The role of the Institute of Science & Technology as a validating body has greatly increased in recent years. This in particular is due to the Institute establishing:

A Special Relationship Scheme (SRS)

This is where a college can submit a programme of study to the Institute for approval for delivering the programme and assessing the candidates. The outcomes are then submitted to the Institute for moderation / verification and production of certificates.

Corporate Affiliation

Association with a professional body at employer level can provide benefits to both employers and employees. The IST’s Corporate Affiliation scheme offers a framework via which employers can establish a formal association with the IST, this can be taken up by organisations or discrete parts of an organisation, e.g. departments, divisions, faculties. Affiliated Corporations/Organisations are expected to be supportive of the IST’s aims, objectives and activities and committed to the continuing professional development and professionalisation of their employees.

Amongst the benefits that IST offer within the Corporate affiliation scheme, the following relate specifically to training support, validation and certification.

  • IST validation/endorsement for in-house training programmes with annual review
  • Support for in-house events where appropriate (details to be agreed)
  • Support for professional registration activities (details to be agreed)
  • Discount on fees for all employees who attend IST training events, workshops and conferences

Corporate Affiliation Scheme – further information. If you require further information or wish to discuss this option please contact