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Professor Emeritus Ralph J Thomas, is the Founder and First Honorary Executive Governor General President of the UK Commission for Consistent Learning (UK-CCL), is a great visionary true to the Biblical saying, “ Where there is no vision, the people perish”. His award of “Freeman of London”is purely based on the contribution and development for Professional and Vocational Education. His personal vision as co-founder and development of two private independent universities namely the European University of Ireland and the Irish International University, both based in the Republic of Ireland, are indeed a testament to his capability. This can be confirmed if one were to delve into the depth of these universities’ inception, as it is all based on his vision.

His passion for Knowledge Learning is like an “Olympic Torch” and undying his concept ‘Knowledge Learning for career evolution’ is inimitable in style, and ushers in a revolution in the system of learn and its professional approach. As a self-made personality, Prof Ralph’s roles were manifold; starting from the hospitality industry to prestigious club organizations to professional bodies where he held high-ranking positions. Though they were all success stories, his heart and soul were set on making Knowledge Learning an affordable, easily accessible gift of God for those who are aspiring and having a world of experience behind them in their chosen professions but have been denied opportunities to get qualifications because of enormous fees prompted by a highly circuitous traditional University path.

Prof. Ralph J Thomas firmly believes that to achieve great things in life, one must not only dream but must believe in one’s self, plan and act upon it. He started UK-CCL as a symbol of quality, as an independent standards evaluating organisation with the prime task of assessing, examining and validating independent learning institutions and their kind the world over by the establishment of a system of accreditation. For authenticity and credibility of UK-CCL, he obtained the approval stamp of “British Qualifications” an A-Z directory to learning, technical, professional and academic qualifications in Great Britain in its 32nd and subsequent editions and recognition from many Professional Institutions along with business establishments worldwide. Prof. Ralph J Thomas is ever willing to offer more to the service of Professional and Vocational Knowledge Learning- but 25 hours a day is not enough for him

Prof. Ralph J Thomas tirelessly worked in getting academicians, eminent Knowledge Learnings, professionals and notable public figures to serve in UK-CCL to advise, monitor and maintain very high standards for what UK-CCL stands for: quality professional qualifications in a viable capsule. He is undaunted in his indefatigable efforts in his dedication to the advancement of candidates by working closely with employers, businesses, professional bodies and learning institutions the world-over to obtain recognition for Professional and Vocation Knowledge Learning as meritorious with a strong emphasis on excellence for this 21st century.

It is our great delight in welcoming every prospective participants as the UK-CCL team of professionals. We believe that you would find the new environment both challenging and enjoyable. We are aware that joining our group of professionals can be very demanding but be assured, that this will bring good rewards at the end. To achieve your firm objectives, UK-CCL will render any assistance at all times. We are conscious that there is much to learn about UK-CCL within a short period of time and hope that our Affirmation of Prior Learning and Experience would be of assistance and motivate you. Other manuals would provide you with the necessary information that you may require to understand the vision of UK-CCL.

We are delighted to be your guide during your assessment period and will also be more than happy to support you with any day-to-day issues that may arise. Should you have any queries or encounter any difficulties, please do not hesitate to contact us at any time for we are ever ready to render assistance. We hope that you are availing our service of your own free will and understand that you will give us your full corporation in spreading our vision, which can elevate your organisation into becoming one that meets certain criteria and is of high standard. To recognise and validate prior learning and experiences of candidates by awarding them with appropriate professional qualifications under a scheme of Affirmation of Prior Experience and Learning (APEL).

The main aspiration of UK-CCL is not only to help candidates to better themselves but also to serve the world through its Council of Consistent Learning, Consortium of Certified Learning, Commission for Community Learning, Congress for Commitment in Learning, and Corporation of Consistent Learning.

