FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What can you tell me about the programmes?
The Certificate and Diploma is aimed at all adults (16+). It will allow you to achieve a qualification doing something you love, awarded by the Craft Qualifications Centre in association with NCFE. The Certificate can be associated with many different paper craft techniques, but this particular programme will focus mainly on card making in all of its forms, and scrapbooking. The Diploma can relate to any craft at all, from making teddy bears or jewelry, to carving wood, or soap and candle making
Who are NCFE?
NCFE is one of the UK’s fastest growing National Awarding Bodies, designing and awarding qualifications that are nationally, and even internationally, recognised.
NCFE is recognised as an awarding body by the qualifications regulators. They provide a wide range of qualifications at different levels and in a variety of subject areas. Their qualifications are offered to the public via Approved Centres across the UK, including schools, colleges, adult education centres and training providers.
The Certificate and Diploma are accredited and awarded by NCFE. and are brought to you by the Craft Qualifications Centre who are an Approved Centre with NCFE.
All students are registered with NCFE. The Craft Qualifications Centre then have to comply with a very rigorous process in order to be able to offer these programmes. NCFE audit the Craft Qualifications Centre on an annual basis (or more) and have the final say on all certificates awarded.
What is the Craft Qualifications Centre
The Craft Qualifications Centre is managed by Jennie Nicell, who has been managing Approved Qualification Centres with a range of Awarding Bodies since the year 2000. Jennie is a CIPD qualified Trainer, Assessor and Moderator. In addition to her passion for qualifications, Jennie also has her own craft design company.
Jennie is delighted to be able to bring her two passions together and to be able to offer you formally recognised Certificates and Diplomas for doing something that you love as much as she does. Supporting Jennie is a small team of fully qualified Assessors, with a huge mix of qualifications, teaching, crafting and artistic experience.
Do I have to have anything to begin?
Yes, firstly you need a passion for crafting. You then need a computer, access to a computer, or someone who is happy to print things out for you. You will need to be able to email or post items to the Craft Qualifications Centre. The forms you complete will require to be typed or hand written in English. Finally, you need a passion for crafting…… well it is worth mentioning twice isn’t it!
Do I have to attend workshops?
No. the whole qualification can be completed either online, or by distance learning. Access to learning materials are provided online. However, if you already attend workshops, why not ask the tutor/owner if you can work towards this whilst you are there. If there is a group of you, the tutor can contact the Craft Qualifications Centre for support and guidance on how to help you (and maybe even receive a discount).
Do I have to sit exams?
No. All of the assessment is also done either online or by post. You can email photos of your craft designs, along with completed paperwork to your assessor, or you can post you paper crafts designs (or photos) along with the completed paperwork to your assessor.
How long does it take?
You are normally allowed up to 1 full year to complete all units. Steady progress of one unit every 3 months is achievable. If you have no experience of paper craft and require to go through the whole learning programme, you will need to set aside at least 3hrs a week over the year. This could be after the kids have gone to bed at night, one crafty afternoon each week with a friend, or just as and when you feel up to it. If you need to take a little longer than a year, this can normally be arranged as well but may require a re-registration fee. You would need to apply for an extension in writing and have a timeframe formally agreed.
Can I complete quicker?
Yes, you can complete the whole programme within 3 months (the minimal amount of time required between registration and final certification). You will be expected to provide evidence of crafting spanning a minimum of a 3 month period, but these 3 months can be in the past.
Is there are other costs on top of the course fees?
If you plan to post your creations to the Craft Qualifications Centre then you will have to pay for the postage, and also the return postage if you would like them back. The only other financial outlay will be in connection with any craft materials or tools that you wish to use as these are not provided.
What happens if I can not finish the programme?
This is unlikely to happen, unless it is down to ill health, your assessor will worth with you until you achieve a pass in each unit. In the situation that you do not wish to continue, we are regrettably unable to refund any costs already paid. However, you can order a formal certificate to cover any units that you have already completed.
I live in Australia/American/Amsterdam, can I do this programme?
Yes, this is open worldwide and NCFE have approved these programmes globally. We have already had successful students from UK, Australia, America and even Japan.
Will I learn everything there is to know about card making and scrapbooking in the Certificate programme?
