ICSA, is the only independent, not-for-profit, regulatory body for cookery schools in the UK. Promoting excellence in cookery skills and training.
Applying schools must provide professional teaching standards, taught by designated professional Chef Tutors. Experienced in teaching and professional cooking. Membership is by application and invitation.
Your ICSA accreditation provides:
- Official endorsement of your school and signature courses.
- Improved profile, recognition and credibility.
- Added value elements to your school and related courses.
- Student reassurances in their qualification being recognised in related industries through our partnership with CTH.
- A robust and systematic process for measuring the quality of your training and learning provision.
- Increased overseas student appeal.
- Part of on-going industry improvements via lobbying and representation on behalf of all members.
- Access to expertise that can help your organisation grow including marketing support & materials.
- Nutritional network initiative, broadening the reach and effectiveness of ICSA member schools
- Virtual support direct to members.
- On-line courses and content to students and the public.
Your Head Chef Lecturer must be an experienced/qualified teacher and express a clear specialism, whilst providing a broad knowledge of Chef teaching and cookery skills.
Your courses must focus on core competences, whilst also provide clear levels of skill based teaching and training.
Provided equipment must be of professional chef/catering standard. Each student must have their clear designated own work station and access to all appliances.
Promoted through all classes, we encourage members to share informed knowledge and practices in healthy cooking, leading to healthy eating and nutrition, for a healthy mind, body and wellbeing.
Members are requested to support and promote where possible our core values. These help underpin our organisations credentials, focus and ethos:
Single use plastic free
Support British produces & suppliers.
Showcasing high animal welfare and organic farming.
ICSA MEMBERSHIP CATEGORIES
‘ICSA ACCREDITED MEMBERSHIP 2020/21’
Status available to all ICSA Members who have been assessed and qualify under the above criteria, delivering the ICSA core values.
All benefits listed are included. The ICSA Accredited Member 2021′ Kite Mark’ is available to all who renew, adhering to all criteria.
Accredited Membership: £360 per annum*
NOW available Monthly by automated ‘Go-cardless’ Standing order. £30 per month + £5 per month Admin.
*Membership renewals subsidised by our Partners at Nisbets Catering.
Available for all members who purchase from Nisbets Catering min £1000 per annum.
Reduced price available on all renewals made before September 30th 2020
Member Category Upgrades: Members are now able to choose to upgrade their status, to help with more targeted support and associated marketing.
All upgrades below are now available to choose at your discretion based on your business proposition and needs.
Upgrade prices listed INCLUDE the ‘Accredited Member’ discount.
YOUR MEMBERSHIP INCLUDES:-
‘ICSA ACCREDITED MEMBER’ KITE MARK
Displayed on your website homepage and key pages, showcasing your membership and ‘Accreditation’ status of your cookery school, once accredited. Assessments will now be reviewed remotely within 2 years. Visits within 3 years, or following any operational changes/negative student feedback.
Full listing on the ICSA membership accrediting website.
Including interactive map search, venue profile listing, imagery, full facilities listing, contact details, and website link.
Premium ‘ICSA Member’ certificate supplied to underpin your membership credentials.
MEMBERS ONLY WEB FORUM
Full access to your ICSA members forum, with access only to existing members to discuss issues and ask questions to other members. Member only articles covering industry issues to help you plan courses and respond to trends and legislation. Plus access to ‘Greatest British Supplier Partner’ discounts of up to 50% off essential products, offering additional savings to all members.
MEMBERS ONLY FACEBOOK PAGE:
Regular posts and news updates by operational team and discussions by members.
Request to join here
COOKERY SCHOOL ASSESSMENTS
One of our qualified members will arrange a visit to assess your school and attend one of your signature courses and help profile your school for future activity focusing on the teaching facilities and the overall ‘Experience’ your school offers.
VIRTUAL: + £85. ACTUAL: £225
COOKERY SCHOOL EXPERIENCES
Member schools can be invited to be included in the ‘Greatest British Cookery School Collection’, promoting lifestyle focused masterclass courses to over 1/4 million high end consumers annually, supported by lifestyle media.
COOKERY SCHOOLS COLLECTION: NATIONAL PRINTED GUIDE
Featuring industry and lifestyle news, insights, profiles and listings.
Supporting ICSA Core Values/Ethos and unique features of membership.
Distributed to all ICSA Member schools, course attendees plus purchasers of Gift experiences, gift cards and myLakeland members
Furthermore, as a ‘Not-for-Profit’ organisation, any profits from incremental sales and support will be re-invested back into the ‘ICSA Membership Fund’ for the benefits of operating ICSA, supporting and marketing its members.
