For us to be able to solicitor certify your City & Guilds vocational qualification, we need to see the original certificate. The same goes for NVQ, ESOL, QCF, RQF etc.
Once we’ve confirmed that your National Vocational Qualification(NVQ) is genuine, we can certify a copy, or the original, for the FCDO.
Getting an apostille usually takes 2 to 3 days, and costs start from £110, including solicitor fees, FCDO fees, our fees, and VAT.
We can return the legalised documents via DHL courier (next-day service), or you can collect them in person from our London office – 24 hours.
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The full order process
Make sure that your National Vocational Qualification(NVQ) can be legalised with an apostille. Your certificate should not be damaged or altered in any way.
Contact our office.
When emailing, please provide the following information:
- In which country will your NVQ be used?
- Should we legalise the original or a certified copy?
- How soon do you need the apostille?
- How will the NVQ qualification be delivered and returned?
When we have all the information, the team will assess your enquiry and give you a quotation.
If you accept the quote, the process of getting an apostille starts.
Once your City & Guilds qualification has been apostilled, we will send you a scanned copy via email.
If you are not collecting your apostilled document from our London office – we will provide you with the DHL tracking number given by the courier.
Note that we return documents by DHL courier only. If you want to make other arrangements, please let us know.
Getting an apostille for City & Guilds vocational qualifications starts from £110. (includes solicitor fees, FCDO fees, our fees & VAT).
Other costs will depend on what service you choose (express service), if you also need embassy attestation, and what return delivery method has been chosen.
Additional cost examples are:
- Same day or express service (+ £123)
- UK return delivery costs (+ £20)
- Notarisation by notary public (+ £90)
- Embassy authentication (from £75)
- Translations (from £60)
How long does it take?
Our standard processing time for getting an apostille is 2-3 days.
Here is what 2 to 3 days mean:
- If your documents arrive by 10 am, it will take 2 days to process your documents + next-day return delivery.
- If your documents arrive after 10 am, then it would take 3 days to apostille your documents + next day return delivery.
We also offer a same-day apostille service.
- Documents must arrive before 10 am for the same-day service.
- Documents can be collected around 4 pm the same day.
Same-day service assumes you can drop off and collect your documents on the same day at our London office.
If a mailing or courier service is utilised, the same day becomes a 24-hour service.
Document receipt and return services
We have several ways documents can be delivered and returned like, email, in-person, post, or private courier.
Are City & Guilds qualifications recognised outside the UK?
Yes. City & Guilds vocational qualifications are recognised in more than eighty countries worldwide .
You need to certify and apostille the qualification to get them legally recognised. Hague member countries only require an apostille, whereas non-members might also require embassy legalisation and notarisation.
Are ESOL qualifications internationally recognised?
Yes. Some ESOL qualifications are designed to be recognised internationally. ESOL International qualifications are not the same as ESOL Skills for Life.
ESOL Skills for Life are primarily intended for speakers of other languages who wish to live and work in the UK or another English-speaking country.
ESOL International qualifications are intended to be evidence of English language proficiency in any country.
What are QCF and RQF?
The Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) was the national transfer system for education qualification in England, Northern Ireland and Wales until October 2015 .
The QCF has now been replaced by the Regulated Qualification Framework or RQF .
The aim of these frameworks is to indicate which qualifications are at a similar level because they require similar time and work. The RQF recognises that, although qualifications may be at a similar level, they are not necessarily directly equivalent .
Why do I need apostilles for my vocational qualifications?
Overseas authorities can request that you legalise your qualifications with an UK apostille from the FCDO. Here are a few circumstances when an apostille may be required or requested:
Who can ask for apostilles for my vocational qualifications?
Apostilles for vocational qualifications are usually requested by prospective employers when you apply to work overseas. They may also be requested for the purposes of study or further training.
Can I get apostilles for qualifications issued in another country?
No. The FCDO provides apostilles only for qualifications issued by a recognised authority in the UK.
Apostilles for foreign qualifications are issued in the country from which the qualification was obtained.
Can I get apostilles with copies of my qualifications?
Yes. The FCDO will accept copies of your qualifications provided the copies have been certified by a solicitor or notarised by a notary public.
Authorities and employers in some countries may require notarisation of your original certificates by a notary public or may ask for other legal confirmations and embassy attestation.
Always check the requirements in the destination country.
Is additional documentation required if I apply for an apostille from outside the UK?
No additional documentation or certification of your vocational qualifications will be needed to get an apostille if we are applying for the apostille on your behalf.
Can I get an Apostille for my vocational qualifications even if I no longer live in the UK?
Yes. Provided your vocational qualifications were issued in the UK, you can get an apostille from the FCDO. The FCDO does not supply apostilles for qualifications obtained outside the UK.
We can deliver your documents and apostilles to you in any part of the world.