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Updated 20.04.2021 09:51

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We have updated the documentation for VRQs. Please see below for the most up to date versions

VRQ Centre Adaptation Guidance for Hair and Beauty– UPDATED 19.4.21
VRQ Centre Adaptation Guidance for Sport– UPDATED 20.4.21


Following recent announcements by Government on the lifting of coronavirus restrictions, Further Education Colleges and Independent Training Providers offering regulated qualifications can return to face to face teaching and assessment from the 8th March onwards.

Ofqual’s regulatory arrangements permit awarding organisations to make adjustments to qualifications and assessments to take account of the impact of the pandemic and the need to comply with public health guidance. Any adaptations we make will maintain the validity and reliability of occupational qualifications.

We are committed to supporting centres and learners throughout this time and have already published a toolkit of adaptations for different qualifications to support learners. We will keep these documents under review to take into account any decisions from Ofqual’s current consultation on their VTQ Contingency Regulatory Framework.

The latest COVID-19 information and guidance will be updated here.

If you have queries about an existing booking or a new booking or have any queries with the iTEC adaptations please email Kate Morris.

Certification Update

Following the re-opening of schools, colleges and training providers in England on 8th March, VTCT and iTEC are pleased to confirm that main certificate printing/dispatch services will resume from 1st April 2021.

Certificates posted to:

  • Centres in the UK are sent 2nd Class via Royal Mail’s Signed For service
  • Centres in the EU are sent 2nd Class via Royal Mail’s International Tracked and Signed service

If your centre is still not in a position to receive deliveries due to the impacts of COVID-19, please let us know by 1st April. You can contact the Processing Department directly at certification@vtct.org.uk or call our Customer Support Team on 02380 684 500.

If your centre is affected by future COVID-19 restrictions or lockdowns, please ensure VTCT/iTEC are kept updated. VTCT/iTEC cannot take responsibility for any loss due to unknown centre closures.



iTEC & VTCT Response to Covid-19 Outbreak

Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic is a fast-paced and fluid situation and is affecting countries across the world at different rates, as national governments put in place contingency plans to contain and delay the outbreak. As a multi-national organisation working with education providers, employers and governments across multiple countries, iTEC and VTCT are closely monitoring the global situation and putting in place our own measures to support our employees, centres and stakeholders.

We are releasing information to our centres relevant to the part of the world you are operating in. Please select from the options below to read the information for your country.

Supporting You

We are currently building a library of resources to help you, including links to online learning, answers to frequently asked questions, and links to useful support.

Weekly Webinars

Our Learning Resources

Other Learning Resources

Ireland and Europe

Frequently asked Questions

About COVID-19

In response to the ongoing outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) in China and elsewhere around the world, VTCT would like to issue guidance to our centres, and partners to prevent as far as possible further spread of the virus.

A coronavirus is a type of respiratory infection. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China in January 2020.

The incubation period of COVID-19 is between 2 and 14 days. This means that if a person remains well 14 days after contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus, it is unlikely that they have been infected.

The following symptoms may develop in the 14 days after exposure to someone who has COVID-19 infection:

COVID-19 seems to start with a fever, followed by a dry cough and then, after a week, leads to shortness of breath.

But these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness. The symptoms are similar to other viruses that are much more common, such as colds and flu.

Government Advice:

You may be interested to review the official UK government advice for educational settings, found here.

Further resources for educational settings are located here.

Advice for Business and Employers can be found here.

Advice for the General Public can be accessed here.

If you would like to speak to us, please call our Customer Support Team on +44 (0)23 8068 4500, where you will be able to speak directly to one of our advisors.