PROFESSIONAL SUPPLIER DISCOUNTS
All members receive up to 20% off related professional services including: Consultancy, Marketing, Professional Photography, Videography, Copy writing, Website building and support, PR.
To be held virtually in November. Details to be announced.
IN RETURN, ALL MEMBERS ARE REQUESTED TO SUPPORT:-
FIVE CORE VALUES & AIMS: Above.
NEW ICSA LOGO/LINK & CERTIFICATE
Display updated ICSA Kite Mark logo link on website & literature to be supplied.
Accreditation certificates must be displayed in view of students.
ICSA course information sheet inserted into welcome packs where appropriate.
Accept /Promote current National ‘ICSA Cookery School’ monetary gift vouchers scheme in association with myLakeland and our ‘Greatest British’ consumer partners.
Zero% redemption commission.
0% management/credit fees taken from unclaimed vouchers, you receive 100% of redemptions at your school!
Profits to be re-invested back in to ICSA Membership Fund.
Allocate up to £100 of RRP value per venue for National promos/comps/reader offers.
+ Offer x 1 day course or x 2 half day course space for national prizes.
SOCIAL MEDIA ENGAGEMENT
TAG @ICSACookSchools &/or @GBCookSchools on relevant tweets/posts to be RT/supported.
Interactions on our members Facebook & our NEW www.Instagram.com/ICSacookeryschools
Share PR stories with ICSA PR for additional support.
NATIONAL ICSA COOKERY SCHOOL FORTNIGHT
National publicity in partnership with ‘British Food Fortnight’. Details to follow.
ICSA Students Club. All ICSA students are offered the opportunity to upgrade following their course to our ICSA.club which offers additional benefits including exclusive news from our ICSA members, last minute courses, competitions and discounts off member books, and with our partner suppliers.
ICSA.CLUB & SCHOOL MEMBER BENEFITS:
- 10% Off at ALL Lakeland Retail Stores: For cookery equipment and accessories.
- FREE 3 months trial of CKBK recipe platform: Containing over 8,0000 recipes. Ideal for course content. Saving recipe on student book purchase!
Last Minute course offers: Repeat visit promotions.
- E-Learning Certificate Inclusion.
ICSA MEMBERSHIP UPGRADES
ICSA 'CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE'
An ICSA ‘Centre Of Excellence’ is reserved for members who specialise in core skills, such as Plant Based, Butchery, Fish, Bakery, Confectionary and Nutrition related courses, will now be able to upgrade to showcase their specialism through their membership, by upgrading from the entry level membership to receive additional pro-active support and benefits.
These core courses will be able to be part of the progressive teaching points system, recognised towards the Levels 2-4 qualifications provided by the Academy Schools. Building on the partnership announcement with CTH, we will now be identifying those member schools who are also part of the CTH qualification.
|ICSA ‘CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE’||Individual value|
|Benefits include all ‘ACCREDITED’ Member benefits, Plus:-|
Listing fully searchable by ‘Centre Of Excellence’ core categories and specialism.
|CONTENT GENERATED FEATURE|
Inclusion of submitted feature on your schools core specialism, featured on the ICSA website and associated B2C websites.
Pro-active posts and Retweets/shares of your own venue relevant content.
|GIFT EXPERIENCE PROFILE SOLUTION|
Promoted via ICSA website and parter ‘Gift Experience’ websites and social media, profiling your specialist courses and Masterclasses as gift solutions.
Included in dedicated Foodie-consumer focused e-shot to 15,000 high net worth consumers x 3
Featured in the ‘Cookery Schools Collection’ Magazine, printed November 2020 as a ‘Centre Of Excellence’
Invited to host a Parter event linked to Lakeland Retail Stores and customers.
Six Monthly Virtual-forum with other ‘Centres of Excellence’ and associated Partners.
Specialist virtual 1-1 with with our Consultants on operational issues, advise and legislation. One per annum. £125 thereafter.
Plus Extra 1 ticket (total x 2 with Foundation Member ticket)
|CPL: Certificate of Prior Learning Programme.|
Inclusion in the ICSA Certificate of Prior learning programme, in association with ICSA Academy CTH qualifications. E-certificates to be included.
|‘Centre Of Excellence’ category £660 Per Annum.|
Or £55 per month + £5 pm admin. Price includes the above ‘Accredited Member’ discounted renewal subscription and related benefits.
As an Academy Member, centres enjoy the benefit of being part of ICSA’s Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) Scheme through which Academy members are fed students by the new ‘ICSA Centres of Excellence’ with Recognised Prior Learning towards formal training units for CTH qualifications.
