The MOD (Ministry of Defence) introduced the Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC) Scheme to encourage lifelong learning amongst members of the armed forces including Serving Personnel and Service Leavers from the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force (RAF). Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC) can be used to pay for approved ELCAS training courses.

As an ELCAS Approved Learning Provider, Serving Personnel and Service Leavers can undertake our approved ELCAS approved certified courses through the ELC Scheme. Our approved ELCAS training courses include our CQI and IRCA certified Lead Auditor and Auditor Conversion training courses, IEMA Environmental Management Systems course and RSS Lean Six Sigma Green Belt training course.

We offer management system and business improvement training courses through ELCAS. All of our 5 day CQI and IRCA Lead Auditor training courses and our three day CQI and IRCA Auditor Conversion training courses are available through ELCAS. In addition our two day ISO 9001 Internal Auditor, three day IEMA Environmental Management System (EMS) training course and 5 day RSS Lean Six Sigma Green Belt training course is eligible for ELC funding.

Our 5 day Lead Auditor training courses provide delegates with the skills to effectively plan and conduct internal and external audits. Training is available across a range of ISO management standards including; ISO 9001 Quality Management, ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety Management, ISO 14001 Environmental Management and IATF 16949 Automotive Quality Management. Our 3 day Auditor Conversion training courses are designed for existing Lead Auditors who wish to expand their skills to audit against a further management standard, for example ISO 45001, ISO 14001 or ISO 27001.

All of our training courses are available within our Virtual Classroom and at over 15 venues across the UK. Please click here to view all of our ELCAS training courses and upcoming course dates.

ELCAS Enhanced learning credits

The Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme (ELC) provides Service Personnel and Service Leavers with access to Further Education and Higher Education to allow personnel to enhance their qualifications and aid transition from the Service.

ELC provides assistance to Service Personnel and Services Leavers in the form of financial support towards courses approved by ELCAS. ELC provides funding for up to 80% of the course fees for approved courses listed on the ELCAS website. Delegates are required to make a personal contribution of at least 20% towards the total course cost. Please note ELC funding does not cover costs in relation to travel, food or accommodation.

Eligibility for claiming ELC, and the amount you can claim, is based upon the time you have completed eligible service and, if you are a Service Leaver, when you left.

Full details of the ELC eligibility criteria and how to submit a claim can be found on the ELCAS website. Details for Serving Personnel can be found here, details for Service Leavers can be found here.

To apply for funding towards your Lead Auditor training course, Auditor Conversion course or ISO 9001 Internal Auditor training course, we recommend submitting your claim to ELCAS at least 6 weeks prior to the course start date to allow time for your ELCAS application to clear. It is important you choose your course carefully as we can only accept bookings for the course details on your Claim Authorisation Note. Retrospective ELC claims are not permitted.

The Enhanced learning Credits Claim Form for Serving Personnel can be found here, the form for Service Leavers can be found here. The form will ask for details such as personal details, your service number and enlistment date. Those no longer in service are also required to provide information such as evidence of your last day of service and a utility bill. You will also be required to provide our Learning Provider ID which is 11235.

Following approval for funding ELCAS will provide you with a Claim Authorisation Note (CAN). Please email the CAN to Bywater at contact@bywater.co.uk to allow us to reserve your course place and process your booking. Your personal contribution for the course is due 14 days prior to the course date, or immediately if the course starts sooner.

Choose your ELCAS course

ISO 9001 Lead Auditor Training Course | 5 days

This CQI and IRCA certified training course is designed for anyone wishing to perform the role and tasks of a lead auditor in conducting ISO 9001 internal and external audits.

The course satisfies the training requirement for certification to all grades of IRCA QMS Auditor.

Next Course: 06 - 10 June 2022 Online
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ISO 9001 Internal Auditor Training Course | 2 days

This CQI and IRCA certified course is suitable for those who need to conduct internal audits of quality management systems against ISO 9001:2015.

On successful completion students will receive a recognised CQI and IRCA certificate of achievement.

Next Course: 31 May - 01 June 2022 Online
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ISO 14001 Lead Auditor Training Course | 5 days

This IEMA, CQI and IRCA certified course is ideal for anyone aiming to lead or perform internal and external ISO 14001 environmental management system (EMS) audits.

The course fully satisfies IEMA training requirements for environmental auditors and principal environmental auditors.

