FISSS is the certifying authority for apprenticeships in Wales and hosts Apprenticeship Certificates
Working in partnership with the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES), FISSS shares the
belief that a sectoral approach is the best way to create the conditions for increased investment in skills
which will, in turn, drive enterprise, create jobs and deliver sustainable economic growth.
ACW is a web based system that is designed to enable access to training providers, employers and
apprentices to request Apprenticeship completion certificates.
FISSS sits in the middle of a hub and spoke model where SSC/SSBs use ACW to:
• Receive requests for certificates from learning providers, employers or apprentices.
• Review submitted requests and evidence provided and either approve or reject, with appropriate
reason/s and certification requests.
• Print and issue Apprenticeship completion certificates, providing that all of the current Apprenticeship
framework requirements have been met.
It is unlikely that many individual apprentices will be directly requesting their completion certificate via
ACW and they are more likely to do this via their training provider. However, the ACW system does
facilitate apprentices applying directly for their own completion certificates.
NB: The Completion Certificate Claim form must be completed by the person who is submitting the
Apprenticeship Completion Certificate Claim (also known as claimant) to confirm that all components
of the Apprenticeship framework have been completed. You can locate the form on the home page of
the ACW home page: http://www.acwcerts.co.uk/. When the form has been completed it will need to be
uploaded to the Apprenticeship Certification Wales (ACW) system.
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