No. The learning programme covers all of the basics. New products and processes are introduced to the craft world so frequently, it would be impossible to maintain up to date learning materials. The onus is on you to further develop you own knowledge and skills using your own preferred methods i.e. magazines, workshops, tv shows, forums etc.
I have been crafting for years, do I need to go through the basic learning programme and study?
No. If you feel you are already competent, then you can move straight on to the assessments.
What if I am stuck and don’t know what to do?
You will have access to an assessor who is only ever an email away. Many students also collaborate on Facebook.
Can I fail a unit?
When you submit a unit, your assessor will provide you with detailed feedback. They will confirm that you have either passed, or require to do something further. You will then be given two further opportunities to resubmit the same unit for assessment. The feedback from your assessor should be sufficiently detailed to allow you to pass the unit within these three attempts.
Is the Certificate programme just for card makers and scrappers?
No, this Certificate in Paper Craft is happy to include all forms of paper craft. If your hobby is ATCs, making 3d models, quilling, automata, or any other hobby ending with a paper craft creation, then you can consider this programme. There is even a unit purely for those who love their electronic cutting machines.
What do I get when I register?
Access to the student only section of this website which contains the basic learning materials. As this is a Certificate at Level 1, the knowledge and skills required to achieve this are still at a basic level. There are also activity sheets to help the learning process, along with numerous free templates and designs i.e. digi stamps, card templates, mini scrapbook templates, 3d design templates etc. Where possible, all free templates are provided in numerous formats (JPEG, SVG, WPC, GSD, KNK and Ai) to suit crafters who prefer to cut things out by hand, and those who prefer to use electronic cutting machines. The Diploma (equivalent to Level 4) is also available in the same way. In fact, new students can access materials for both programmes regardless of which one they have paid to work towards.
Will other craft programmes be offered?
We are considering creating further programmes around other crafting techniques.
What happens which I finish ?
Your assessor will confirm when you have passed all of the units, thereafter your assessment file will be sent for both internal and external moderation/verification. If everything is found to be in order then you will receive a formal certificate from the Awarding Body NCFE. Announcements of those who have completed their full programme will also be made on the website and in selected magazines.
What if my paper craft designs are excellent?
If your assessor decides that you pass all four of the Certificate units with ‘pass credit’ then you will be awarded a ‘distinction’ and you will receive a different award image to use on your blog. The actual certificate received will however be the same i.e. Certificate in Paper Craft.
I am excited, when can I get started?
You can join at any time, just download and complete the application form.
Why would I want to do this programme?
Many people have not had the opportunity to achieve a qualification, either at all, or for a very long time. This may be because of circumstance, busy lives, health reasons, cost, or even just because their strengths didn’t lie with academic subjects. Hopefully this particular programme will remove many of these barriers allow you to now achieve a Certificate or Diploma for doing something you love.
In addition, a few people have mentioned that they face a constant battle persuading their partner to let them have time and money for crafting; how perfect to be able to use the excuse that you are working towards a Certificate or Diploma.
If you love joining in challenges on forums, making paper craft items for family and friends, or even selling your creations, then hopefully you will pick up a few ideas that will improve your skills and allow you to progress your paper crafting, or even just give you the boost of knowing that your designs are of the required standard to achieve a formal certificate. This may give you the confidence to enter more competitions, share your creations with magazines, apply to join design teams, or take that first step towards selling your designs and even completing the Diploma.
Are the Certificate and Diploma on the National Qualifications Framework?
The simple answer is no, but this is for a very good reason. As these programmes are offered globally, there are different authorities in each country that level and award qualifications on the framework for their country. For example, even with the UK, there is the NCQF for England, the SCQF for Scotland, and also alternatives for Ireland and Wales. There is then a European framework, and international frameworks in other countries. Each time a qualification requires to be levelled and mapped to a framework, this comes at a cost. To be mapped to all framework globally would massively increase the cost of the Certificate and Diploma programmes. As an alternative, NCFE, as well as many other major awarding bodies, offer formal accreditation of programmes. These programmes are levelled (normally Levels 1-5 similar to the NVQ/SVQ framework) and fully approved and annually audited in exactly the same way as qualifications that are on the framework. This ensures the rigidity and standard of assessment is as fair as it possibly can be, and gives credibility to the programmes.