We are pleased to announce that the next approvals window for Higher Technical Qualifications is open and will close on 17 September 2021. The next approvals cycle will cover digital, construction, and health & science standards. Further information and timelines will be communicated shortly. In the meantime, we strongly recommend applicants begin aligning their qualifications to occupational standards ahead of the window opening. An offline application form and KSB mapping template will be available. We encourage applicants to book support sessions prior to submitting their application.

Further information on available support is available. Please email the approvals team at HTQ.approvals@education.gov.uk for further information, guidance, or support.

Online application

1. Available standards

Digital route

There are currently nine level 4 or 5 occupations with occupational standards available in the digital route which should be accessed through the links below:

Construction route

There are currently seven level 4 or 5 occupations with occupational standards available in the construction route which should be accessed through the links below:

Building services engineering technician and Construction site engineering technician will not be in scope for cycle 2. Please contact us if you require further information. HTQ.approvals@education.gov.uk

Health and Science route

The health and science route review was postponed due to COVID-19. Please be aware that this review will still take place and may result in revisions to standards that would need to be incorporated into any aligned Higher Technical Qualifications.

There are currently sixteen level 4 or 5 occupations with occupational standards available in the health and science route which should be accessed through the links below:

Please contact the Institute if you are planning on submitting a qualification against either of these standards:

Technician Scientist will not be in scope for cycle 2. Please contact us if you require further information. HTQ.approvals@education.gov.uk

2. Approvals process and timeline

The application window for approvals on the digital route will open at midday on 5 July 2021 and close on 17 September at 5 pm. Applications submitted by 5 August 2021 at 5 pm will go through the early submissions process outlined below.

Approvals Timelines

Qualifications submitted within the first month of the approvals window will go through the early submission process. Applicants submitting early will have more time to refine their submission ahead of the resubmission deadline. Early submissions may be approved ahead of final outcomes in summer. Applicants with approved qualifications can begin notifying delivery partners ahead of published outcomes.

Higher Technical Qualifications approvals process: key stages

Application window opens: 5 July 2021

  • application window opens
  • support sessions for applicants
  • applicants gather evidence from employers in preparation to submit completed applications   

Application window closes 

  • Early Submissions: 5 August 2021
  • Standard Submissions: 17 September 2021
  • applicants submit all applications

Institute Review and Consultation

  • Institute holds public consultation
  • peer review input received
  • Ofqual and OfS advise Institute. Ofqual may hold meetings with relevant awarding organisations.
  • analysis against criteria
  • officials put the advice to route panels
  • route panel meet and make recommendations

Feedback 

  • Institute provides feedback on the application and copyright transfer
  • some qualifications may be approved
  • some qualifications may require amendments

Resubmission of required changes

  • qualifications resubmitted with required amendments
  • Institute analysis against criteria

Approved qualifications confirmed

  • the final list of approved digital qualifications published
  • reconfirm terms & conditions of approval