To comply with the enactment of the 2009 ASCL Act, Apprentices who successfully complete their Apprenticeship from 13 April 2011 onwards must apply for their own completion certificate (for English Apprenticeship frameworks only) using the ACE online system. However, with the authorisation of the Apprentice, the training provider may apply for the Apprenticeship completion certificate on the Apprentices' behalf.
Apprentices must complete and sign the new Universal Apprentice Declaration and Authorisation Form on completion of their Apprenticeship, in order for their completion certificate to be claimed.
The EU Skills Apprentice Certificate Authorisation Form and Version 1 of the Universal Declaration Form previously available on this web page will be accepted until 28 February 2013 but providers are encouraged to start using this new form with immediate effect.
Guidance notes for completion of the new Universal Apprentice Declaration and Authorisation Form to ensure that it is completed correctly and in line with ACE regulatory and quality requirements can be downloaded here.
From 1 March 2013, only the new Universal Apprentice Declaration and Authorisation Form will be accepted and any certification claims made without this new universal form being completed, signed and uploaded will be rejected. The facility to upload separate "old" declaration/authorisation forms will no longer be available on the evidence tab within ACE.
Note to training provider: The Universal Apprentice Declaration and Authorisation Form MUST be submitted with the request for a completion certificate.
Certification is conducted through Apprenticeship Certification England (ACE) available on the ACE website.
How do I access ACE?
ACE is available on the ACE website.
How do I register to use ACE?
To register on ACE please complete the online registration form available on the ACE website.
All fields in this form must be completed to allow us to provide you with a username and password. Your log in details will be emailed to you following completion of the form. The account created through this registration from will be the "administrator" for your organisation. Each organisation will have one administrator account which can then be used to grant additional "user" accounts for your organisation.
ACE is designed to be an efficient, user friendly system. A user guide created for centres and online tutorials can be found at: www.acecerts.co.uk/tutorials
The cost of each Apprenticeship completion certificate is £22 inclusive of VAT. Payment for each certificate must be received by EU Skills before a certificate can be issued. Payment can either be by cheque or invoiced on receipt of a purchase order number. An Apprenticeship Batch Form must be completed and posted to us with payment.
Our address is:
Energy & Utility Skills
1011 Stratford Road
EU Skills will check the evidence provided for all certificate applications. If there are any problems with this evidence you will be informed via email, so it is important that all your users have an email address entered on the system. Once EU Skills has agreed the evidence provided is correct and payment has been received and is cleared, the certificates requested will be printed and posted to you at the address you have provided on ACE.
Successful Apprentices will receive the new design certificate approved by the Minister of State for further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning. The certificate includes bronze, silver or gold embossed foil seals dependent on whether an Intermediate, Advanced or Higher Level Apprenticeship has been completed.
No, Apprenticeship certification processes for Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales currently remain unchanged.
If you have any technical queries regarding ACE please contact the ACE team at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0844 573 2560.
If you have any queries regarding EU Skills' Apprenticeship frameworks please contact us at email@example.com or 0845 077 9922.