The UK Commission for Consistent Learning (UK-CCL) is a unique verification organisation. Its purpose is to innovate and validate Professional & Vocational Learning Qualifications worldwide for those who wish to pursue further studies. To this end, UK-CCL has on its panel highly qualified international professionals as Examiners, Assessors and Validators. They are all members of the Executive Board of Examiners & Assessors (UK-CCL-EBEA). UK-CCL collaborates with International Professional Awarding Bodies in offering Accredited Professional Qualifications and Membership in all areas of life. UK-CCL places great emphasis on“PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE QUALITY STANDARDS” and has thus has developed PQMS and endorsed the UK-CCL Quality Mark. The UK Commission for Consistent Learning believes that the setting and implementation of Professional Knowledge Qualifications Standards can only be effective if full account is taken of regional priorities on a global scale. For this reason, we have set up regional or sub-regional centres with qualified representatives to resolve specific localised issues.

Regional representatives have a crucial leading role in the delivery of UK-CCL vision and mandate. Their main activities are:

  • To gather relevant information to be used by UK-CCL to achieve its objectives.
  • To facilitate UK-CCL global policies in the regions and enlist the support of interested people at all levels.
  • To assist in the development of policies and programmes at regional levels on learning and professional issues with specific assistance from regional Governments.
  • To provide advisory services to help Governments translate global commitments on learning and professional qualifications to facilitate local economic growth.
  • To raise public awareness of Professional & Vocational Qualifications and to create consistency in Professional Knowledge Learning.
  • To collaboration with like- minded institutions, non-governmental organisations and the private sector to achieveUK-CCL global objectives.
  • To offer certified status of membership of accredited professional bodies of UK.


UK-CCL focuses on non-academic professional knowledge quality, institutional integrity and administrative responsibility. UK-CCL embarks on a number of sterling concepts to deliver the best for the ambitious. These are“global assessing and validating” of universities, learning and professional institutions, and “qualifying skills by non formal education”, ‘sensible approach for life long learning’, conducting and offering continuing professional development, vocational professional qualifications, and workshop-seminars by qualified professionals.


UK-CCL endeavours to communicate successfully within learning institutions and with the international business community to provide high level of “Professional Knowledge Qualification Standards” in elevating their standard of services to a professional level and as a liaison institution of Independent Assessing & Validating professional learning. The ultimate goal is to educate individuals and business organisations to provide high-level standard of services. These specific services of UK-CCL will stimulate creative thinking, customer care & satisfaction with effective skill development. Thus UK-CCL plays an important part in assessing a candidate’s or establishment’s progress according to expected standards and conceptual framework using an integrated set of evaluation tools to monitor progress.


The UK-CCL is an independent international knowledge qualification consortium, registered in Europe (United Kingdom). Its purpose is to encourage Professional Knowledge Qualifications in every country to promote sound quality business principles. The concept of UK-CCL has become the most important point of reference for individual candidates, companies, and colleges and universities concerned, about the high quality standard of professional Knowledge Learning. UK-CCL will recognise and accredit all institutions that meet set standards beit a voluntary or non-governmental guided self-regulated body. The governors of UK-CCL have observed the increasing demand for quality private Knowledge Learning and new learning methodologies. However, this rapid growth has often saturated the learning market with poor quality initiatives. In such circumstances, learning establishments seek the needs for quality assessment and guarantees such as UK-CCL services.

Learning Accreditation is an institutional review system. Many countries have their own means and ways of higher Knowledge Learning quality control and their regulatory procedures are usually implemented by government agencies. However such endeavours are slow and bureaucratic. Accreditation rapidly assures and promotes a sound Knowledge Learning in the private sector, which responds to the needs that the market demands. UK-CCL accreditation standards and procedures are flexible enough to take into account the peculiarities of private higher Knowledge Learning of each country. The notion of ‘human capital’ has transformed Knowledge Learning from consumption to investment, from a mainly private concern to a critical matter of public policy. Knowledge Learning must serve the society as a whole. The rapid political, social and economic changes across the world have brought in their wake increased demands for the reform of Knowledge Learning systems to meet the challenges of the next century to improve access to more cost-effective quality Knowledge Learning. The pundits of UK-CCL focus on non-academic quality knowledge qualifications, institutional integrity and administrative responsibility.

