HTQ Cycle 5 - keeping you informed

The following resources are available to support applicants in making their HTQ submission.

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Full terms and conditions document

Terms and conditions for application and approval of HTQs by IfATE


Cycle 5 application form

The cycle 5 primary application window has now closed.
The cycle 5 secondary application window will open on Monday 23rd September 2024 and will close on Friday 25th October 2024.


Knowledge, skills and behaviours coverage within the qualification

Download the qualification structure and the KSB mapping spreadsheets for the occupational route your qualification aligns to.

We expect coverage of all KSBs in the occupational standard; for some KSBs we may accept partial coverage, especially where full coverage of the KSB may be more safely and reliably delivered in the workplace. This is also consistent with section 4 I, II and III of the criteria.

Full instructions are included on the spreadsheet for ease of use offline. 

If you need any help, please contact us at



Individual support sessions

We ask applicants to attend a support session prior to submitting their application. It is important that colleagues who are responsible for the qualification design and delivery within the organisation attend support sessions to fully understand the evidence requirements to support their application. 

Applicants will need to have a support session before being able to access the online application form. 

Booking is now open for the one-to-one sessions with IfATE

If you have questions, please contact and we will aim to respond within five working days.


Resources to help you with your application:



Future opportunities for approval

We will provide applicants with the timelines for future cycles as soon as possible to give them maximum time to align their qualifications to available occupational standards within the relevant routes.

To prepare for submission we urge applicants to begin aligning their qualification to the relevant occupational standard’s KSBs and review the qualification’s content and assessment to ensure they are in the best position to be approved.

We will continue to ensure that the most up to date occupational standards are available on our website and will keep applicants updated on any revisions.



Last updated 23 April 2024
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Cycle 5 Offline Application Form: Please note, the offline application form is for reference only. Applicants must complete the online application form in order for their qualification(s) to be considered for HTQ approval.

HTQ Cycle 5 offline application form - Version 15.11.23

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