The Endorsement and Quality Standards Board for Community Development Learning (ESB) was established in 1997 to provide a professional system of endorsement of quality for all types of training and learning in community development work.

The role of the ESB is to ensure the standards in training and learning for community development work and workers through the professional recognition of learning. ESB contributes to a professional community development workforce accessing high quality learning through the endorsement of different learning opportunities.

The ESB endorses a broad range of learning opportunities:

Endorsing your training and learning activities is one key way of demonstrating the quality of your learning provision

Benefits of endorsement

For your participants

For your organisation

For employers

Endorsement Experiences

See what people who have been through the endorsement process. Click here to see information, presentations and thoughts on the process.

How to get endorsed

Contact us by clicking here. We can offer advice on what the type of endorsement is right for you.

To download the endorsement forms for courses, work-based learning and recognition click here.

Rigorous, Robust and Useful

The endorsement process is rigorous, robust and useful for those undertaking endorsement.  The process is based on the National Occupational Standards for Community Development Work and involves the production of an evidence based submission, a visit by ESB teams of readers and reporters, support through the process, and a panel meeting to recommend full endorsement.

ESB readers and reporters have considerable community development work and learning experience and are competent and professional in their approach to innovation and promotion of good practice.

The whole process is useful for any learning organisation to go through contributing to rigorous and robust self-assessment that improves the chances of community development learners.

All endorsed learning opportunities have to provide annual updates showing a commitment to the very best practice of community development learning.