Accreditation of Career Progress Development (ACPD)


Unlike traditional Knowledge Learning systems, our role is not simply that of classroom oriented training, but taking into consideration of life long work experience in offering Professional Knowledge awards. We endeavour to deliver quality learning that is related to the cutting edge of research, industry and management practice. We translate people’s wide range of experience and working with management teams, into a learning experience that matches the expectations of a premier training establishment.

The opportunities within UK CCL enable individuals to progress in Higher Knowledge Learning at all levels of Learning including postgraduate programmes offered by the appointed awarding institutions. A further bonus of this the added advantage of obtaining Professional Membership with recognised Professional Bodies of UK. Learning can be certified, but most of the learning at work, home or in the community often is not. This is the sad truth. There are millions of individual in this world with knowledge and skills but their expertise is not taken into consideration and given credence just because they do not have formal Knowledge Learning. Taking this into account, UK CCL has developed a scheme called Accreditation of Career Progress Development (ACPD) by helping candidates to gain recognition of what they have learnt and acquired and by offering credit units towards a professional knowledge qualifications.


Lifelong Learning and Continuing Professional Development are the two main phrases that can be used to describe and emphasise changes taking place in Knowledge Learning and training. Adults who seek an opportunity to enhance their career prospects can apply to come under the Accreditation of Career Progress Development (ACPD) scheme. ACPD could support your personal and professional development. The ACPD scheme is an alternate towards the path to Universities and Professional Bodies. This scheme would be very suitable for busy working professionals who have an abundance of knowledge, skill and ability. All candidates will be scrutinised to show if they possess evidence of this attainment/quality, before being considered for the scheme and the particular award.

Thus, high calibre and dynamic candidates, who have acquired and developed their skills through career progress development programmes, would be awarded professional degrees through the Accreditation of Career Progress Development (ACPD) scheme. In addition to the vast knowledge and expertise that they have, candidates would be required to submit a Project Paper in their area of work and expertise, to complete the final qualification. ACPD encourages:

  • Learning from experience; growth with one’s company/organisation’s progress.
  • Developing one’s profession in learning while earning.
  • Changing directions and having a breakthrough into higher paths in one’s career which up to now seemed impossible.

UK CCL has developed a process that helps candidates to put together a claim to fulfil entry requirements or to garner professional degree credits by matching their current and prior learning against the specific requirements of a particular award. The ACPD is designed to encourage candidates to have their skills Recognised; Reflect on learning acquired from paid and voluntary work; Review whether learning matches the requirements of the qualification sought; and Prepare a claim for its application and award. The Universities and Professional Bodies appointed by UK CCL acknowledge the validity and credibility of the Accreditation of Career Progress Development to evaluate skills, knowledge and experience of a busy working professional.


Candidates who wish to obtain a professional qualification would be given individual advice, guidance and the options available. Candidates are free to select the appropriate method depending on their work area and expertise. Candidates are encouraged to identify the discipline and speciality that they want to develop further and the professional award that they would like to achieve. A decision would be made via the initial interview session wherein the candidate concerned would chose on the discipline and the level of professional qualification that he/she desires.

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Receive Complete Applications and Initial Screening:

The following documents are have to be completed and submitted for initial screening and acceptance.

