Train Aid’s PTLLS Coordinator Tom has attempted to clarify the confusing situation regarding the changeover from the Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS) program to the new Level 3 Award in Education and training and the Level 4 Certificate in Education and training.

It is worth noting that there have by no means been wholesale changes. The new e&t courses will still have the look and feel of the petals program, and both qualifications certify people to teach within the adult sector. Read on for more of Tom’s thoughts. Over to you Tom:

Please see the table below, which maps the teaching qualifications from the old to the new format:

Old Format New Format
PTLLS Level 3 and Level 4 Level 3 Award in Education and Training
CTLLS Level 3 and Level 4 Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training
DTLLS Level 5  Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training

As you can see the replacement for PTLLS (Award in Education and Training) can no longer be completed at level 3. Therefore the current PTLLS Level 4 is not the equivalent to the new Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training.

My professional advice to you on this course would be to complete the new Level 3 Award in Education and Training, unless your employer has specifically requested that you obtain the Level 4 PTLLS. Even if they have requested this I would make sure they are fully aware of the changes and that they do not require you to complete the new Level 4 qualification (Certificate in Education). If they do want you to complete the new level 4, then you will need to complete that after completing the new Level 3 Award in Education and Training on this course.

I hope this makes sense. As I stated earlier Train Aid is approved to offer both formats of the qualification, but I would strongly recommend the newest form. It's true that everyone recognises PTLLS at the moment, but within a year the new Education and Training (EAT) programmes would have completely replaced it.