CIEH – voluntary surrender of recognition

CIEHAs many of you will be aware, the CIEH has announced it intends to surrender its status as a regulated awarding organisation and is withdrawing its regulated and non-regulated qualification provision. We recognise this is a deeply worrying time for existing CIEH centres, many of whom will have already allocated budgets and purchased resources for programmes of learning and assessment.

Highfield has been operating in the compliance market for over 30 years and has been one of the UK’s leading providers of food safety, health and safety, first aid and numerous other vocationally related qualifications since our awarding arm was established. Highfield is passionate about supporting businesses and continuously raising standards, and currently provides qualifications and learning resources to over 2 million learners per year. Our Chairman Richard actually developed most of the original CIEH food safety courses and is recognised as being one of the world’s leading industry experts.

Highfield is already providing assistance to numerous organisations affected by the announcement and will be offering free registration (usually £400) to all UK-based CIEH centres until 31 December 2016. We will ensure that, given the opportunity to work with you, the transition over to Highfield will be seamless. Also you will have the added benefit that Highfield offers all of the main qualifications (and many more) that were offered by the CIEH. This means you will only need to register with one awarding organisation if you offer a full suite of food safety, HACCP or health and safety qualifications. Our range of compliance qualifications can be viewed here.

Highfield has a very experienced team who can help at any time with any questions you have, however, we also offer a free-to-subscribe food safety LinkedIn group, which has around 1,000 members. If you would like to discuss food safety-related issues with fellow trainers, you may wish to consider joining this group. You can join here

As the UK’s leading provider of compliance qualifications, we are proud to work with a wide range of small and large training providers, colleges, local authorities and corporate clients. Our brand is well known and respected throughout the UK and internationally.

To speak to a member of our team, please call us on 0845 226 0350/01302 363277, or email us at

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