter Lingley, Chief Operating Officer at Simply Academy, says: "We understand that no two people learn in the same way. That’s why we devise and deliver training programmes with our learners’ needs in mind, equipping them with the tools and knowledge they need to reach their career goals and enter the financial services industry as fully qualified professionals”.

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