Apply to join the apprenticeship provider and assessment register (APAR)
From Tuesday 1 August, the register of apprenticeship training providers (APAR) is now called the apprenticeship provider and assessment register (APAR). The content within this apply journey will be updated shortly.
Use this service to join the apprenticeship provider and assessment register (APAR) so you can train apprentices in England.
We'll guide you through the application and you can ask for help on each page. You do not have to complete your application in one go, you can save your details and finish it later.
The Department for Education (DfE) will use information:
- in the public domain to support the assessment of application answers
- they already have on your organisation to support the assessment of application questions
- from your application to verify the people in control of your organisation. This is defined in the Persons with Significant Control Regs 2016
Before you make an application, you should understand that your organisation:
- must develop and deliver a quality apprenticeship as described by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (opens in new tab)
- will not join the APAR until it completes all post application tasks - we'll tell you more about this in the application (not for supporting providers)
- must agree to the conditions of acceptance for the APAR (opens in new tab)
You'll need to allow approximately 12 weeks for them to assess your application. This may take longer during busy times.
Once your organisation is on the APAR, it will be:
- listed on the apprenticeship provider and assessment register (APAR) (opens in new tab)
- eligible to receive government funding to train apprentices
Being on the APAR does not mean your organisation is recommended by DfE. It cannot use DfE as a 'kite-mark' or an award and will not have an identification number for the APAR.
What you'll need
Make sure your organisation has:
- an apprenticeship service (AS) account (if you do not have one, you can create one when you apply)
- a UK provider reference number (opens in new tab)
- an Information Commissioner's Office registration number (opens in new tab)
- a UK business address
Applicants to the main provider or employer provider route must also have:
- Been actively trading for at least 12 months and have financial information to support this.
- The ability to train apprentices in the first 6 months of joining the register.
- A management structure that has experience of developing and delivering training.
Applicants to the supporting provider route must have been actively trading for a minimum of 3 months.
Applicants must not have an inadequate Ofsted grade for apprenticeships (or for overall effectiveness under its FE and skills remit where there is no separate apprenticeships grade) in their latest inspection report.
Your organisation can only apply once in a 12-month period.
If you're a registered company, you should check that Companies House has the correct information for your company directors and people with significant control.
If you're a registered charity, you should check that The Charity Commission has the correct information for your trustees and people with significant control.
You will need to choose your organisation's provider route.
Your organisation will directly deliver training to apprentices for other organisations. While doing this, it can also train:
- its own employees
- employees of connected companies or charities
- act as a subcontractor for other main and employer providers
Your organisation will directly deliver training to its own employees. While doing this, it can also train:
- employees of connected companies or charities
- act as a subcontractor for other employer or main provider
To be an employer provider, your organisation must be a levy-paying employer.
Your organisation will act as a subcontractor for main and employer providers to train apprentices up to a maximum of £500,000 per year.
If your organisation is new on the register, it will be limited to £100,000 in its first year.
Depending on your organisation and provider route, you may need to know:
- who's in control of your organisation and their dates of birth
- your organisation's financial information
- if anyone who's in control of your organisation has any unspent criminal convictions
- how your organisation manages its relationship with employers and subcontractors
- who's in your organisations management hierarchy for apprenticeships
- the sectors your organisation will offer apprenticeships in
- how your organisation plans to deliver apprenticeship training
- who will deliver apprenticeship training, including any sector specific experience and qualifications they might have
- how your organisation will evaluate training
Depending on your organisation and provider route, you may need to upload:
- financial evidence covering the last 12 months
- a continuity plan for apprenticeship training
- an equality and diversity policy
- a safeguarding policy
- a Prevent duty policy
- a health and safety policy
- a complaints policy
- a contract for services template with employers
- a commitment statement template
- a policy for professional development of employees
- a copy of your management hierarchy's expectations for quality and high standards in apprenticeship training
If your application is unsuccessful, we will provide feedback.
If you want to know more about becoming an apprenticeship training provider, read the following guidance: