NPQ FAQs: I don’t work in a school or early years

What do I need before registering for an NPQ?

Before you register, you’ll need to make sure you have done the following:

  1. Got a Teacher Reference Number (TRN)
  2. Chosen a training provider
  3. Know how your NPQ is being paid for

Do I need a Teacher Reference Number (TRN) even though I’m not a teacher?

Yes. Everyone who registers for an NPQ will need a TRN, even if you’re working in early years, further education or qualified as a teacher outside England.

How do I get a TRN?

You need to apply to the Teaching Regulation Agency.

Email qts.enquiries@education.gov.uk with (all of the following):

  • your full legal name
  • your date of birth
  • a scanned copy or photo of one proof of ID - this can be your passport, driving licence (full or provisional), certificate of residence or birth certificate
  • “Request for a TRN” in the subject line of the email

They aim to respond to your email within 5 working days.

How do I choose a provider?

NPQs are offered by the following lead training providers:

You should look at their websites to see if they offer courses in your area and how they deliver training. Contact them if you have any questions.

How is my NPQ paid for?

There are a number of ways to pay for an NPQ:

If you do not think you’re eligible for DfE scholarship funding, you should discuss how you’ll pay with your training provider.

What is a full and relevant qualification (NPQ for Early Years Leadership only)?

‘Full and relevant qualifications’ are defined as level 3 qualifications (or higher) that demonstrate depth and level of learning appropriate to specified outcomes of full early years, childcare or playwork qualifications.

The qualification should have valid, reliable assessment and awarding procedures and must include an element of assessed performance evidence.

How do I register for an NPQ?

Visit the Register for an NPQ service. Complete the steps on the service and your chosen provider will get in touch with more details.

I need more support

Contact continuing-professional-development@digital.education.gov.uk with any questions.