Updated 27 March

International Vocational
Qualifications –
Covid-19

The fluid situation around Covid-19 has meant training providers and colleges around the world have had to close their doors to contain the spread of the virus. We appreciate and understand that this puts significant stress on our centres. We want to assure you that our number one priority is to continue to fulfil our purpose - to help people, organisations and societies to grow through skills development.

We are here to support you during this difficult time and assure you that we are doing all we can to help you resume your operations and delivery of training and assessments to all learners.

Due to the extensive closures of colleges, training providers and schools worldwide, Ofqual, the English regulator, has granted a limited extension on all IVQ qualifications. This extension has been granted upon our request to enable our centres to process their learners' registrations once they are back from enforced closures.

Qualifications due to close on 31 March 2020 have been extended, and are now scheduled to close on 31 August 2020.

We are continuously assessing the situation regarding our June and July dated exams. We are consulting with regulators and our supply chain on the feasibility of delivering exams across all countries where we operate in. We will be sending updates over the next few weeks, including what we will be doing regarding the June and July exam series. Please make sure to check your emails and our website for further information.

We are here to support you through this difficult time, please reach out to your local customer service team if you have any questions or concerns and stay connected. We will update our website regularly with relevant information and FAQs during the next few weeks.

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How does this affect my centre?

Find out more how this affects your qualifications.

  • You can now register learners for the listed qualifications up until the 31st August 2020 – no new registrations will be accepted thereafter.
  • Learners registering from now on are likely to sit their first City & Guilds dated exams in November or December 2020. All other assessments, i.e. practical assessments, e-volve tests can be taken as soon as learners are ready.

Hospitality Centres

As communicated previously, our new suite of Global Hospitality qualifications will be available for learner registrations from 1 April 2020. These qualifications have been developed in line with our new Global Hospitality certification offer.

All approved Hospitality & Catering centres currently delivering our 8065, 8066, 8067 and 8068 suites have been automatically approved for the equivalent new Global Hospitality qualifications.

Over the next five months, until 31 August 2020, you have a choice to register learners for the current hospitality IVQs or for the new Global Hospitality qualifications.

From the 1 September 2020, you will only be able to register learners for the new Global Hospitality qualifications.

Find out more about our new Global Hospitality qualifications

We are committed to support you through new ways of working. Our SmartScreen resources provide enhanced content to support distance and online learning.

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Engineering Centres

As a result of this extension, our 9209 suite of qualifications will now be closing for registrations on 31 August 2020.

Once these qualifications close for new registration, an equivalent, but not OfQual regulated suite of qualifications will be available for you to use.

All approved Engineering centres currently delivering our 9209 suite have been automatically approved for the equivalent new qualifications and can view these in our catalogue from the 5th of April 2020. To make things simpler for you, we created an easy mapping of current and new qualifications as follows:

Current qualification number/ title

Replacement qualification number/title

9209-01 – Level 4 Diploma in Mechanical Engineering

9208-01 – Level 4 Diploma in Mechanical Engineering

9209-02 – Level 4 Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering

9208-02 – Level 4 Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering

9209-03 – Level 4 Diploma in Civil Engineering

9208-03 – Level 4 Diploma in Civil Engineering

9209-11 – Level 5 Advanced Technician Diploma in Mechanical Engineering

9208-11 – Level 5 Advanced Technician Diploma in Mechanical Engineering

9209-12 – Level 5 Advanced Technician Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering

9208-12 – Level 5 Advanced Technician Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering

9209-13 – Level 5 Advanced Technician Diploma in Civil Engineering

9208-13 – Level 5 Advanced Technician Diploma in Civil Engineering


A 9208 qualifications page with all associated documentation will be available from 5 April 2020.

Over the next five months, until 31 August 2020, you can choose to register learners for the current regulated qualifications or for the new equivalent qualifications. Once learners are registered, they must complete the qualification they have been registered for.

From the 1 September 2020, you will only be able to register learners for the new qualifications.

Teaching Centres

As a result of this limited extension, some of our 1106 qualifications will now be closing for registrations on 31 August 2020.

Once these qualifications close for new registration, an equivalent, but not OfQual regulated suite of qualifications will be available for you to use.

All approved centres currently delivering these 1106 qualifications have been automatically approved for the equivalent new qualifications and can view these in our catalogue from 5 April 2020. To make things easier for you, we created a simple mapping of current and new qualifications as follows:

Current qualification number/ title

Replacement qualification number/title

1106-21 – Level 3 IVQ Advanced Diploma in Teaching, Training and Assessing Learning

1106-03 – Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Teaching, Training and Assessing Learning

8106-21   Level 3 IVQ Advanced Diploma in Teaching, Training and Assessing Learning (Chinese)

8106-03   Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Teaching, Training and Assessing Learning (Chinese)


All associated documentation for the new qualifications will be available from 5 April 2020 on the 1106 qualifications page.

Over the next five months, until 31 August 2020, you can choose to register learners for the current regulated qualifications or for the new equivalent qualifications. Once learners are registered, they must complete the qualification they have been registered for.

From 1 September 2020, you will only be able to register learners for the new qualifications.

Can I register existing and new learners in the qualifications which have been extended till 31 August 2020?

Yes, as long as learners being registered by 31 August 2020 can complete their studies by the end certification dates.

Can learners switch from the current extended qualifications to new qualifications?

No, learners must follow and complete assessments for the qualifications they are registered for.

Will learners completing the current Hospitality IVQs receive a digital badge upon completion?

No, the current IVQs are not certified by a digital badge. Only learners registering and completing the new Global Hospitality qualifications will receive a digital badge as well as a certificate upon completion.

Emergency learner support

We are committed to support you through new ways of working. Our Smartscreen resources provide enhanced content to support distance and online learning. Find out more if your portfolio is supported.

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City & Guilds Group statement

View the City & Guilds Group response to coronavirus, including updates on support for customers, frontline services and business continuity.

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Advice and support – useful links

There is a wealth of advice and information you can access. Please visit the link below for more information.

Guidance and advice regarding coronavirus