Our history and more…

Founded as a professional development association in England, comprising academic professionals drawn from various UK educational institutions, our initial objective was to provide management professionals resident in the UK with knowledge and skills needed for their professional development. Most of our initial work centred on continuing professional development in the fields of Business, Finance and Energy Management.

Years on, we approached NCFE (formerly Northern Council for Further Education; an Ofqual regulated UK based national awarding body) to discuss a working relationship. In 2010, NCFE paid us a (audit) visit at our Carlisle Learning Resource Premises to undertake a site and systems audit.

IPED gained an unconditional approval from NCFE in 2010, in only one visit, following the site and systems audit. We possessed all the necessary human, physical (premises and equipment) and system resource requirements to gain unconditional approval from one of UK’s most robust national awarding bodies. We thereafter proceeded to participate in NCFE’s customized award for group diplomas. Our NCFE number is 062290 (ref:IPED UK).

We have also had entry with UK Learning Records Service – for the Unique Learner Number scheme.

In UK, we are able to deliver our own courses directly to users, in our capacity as a distance/tutorial/examining organization (without requiring third party outsourcing), parallel to being able to deliver courses from other awarding organizations depending on arrangements. 

In 2017, we focused our attention on the delivery of International Single Diplomas (also known as Single Subject Diplomas), which are easier and more flexible to administer and deliver. With ISDs/SSDs, the individual modules that make up our group diplomas are treated as unique individual standalone courses, and learners are certified for each module upon completion of that module, instead of waiting to complete the entire group diploma. Additionally in relation to organizations that wish to deliver Single Subject Diplomas from us, SSDs are extremely convenient and flexible. Because ISDs/SSDs are similar in nature to CPDs – Continuing Professional Development, especially in relation to users of our courses in the UK, this has greatly reduced our need for third party certification, unless at the group diploma level.

In 2011, we developed an international vision of delivering courses outside the UK. As a result, we became the first professional UK institute to obtain recognition from the Ghana Government (National Accreditation Board, Ministry of Education – Ghana) to deliver Oil and Gas Management courses (among others) from Level 4 Diploma to Level 6 Graduate Diploma.

We also work with the General Certificate of Education (GCE) Board, Republic of Cameroon in the delivery and assessment of IPED courses.

IPED courses are also delivered in approved centres in Asia and the Caribbean.

Useful Resources

•    Historical NCFE Centre Approval Certificate 2015
•    Historical NCFE Centre Approval Certificate 2010 - 2013
•    Historical NCFE Approval Visit Report
•    Codes of Practice
•    Equality and Diversity Policy
•    Malpractice and Maladministration Policy