  • APEL Application form
  • Detailed Resume or CV, as per format, based on the following guidelines:
  • Name, Address, Date of Birth, Marital Status, Academic Qualifications, Professional Qualifications, Training Acquired and Courses Attended, other activities and hobbies,       Employment Record, Two References - one for character reference (not relative), Employer’s Recommendation towards applicant’s suitability for the scheme.
  • Photocopies of Qualifications and Certificates.
  • Photocopies of letters related to work experience.
  • Two passport sized colour photographs
  • Registration fee (non refundable) payable to UK COMMISSION FOR CONSISTENT LEARNING


An interview, Individual Advice Session (IAS) would be called for by an assessor of UK-CCL to discuss and advice candidates as to their suitability in regard to their chosen discipline. The IAS would also assist in identifying the current knowledge and skills of the candidate and the contributions that ACPD would make to meet the candidate’s mission and vision

Selection of Discipline for Project Paper

Resulting from the interview and the advice given, the candidate would then select the desired discipline for the eligible professional knowledge qualifications.

Submission of Project Work

Candidates would be required to submit a project paper in their chosen field/major. The candidate would be required to submit his/her project paper within the set dateline.

In-Depth review of Project Paper

An authorised assessor would undertake an in-depth review of the project paper. The project paper should, amongst other contents, also contain an Abstract, Introduction, Literature Review, Methodology, Findings and Analysis, Conclusion and Recommendations, and Bibliography.

Assessors’ Review & Report

The authorised assessor would forward his written report and recommendations based on his in-depth review of the Project Paper and accompanying documents. The candidate would be informed of his/her date for a final review and a viva session.

Final Review and Viva

A final review and viva session would be held with the candidate. The candidate would be required to orally explain his findings, conclusion and recommendation as contained in assignment. It would also be required to explain its implementation and actualisation at workplace.

Credit units towards a professional knowledge qualification would also be raised based on the professional expertise and skill acquired lifelong learning. This coupled with credit units from previous skill and work experience. Credits will also be raised from the corrective measures that is proposed in the project paper in any given situation where there is a problem or problems to be resolved and finally from the overall positive impact that would result from implementation and the benefits realised. Assessment will be made on the actual implementation and results of the assignment and the conclusion will contribute towards Credit Accumulation Transfer (CAT).

Acceptance of Application

Candidates would be informed as to the outcome of the final review and viva session based on the assessor’s review & report. If it is found that the candidate does not meet with the ACPD criteria, he/she would be recommended to apply for the professional knowledge qualification via the ACPD scheme. Successful candidates in the meantime will proceed to certification and graduation.

Certification and Graduation

Successful candidates would be notified in writing, as to the professional degree that is being awarded. The venue, date and time of the graduation ceremony would also be notified in writing to enable the candidate to make appropriate travel arrangements. The above descriptive processes could also be visualised in conjunction and relative to the ACPD process flow chart.

The Main Aspiration of UK-CCL Is to Serve
the International Business World!

Council of Consistent - Learning!

Consortium of Certified - Learning!

Commission of Community - Learning!

Congress of Commitment - Learning!

Corporation of Consistent - Learning!



Category Percentage
Basic Credit Unit 3%
Knowledge Bonus Credit Unit 9%
Character Credit Unit 6%
Loyalty Credit Unit 4.5%
Communication Credit Unit 12%
Campaign Credit Unit 12%
Employment Credit Unit 6%
Determination Credit Unit 15%
Panorama Credit Unit 10.5%
Core Skills Credit Unit 22%
Total 100%


Category Percentage
Basic Credit Unit 6%
Knowledge Bonus Credit Unit 12%
Character Credit Unit 9%
Loyalty Credit Unit 12%
Communication Credit Unit 12%
Campaign Credit Unit 12%
Employment Credit Unit 3%
Determination Credit Unit 6%
Panorama Credit Unit 6%
Core Skills Credit Unit 22%
Total 100%


Category Percentage
Basic Credit Unit 3%
Knowledge Bonus Credit Unit 9%
Character Credit Unit 6%
Loyalty Credit Unit 4.5%
Communication Credit Unit 12%
Campaign Credit Unit 12%
Employment Credit Unit 6%
Determination Credit Unit 15%
Panorama Credit Unit 10.5%
Core Skills Credit Unit 22%
Total 100%

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and verification of Professional Knowledge Awards