“The Kenson School of Production Technology Ltd. (KSPTL) announces that positive changes will be incorporated in their portfolio of technical programmes in Oil and Gas curriculum as a result of changes by City & Guilds. Effective March 31st, 2020, City & Guilds announced the introduction of their new Accreditation qualification, the Assured Recognition Service as it phases out its existing accreditation for the Level 3 IVQ Advanced Diploma in Oil and Gas.

As a subsidiary of the Kenson Group of Companies, KSPTL has acted as a feeder of technicians to the Oil and Gas companies. KSPTL has used the City & Guilds accreditation as a source of training for the past ten (10) years and has decided to continue this arrangement under the Assured Recognition Service.  Through this decision, KSPT is one of the first tertiary educational institutions to indicate its intention to move to the Assured Recognition Service.

Whilst KSPTL has already begun transitioning to the Assured status, the school confirms that this change will NOT affect its existing students and also the applicants who register for the Level 3 IVQ Advanced Diploma before Friday 20th March 2020. KSPTL’s Level 4 Competency Assurance Qualifications as well as the On Demand short courses will remain unaffected by the change.

Once the transition to the assured process is completed, KSPTL will be deemed adequately equipped to deliver the enhanced curriculum and appropriately award international certification to its students.

Persons seeking more information on the Assured Recognition Service are invited to contact KSPTL via email info@kspt.edu.tt, visit our website at www.kspt.edu.tt, check us out on Facebook and Instagram @kensonschool, or contact us at our Office: (868) 688-8659.”

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ON THE ASSURED RECOGNITION SERVICE

What is the Assured Recognition Service?

The Assured Recognition Service is a process implemented by City & Guilds whereby in house training programmes developed by educational institutions worldwide are benchmarked against City & Guilds quality standards. If approved by City & Guilds, these programmes are assigned international credibility and the respective institution is declared as “Assured” with City & Guilds.

How does Assured Recognition differ from Accreditation?

Under Accreditation, educational institutions are approved to deliver City & Guilds branded programmes. Under the Assured Recognition Service, in-house training programmes developed by educational institutions become co-branded with City & Guilds. Accreditation and the Assured Recognition Service are both recognized internationally however, City & Guilds has since announced the closure of several of its accredited programmes. As such, these programmes will no longer be available for registration.

 

Which City & Guilds programmes, that are offered by KSPTL, will be affected?

Effective March 31st 2020, City & Guilds will phase out its existing accreditation for the Level 3 IVQ Advanced Diploma in Oil and Gas i.e. Mechanical Maintenance, Electrical Maintenance, Instrumentation Maintenance and Process Technician programmes.

However, KSPTL has already begun the transitioning process to the Assured Recognition Service and will offer an enhanced alternative programme that is similar in structure to the Level 3 IVQ Advanced Diploma.

 

Why is City & Guilds closing the qualifications for these programmes?

According to City & Guilds, some of their international qualifications have been on offer for over 10 years and are no longer up to date with current industry practices. In most cases, alternative provisions will be made available for candidates to switch to. In the case of KSPTL, this alternative provision will fall under City & Guilds’ Assured Recognition Service.

 

I already signed up with KSPTL to pursue the Level 3 IVQ Advanced Diploma. Will I still receive a certificate and will I have to pay more?

Candidates who registered for the Level 3 IVQ Advanced Diploma before Friday 20th March, 2020 will NOT be affected by KSPTL’s transition to the Assured Recognition Service.

Additionally, candidates who assumed study of the Level 3 IVQ Advanced Diploma before Friday 20th March, 2020 will NOT be affected by KSPTL’s transition to the Assured Recognition Service.

These candidates will receive City & Guild’s original certification, which will still be internationally recognized.

Any person who intends to pursue continued education with KSPTL after Friday 20th March, 2020 will not be able to register for City & Guilds Level 3 IVQ Advanced Diploma but rather an enhanced alternative programme created by KSPTL. However, this alternative programme will be of a similar structure to the original City & Guilds Diploma.

Certification will be co-branded by KSPTL and City & Guilds, as opposed to being branded by City & Guilds only.

 

Will this new certification be recognized in the same way as the old certification?

Under the Assured Recognition Service, the new certification will be internationally recognized. However, it will be co-branded as a KSPTL and City & Guilds certification.

 

Can I get a job with this new certification?

KSPTL, a subsidiary of the Kenson Group of Companies, has acted as a feeder of technicians to the Oil and Gas companies in Trinidad and Tobago since 1996. Certification with the company has and will continue to give candidates a competitive advantage in the job market.

 

What is the cost of KSPTL’s new certification and when will I be able to sign up?

KSPTL is still in the process of transitioning to the Assured Recognition Service. As such, details such as the proposed start date and costing for the new certification are still be determined. KSPTL assures that the public will be informed when these details become available.

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