Descriptions of the national professional qualifications (NPQs) to help current or potential participants understand the standards providers must meet.


NPQ content and assessment framework: a guide for participants

Ref: DfE-00194-2019PDF, 978KB, 53 pages

NPQ quality framework: a guide for participants

Ref: DFE-00289-2017PDF, 269KB, 21 pages


The content and assessment framework sets out the knowledge and skills that providers must teach as part of each NPQ, and the tasks and criteria against which providers will be required to assess their candidates.

The quality framework sets out the standards of provision that providers must meet to retain their accreditation.

The following course descriptions are available:

Published 20 October 2017
Last updated 2 October 2019 + show all updates

  1. Updated Annex A in ‘NPQ content and assessment framework’ to include changes to the content and assessment framework (CAF).
  2. First published.