ICSA Academy Member Requirements
To hold ICSA Academy Member status, members must:
• Meet all ‘ICSA Accreditation’ requirements, and:
• Deliver training leading to an accredited qualification at any RQF* Level, or hold a formal training agreement with an institution delivering accredited qualifications, or:
• Be an ICSA Centre of Excellence delivering self-accredited qualifications who demonstrate active progression towards delivery of RQF* accredited qualifications.
• Demonstrate clarity and honesty in the way they market their professional courses in such a way as to not mislead prospective students.
• Be registered on the UKRLP
• Be registered as a data handler with the Information Commissioners Office.
• Keep student admission and attendance records.
• Have sufficient number of first-aid trained staff.
• If students are under 18 years old or there are vulnerable adults: Safeguarding policy, Enhanced DBS disclosure records for all staff, a nominated person with overall responsibility for student welfare.
• Have the following policies in place with a system for regular updating**:
– Complaints Procedure
– Terms and Conditions of Enrolment
– Assessment Appeals and Re-Sit Policy
– Equality Policy
– Health and Safety Policy
– Anti-bullying Procedures/Policy
– Disability Policy
*Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF). https://ofqual.blog.gov.uk/2015/10/01/explaining-the-rqf/
**ICSA can provide templates/support to members who do not currently have these in place.
|ICSA ‘ACADEMY’ Members will also receive:-||Included|
|ICSA WEBSITE: ACADEMY PROFILE FEATURE UPGRADE|
Including video option showcasing your venue to potenial students (self recorded within spec) eg Leiths Academy Listing
Shares & RT’s on all key Academy generated comms which ICSA is Tagged.
#AcademyICSA TAG for all key comms
|CONTENT GENERATED FEATURES|
Professionally written features can be submitted for inclusion on the ICSA website, and associated B2C websites where relevant.
|ICSA STUDENT PROGRAMME|
Invitation for all course attendees to sign up to our ICSA.club’ membership, for additional student discounts on course materials, cookery utensils from our supplier Partners, plus exclusive content and access to our E-LEARNING programme.
Inclusion in the ICSA-E-Certificate of Prior learning programme. Delivering ICSA E-certificates on proof of virtual-course attendance, as part of our ICSA Student membership programme.
– Full details to follow on how we are speeding up our members on-line presence.
|CTH MEMBERSHIP SAVINGS|
All CTH applications and associations on-going student fees will be reduced to ICSA Academy members:
– 50% off the listed rate for New Centre Approval
– 10% off the listed rate for existing and new student examination/assessment
Actual or virtual: x 2 additional tickets (On top of ‘Accredited member’ ticket. 3 in total.)
Inclusion on the quarterly on-line forum with fellow Academy members, select supplier demos, new product trials and guest speakers.
|ICSA ACADEMY Member: £960 Per Annum.|
Or £80 Per month + £5pm Admin. Price includes the above ‘Accredited Member’ discounted renewal subscription and related benefits.Also now qualifying for CTH student fee reductions.
COOKERY SCHOOL ASSOCIATE
COOKERY SCHOOL ‘ASSOCIATE’
Available as a entry level step into becoming an ICSA Accredited Member.
Schools and partners supporting ICSA and the membership are able to benefit from the ICSA network and support whilst they apply for full membership, or brand Partner status.
Qualifying schools must provide an excellent cookery experience prior to assessment as they are either not yet ready, or have yet to be assessed (within 12 months of application)
– All, including the associates, can now benefit from the ‘ICSA Partner Support’ including:
|ICSA ‘ASSOCIATE’ BADGE||Included|
Profile within the ‘Associates’ section.
Increased discounts from our Partner suppliers, up to 30% on key items
including reduced rate utilities.
|NATIONAL GIFT VOUCHER SCHEME|
National Gift voucher scheme inclusion – 10% processing fees
|ON-LINE FORUMS |
Invite to participate on open virtual-forums on key topics.
Cookery Schools Collection Magazine Inclusion.
Access to our network of professional advisors, cookery school consultants and Marketers, and reduced preferential rates.
Attendance to open section, with ‘meet the supplier’ benefits. Ticket price TBC.
|‘ASSOCIATE’ PARTNER STATUS: £360 Per Annum.|
Or £30 Per month + £5pm Admin.
Price includes all other category benefits above but is NOT an Accredited member, so unable to display or use the ICSA Accreditation Kite Mark.
COOKERY SCHOOLS COLLECTION
All categories of ‘Member’ and ‘Associate’ are now able to benefit from multi-platform promotion across our lifestyle consumer focused websites, social media, print and Gourmet-Lifestyle.club membership.
Reaching 100’s of thousands of high end aspiring gourmand consumers, for good causes.
Website here. Full details on request.