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Immigration and asylum accreditation frequently asked questions

What are the Immigration and Asylum level 2 course and assessments?

The re-accreditation course and online assessments replace the previous three-hour written examination by CLT. The course provides individuals applying for re-accreditation with a comprehensive update on immigration legal aid practice to help prepare for the assessment.

What does the course cover?

The course comprises updates on legal aid for immigration work and appeals. Divided into three modules the course covers seven core areas of legal aid practice:

  • asylum claims and procedures
  • trafficking and domestic violence
  • detention and deportation

How can I take the course?

You can choose to take the course online or book a place on an in-person course. The online course allows you to take the three key modules separately or together. Each module lasts 90 minutes. 

You can start and re-visit the online courses as often as you like within a period of 180 days from the date of purchase.

What is the cost of the courses?

The online course costs £275 (plus VAT). This includes the manual and the assessments.

How will I be assessed?

Following completion of the course, whether online or face-to-face, candidates should complete an online assessment for each of the three modules. The online assessment does not have to be taken at the same time as the course.

How do I access the assessment?

Completion of the online assessment is via your account in the Professional Development Centre (PDC). Once you have completed the online courses, a 'launch assessment' button will be displayed on the webpage for each module. Click on the button to start the assessment.

How do I create an account at the PDC?

  1. Go to the the PDC 
  2. Click on the 'register now' button
  3. Complete the form

What mark do I need to pass the assessment?

A pass mark of 60 per cent in each of the three modules is required to pass the assessment.

Are there example questions for the online assessment?

Example scenarios and questions are included at the end of each module. These are in the same style as those that will be used in the online assessment.

When will I get my results?

You will get your results immediately following your assessment.

What happens if I fail my assessments?

You will have one opportunity to re-take one or all of the module assessments. You may repeat the assessment immediately or at a time convenient to you. This is free of charge. Should you fail any assessment for a second time, you will have to apply for initial accreditation. For more information, please refer to the re-accreditation guidance notes.

Are there course materials and/or a handbook?

A manual is included as part of the course, and we will send this to all candidates who apply to take the re-accreditation course, whether online or face-to-face.

Candidates will benefit from reading the manual before the course and in preparation for the assessments. It will also be a useful casework resource thereafter.

Level 2 - Senior caseworkers are expected to be practising in at least one of the core areas and to have a knowledge of the material contained in the manual.

When should candidates apply to take a course?

Candidates can apply to take a course up to six months before their accreditation expires.

Can I apply for re-accreditation as soon as I have successfully passed my course assessments?

Once candidates have completed the course and online assessment, a completed re-accreditation application form can be submitted up to six weeks before the expiry date.

Do PDC points gained from the re-accreditation course count towards the number of professional development hours required each year?

No. The mandatory course does not count towards the required professional development hours. It can, however, be included as additional training completed above and beyond the minimum six hours.

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