ELCAS is a UK Ministry of Defence scheme that contributes towards the cost of lifelong learning for armed forces personnel, both serving and those who have left the military.
We are pleased to be an approved training provider for the Enhanced Learning Credits Administration Service (ELCAS) programme.
The scheme provides an opportunity to gain new skills and qualifications that improve employability in future civilian careers across many industries.
As an ELCAS-approved learning provider we meet quality standards and accreditation requirements to ensure that the training offered is of high quality and meets the needs of armed forces personnel.
We offer a range of management systems and business improvement training courses through ELCAS:
- CQI and IRCA Lead Auditor training courses
- CQI and IRCA Auditor Conversion training courses
- ISO 9001 Internal Auditor
- IEMA Environmental Management System (EMS)
- RSS Lean Six Sigma Green Belt
Select your preferred training course from the table below.
ELCAS provides funding for up to 80% of the course fees for approved courses. Delegates are required to make a personal contribution of at least 20% towards the total course cost. Please note ELCAS funding does not cover costs in relation to travel, food or accommodation.
Eligibility for claiming ELCAS, 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.
Funding via ELCAS is available to members of the armed forces who meet specific criteria.
To find out if you are eligible for ELCAS funding you can submit an application through the ELCAS online portal. The Enhanced learning Credits Claim Form for serving personnel can be found here, and the form for service leavers can be found here.
The form will ask for information 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 their last day of service and a utility bill.
You will also be asked for Bywater’s Learning Provider ID, which is 11235.
Following approval for funding ELCAS will give you a Claim Authorisation Note (CAN) which you should email to Bywater at email@example.com. This will allow us to process your booking.
For funding towards our Lead Auditor training course, Auditor Conversion course or ISO 9001 Internal Auditor training course, we recommend you submit your claim to ELCAS at least 6 weeks before 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 CAN. Retrospective ELCAS claims are not permitted.
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
Anyone wishing to carry out ISO 9001 internal and external audits as a lead auditor can gain the skills they need with this CQI and IRCA certified course.
The course satisfies the training requirement for certification to all grades of IRCA QMS Auditor.Next Course: 11 - 15 December 2023 in Daventry, Northamptonshire
ISO 9001 Internal Auditor Training Course | 2 days
This CQI and IRCA certified course delivers the knowledge and skills required to plan, conduct and follow up internal audits of quality management systems again ISO 9001:2015.
On successful completion attendees will receive a recognised CQI and IRCA certificate of achievement.Next Course: 12 - 13 December 2023 in Daventry, Northamptonshire
ISO 14001 Lead Auditor Training Course | 5 days
This IEMA, CQI and IRCA certified course will enable delegates to carry out both internal and external audits of environmental management systems (EMS) against ISO 14001.
The training fully satisfies IEMA requirements for environmental auditors and principal environmental auditors.Next Course: 22 - 26 January 2024 Online
IATF 16949 Lead Auditor Training Course | 5 days
This CQI and IRCA Certified training course develops the knowledge and skills needed to conduct effective 1st, 2nd or 3rd party QMS audits against IATF 16949.
Designed for those needing to assess compliance of an organisation/supplier against IATF 16949:2016, the course fulfils the CQI and IRCA training requirements for registration as a QMS lead auditor.Next Course: 11 - 15 December 2023 in Coventry
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 December 2023 Online
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: 11 - 15 December 2023 Online
Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Training Course | 2 days
For those who need a fundamental understanding of methodologies and tools to get started with Six Sigma projects, this course provides an excellent introduction. This Bywater training is certified by the RSS, the owner of the certification scheme.
The course makes up the first 2 days of our Lean Six Sigma Green Belt training course.Next Course: 11 - 12 December 2023 Online
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: 29 January - 02 February 2024 Online
Internal Environmental Management System Auditor Training Course | 3 days
This IEMA certified course gives delegates the knowledge they need to plan, execute, report and follow up internal EMS audits against ISO 14001.
The course is a combination of our Introduction to ISO 14001 and ISO 14001 Internal Auditor courses, making it the right choice for those who are new to ISO 14001 and auditing.Next Course: 15 - 17 January 2024 Online
Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Training Course | 5 days
As our most popular Six Sigma course, this RSS certified Green Belt training is ideal for anyone who needs to participate in Six Sigma projects at an intermediate level.
The course incorporates the introductory Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt training course, so delegates do not need prior knowledge of Six Sigma.Next Course: 11 - 15 December 2023 Online
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: 11 - 13 December 2023 Online
RSS 18404 Six Sigma Green Belt Development Programme | 8 days
This RSS certified course is the best choice for those working towards RSS ISO 18404 certification through 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: 11 - 15 December 2023 Online
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: 05 - 06 February 2024 Online
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: 29 - 31 January 2024 Online
ISO 14001 Auditor Conversion Training Course | 3 days
This course is designed for existing 1st, 2nd and 3rd party auditors working in other disciplines who would like to extend their knowledge and skills to auditing an EMS against ISO 14001.
The course is CQI and IRCA certified.Next Course: 11 - 13 December 2023 Online
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