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Accreditation of Certificated Practitioners 2

This module enables The Open University to recognise and give you credit for specified practice-based qualifications that you already have. If you’re working in computing or ICT, you may have acquired qualifications from leading software or technology vendors like Microsoft. Such vendors offer a portfolio of qualifications connected to a specific job function – for example Systems Administration, Systems Security, Network Engineer or Application Development – certifying that you have reached particular levels of knowledge and competence. As this module awards academic credit for qualifications you already have, there’s no additional study involved. However, you are expected to have successfully completed a related OU module.

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2 9 5
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Distance Learning
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Teaching and assessment


Thsi module gives you credit for non-OU qualifications you already have. As such, it has no assignments to complete. However, in order to pass, it’s necessary to have studied and passed one or more of The Open University’s related academic modules – exactly which module(s) depends on which qualification you’re studying towards. For example, you might be studying for a Foundation Degree in Computing and IT Practice. Each set of evidence is assessed on an individual basis.

Future availability

You can submit evidence of your vendor qualifications once a year, starting in October. 


As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the Module Regulations and the Student Regulations which are available on our Essential documents website.

Course work includes:

End-of-module assessment
No residential school


As well as specific vendor qualification(s) that you wish to claim OU credit for, normally you should have completed one of the 60-credit options below before you register:

Before you register, you must check whether your own qualifications can be used to gain credit for this module (or its OU level 1 equivalent, MT127). To see the current list of applicable vendor qualifications, visit the module website (you can also email from this page for further information).

If you have any doubt about the suitability of the module, please contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service.


Start End England fee Register
03 Oct 2015 Jan 2016 Not yet available

Registration opens on 12/03/15

October 2015 is the final start date for this course. For more information, see Future availability.

Ways to pay for this module

Open University Student Budget Account

The Open University Student Budget Accounts Ltd (OUSBA) offers a convenient 'pay as you go' option to pay your OU fees, which is a secure, quick and easy way to pay. Please note that The Open University works exclusively with OUSBA and is not able to offer you credit facilities from any other provider. All credit is subject to status and proof that you can afford the repayments.

You pay the OU through OUSBA in one of the following ways:

  • Register now, pay later – OUSBA pays your module fee direct to the OU. You then repay OUSBA interest-free and in full just before your module starts. 0% APR representative. This option could give you the extra time you may need to secure the funding to repay OUSBA.
  • Pay by instalments – OUSBA calculates your annual fees and spreads them out over up to a year, enabling you to pay your fees monthly and walk away with a qualification without any further debt. APR 5.1% representative.

Read more about Open University Student Budget Accounts (OUSBA).  

Employer sponsorship

Studying with The Open University can boost your employability. OU qualifications are recognised and respected by employers for their excellence and the commitment they take to achieve one. They also value the skills that students learn and can apply in the workplace.

More than one in 10 OU students are sponsored by their employer, and over 30,000 employers have used the OU to develop staff so far. If the qualification you’ve chosen is geared towards your job or developing your career, you could approach your employer to see if they will sponsor you by paying some or all of the fees. 

  • Your employer just needs to complete a simple form to confirm how much they will be paying and we will invoice them.
  • You won’t need to get your employer to complete the form until after you’ve chosen your modules.  

Credit/debit card

You can pay part or all of your tuition fees upfront with a debit or credit card when you register for each module. 

We accept American Express, Maestro (UK only), Mastercard, Visa/Delta and Visa Electron. 

Gift vouchers

You can pay for part or all of your tuition fees with OU gift vouchers. Vouchers are currently available in the following denominations, £10, £20, £50 and £100. 

Mixed payments

We know that sometimes you may want to combine payment options. You may, for example wish to pay part of your tuition fee with a debit card and pay the remainder in instalments through an Open University Student Budget Accounts (OUSBA).

For more information about combining payment options, speak to an adviser or request a call back.

Note: Your permanent address/domicile will affect your fee status and therefore the fees you are charged and any financial support available to you. The fees and funding information provided here is based upon current details for  year 1 August 2014 to 31 July 2015.
This information was provided on 31/10/2014.

What's included

As an accreditation of your existing practice-based qualifications, this module does not have any study materials associated with it. Shortly after the start of the presentation, we’ll send you an assessment guide. This describes the documentation you’ll need to provide when submitting evidence of your vendor qualification(s). For most vendors, this is a transcript of the exams and other assessments you have passed.