Next Course: 06 - 10 June 2022 in Belfast
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IATF 16949 Lead Auditor Training Course | 5 days

  • CQI and IRCA Certified, this course develops the knowledge and skills needed to conduct an effective first, second or third party QMS audit against IATF 16949
  • Based on the requirements of  IATF 16949 and ISO 9001, this certified Automotive Lead Auditor training course is designed for those needing to assess compliance of an organisation/supplier against third party standards 
  • Fulfils the CQI and IRCA training requirements for registration as a Lead Auditor
Next Course: 20 - 24 June 2022 in Coventry
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ISO 17025 Lead Auditor Training Course | 5 days

This CQI and IRCA certified course is suitable for anyone interested in conducting effective audits to assess compliance of laboratories against ISO/IEC 17025.

Prior knowledge of ISO/IEC 17025:2017 is valuable and we offer an Understanding ISO 17025 training course with a discount for those who would like to book both courses together.

Next Course: 11 - 15 July 2022 in Windsor, Berkshire
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ISO 45001 Lead Auditor Training Course | 5 days

This CQI and IRCA certified course is suitable for those involved in internal or external audits relating to OH&S who wish to perform the role of lead auditor.

Students who have no prior knowledge of ISO 45001 will benefit from first attending our Introduction to ISO 45001 training course.

Next Course: 06 - 10 June 2022 in Leeds, West Yorkshire
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Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Training Course | 2 days

Certified by the Royal Statistical Society, this course is an excellent introduction to Lean Six Sigma methodologies and tools for anyone with an interest in or a role to play in Six Sigma projects.

The course makes up the first two days of our Lean Six Sigma Green Belt training course.

Next Course: 27 - 28 June 2022 Online
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ISO 27001 Lead Auditor Training Course | 5 days

This course is suitable for those involved in carrying out internal and external audits of information security management systems (ISMS) against ISO 27001. Focused on a central case study, the interactive training gives delegates the confidence to plan, conduct, report on and follow up an ISMS audit.

The course is CQI and IRCA certified. Delegates will need prior knowledge of ISO 27001 to make the most of this training, and we suggest first attending our Introduction to ISO 27001 course.

Next Course: 06 - 10 June 2022 in Kensington, London
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Internal Environmental Management System Auditor Training Course | 3 days

Delegates to this IEMA certified course will gain the knowledge to plan, execute, report and follow up internal EMS audits based on ISO 14001:2015.

The course combines our Introduction to ISO 14001 and ISO 14001 Internal Auditor courses in one 3-day package.

Next Course: 13 - 15 June 2022 in Belfast
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Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Training Course | 5 days

As our most popular Six Sigma course, this RSS certified training is ideal for anyone who needs the knowledge and skills to participate in Lean Six Sigma projects at Green Belt level.

The course incorporates the introductory Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt training course, so no prior knowledge of Lean Six sigma is required.

Next Course: 27 June - 01 July 2022 Online
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ISO 45001 Auditor Conversion Training Course | 3 days

This CQI and IRCA certified course is designed for existing lead auditors in other disciplines who would like to learn about auditing against ISO 45001.

The course satisfies CQI and IRCA training requirements for initial certification as an IRCA OH&SMS auditor.

Next Course: 04 - 06 July 2022 Online
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RSS 18404 Six Sigma Green Belt Development Programme | 8 days

This RSS certified course is the best choice for those working towards ISO 18404 certification with the Royal Statistical Society under the RSS 18404 Sector Scheme.

The programme includes our certified 5-day Lean Six Sigma Green Belt training course together with 2 days of further practical experience, 1 day of preparation for Green Belt certification, and 1:1 coaching with a Master Black Belt.

Next Course: 27 June - 01 July 2022 Online
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ISO 45001 Auditor Migration Training Course | 2 days

Certified by CQI and IRCA, this training course is designed for existing OHSAS 18001 auditors wishing to transition to the newer ISO 45001 standard.

The course satisfies the CQI and IRCA training requirements for those maintaining their IRCA OH&SMS auditor registration.

Next Course: 18 - 19 July 2022 Online
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ISO 27001 Auditor Conversion Training Course | 3 days

This CQI and IRCA certified course is designed for existing lead auditors in other disciplines who wish to extend their knowledge and skills to perform internal and external audits of information security management systems against ISO 27001. 

Successful completion of this course will meet the training requirements for certification as an Auditor through IRCA's ISMS Scheme.

Next Course: 20 - 22 June 2022 in Leeds, West Yorkshire
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ISO 14001 Auditor Conversion Training Course | 3 days

Existing 1st, 2nd and 3rd party auditors who wish extend their knowledge and skills to audit an EMS against ISO 14001 will benefit from attending this course.

The course is CQI and IRCA certified.

Next Course: 11 - 13 July 2022 in Leeds, West Yorkshire
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