Questions we're frequently asked...

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A: No account needed! Simply join from your browser…


A: No, you don’t even need an account 🙂 

A: Yes we do have an invoice option available. You can simply select the invoice option at the checkout or emails us on academy@1stc.uk 

A: Yes you can. You can simply do so by booking the course via Reed.com and selecting the 12-month instalment option at the checkout. You can view our Reed profile here.

A: Yes we do! You can view our onsite course costs here and select the course page that you would like to view by simply clicking on course cost.

A: Absolutely, we have attendees from all over the world who join our open courses published on our course calendar.

A: If you’re attending an open course published on our course calendar then our courses start at 9am London UK time and so please check your time difference. If you would like us to deliver an in-house course for your staff, we can do that in your time zone via Zoom as long as you have at least 8 attendees 🙂

We also deliver BRCGS Food Safety courses based on US time zone 10am – 5pm EST/EDT (3pm – 10pm UK UTC/GMT/BST). You can view our upcoming dates on our course calendar here…




A: Anywhere in the UK, just contact us for a quote. And if you are further afield, give us a shout anyway and we’ll see what we can do.

A: You sure can! It means that when you book, our system will see by your address that VAT (UK tax) does not need to be added to your booking.

A: Yes they are! The course content belongs to BRCGS and attendees complete the official multiple choice exam on the BRCGS Educate platform to get their certificate. Only BRCGS ATP’s and AVT’s may deliver their courses. Find us here including links to our BRCGS profiles 🙂

A: This is only for any BRCGS courses you attend (does not apply to our STC courses). As we deliver official BRCGS courses, you will need an account so that you can receive an official BRCGS certificate for the qualification you have achieved. You can find useful videos on how to get started with BRCGS Educate here.

A: Yes please! We welcome all feedback and appreciate customers taking the time to do so. Please visit https://g.page/r/CfAwYuMzVADxEAg/review to leave a Google review. Thank you.

A: It’s a recognition programme for professionals working for BRCGS certificated sites (Food, Packaging, Storage & Distribution, Agents & Brokers and Consumer Product industries). Gaining recognition from BRCGS means that the person has a professional level of knowledge and competency in their industry. This has been achieved through attaining a variety of qualifications, which have been assessed by either exam or assignment to demonstrate competency. The product safety related courses (such as HACCP / PCQI / HARA etc.) can have been achieved through other providers and don’t need to be BRCGS qualifications, however the remaining qualifications are BRCGS qualifications, one of which needs to relate to the standard relevant to your industry. You can find more information here or on the BRCGS website. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions at all related to this programme.

A: We get asked this question quite a lot. And it depends on the purpose of getting an Auditor qualification.
  • Do you want to become a third party auditor for a certification body? If so, please see this very useful leaflet. 

  • Do you want the qualification simply so that you can know more as a consultant, or to conduct first-party (internal) or second-party (supplier) audits? In this case, simply attending one of our auditor courses will qualify you to do exactly that. There are a number of options, please see this useful graphic to view them. 
A: Great question! Firstly we need to explore what accreditation means; “if something has accreditation, it is officially accepted as being of a particular standard”, (Definition of accreditation from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Let’s look at the BRCGS and our STC qualifications:
  • BRCGS: No, however it is accepted that they are developed by industry experts and the owners of the various standards.
  • STC: Yes, the courses are CPD accredited. There are a variety of accrediting bodies and CPD accreditation is simply a recognition of continued professional development, particularly relevant to industry. STC is also an approved Highfield training centre, and Highfield courses are accredited by OFQUAL. The advantage with that is that OFQUAL are well respected, however it is the course specification (the agenda, the hours and objectives for example) which is assessed rather than the actual course content. STC develop our own qualifications using industry experts to create up to date and value adding content with sensible exams as the final assessment. You can of course get an accredited Highfield qualification with us, simply book on our Highfield courses – between BRCGS, STC and Highfield courses (and don’t forget to checkout our eLearning range too), we bring you a fantastic choice 🙂

A: Here’s a useful video on where to find any of the BRCGS standards, including the new Food Safety Issue 9 standard.

A: Here’s a useful video on where to find positions statements relevant to your standard.

A: Yes we can! We have a document ready to send to you if you are or have been a customer of the STC Academy. Please send us an email to academy@1stc.uk and we’ll sent it right over to you 📨

Yes, we do!

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Sirius Training & Certifications Ltd.

Our mission at the STC Academy is to develop people. Coaching, training and guiding people on their journey is what makes the job worthwhile. We support sites through the delivery of a variety of training courses and through consultation. Our customers are primarily food and packaging manufacturers, storage & distribution businesses, agents and brokers and also consultants and auditors.

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