Lloyd’s Register one has launched a new scheme aimed at helping training providers deliver courses to recognised standards that meet its clients’ needs.

The new Lloyd’s Register’s Approved Training Provider Scheme is designed to approve both training management systems and specific courses, whether these are provided by an independent college or academy, or the training department of a shipping company or manning agency.

It will provide independent assessment and certification of the provider’s ability and can act as a benchmark for the marine industry in its selection of courses for staff development and training.

The scheme has two parts:
 
Part 1 assesses the training organisation to establish its ability to provide the required level of training to its customers. It gives assurance that training provider has established and implemented a management system for the provision of training services, and that the system is regularly reviewed.

On successful completion of Part 1 the trainer will receive a Lloyd’s Register’s Approved Training Provider Scheme certificate and wall plaque, as well as an electronic approval mark for Part 1 that the organisation can use on promotional literature. Lloyd's Register provides full guidance on how the approval mark may be used.

Part 2 assesses the trainer’s individual courses against their stated learning deliverables and gives confidence to all stakeholders that students’ needs are being met.

On successful completion of Part 2, the trainer will receive a Lloyd’s Register Approved Training Course certificate and approval mark for Part 2. The provider’s course titles will also be added to the Lloyd’s Register approved courses list on its web site www.lr.org.

The benefits of certification under the scheme include:
• the ability for the trainer to demonstrate to clients that it provides the required level of training
• the ability for the trainer to demonstrate to clients that the content and delivery of its courses meet set standards
• verification of the integrity of the trainer’s management system
• confidence in the quality of the trainer’s course design and delivery.