The PQASSO journey

There are two main strands to the PQASSO journey:

  1. Self-assessment
  2. Accreditation

1. Steps to self-assessment

  1. Attend introductory workshop on self-assessment
  2. Buy PQASSO self-assessment toolkit
  3. Attend two-day Implementing PQASSO training*
  4. Receive PQASSO mentor and consultancy support* 
  5. Complete self-assessment using toolkit

* Steps 3 and 4 are optional, but recommended.

Once you’ve completed self-assessment, you can apply for accreditation to obtain the PQASSO Quality Mark.

2. Steps to PQASSO accreditation

  1. Undertake self-assessment at level 1 (recommended) or level 2 in preparation for application
  2. Apply for accreditation at the chosen level
  3. Undertake PQASSO Quality Mark assessment
  4. Receive the PQASSO Quality Mark award
  5. Apply for level 2 accreditation (if applicable, optional)

Find out more about the PQASSO levels of achievement

PQASSO training events

We run various training courses and workshops throughout the year.


  • Introduction to PQASSO
  • Using PQASSO to improve your governance
  • Using PQASSO to mitigate risk – exploring the challenges for large organisations


  • Implementing PQASSO (two days)
  • How to prepare for the PQASSO Quality Mark
  • PQASSO an overview

See a full list of workshop and training dates on our events page

If you’d like to train a group of staff, we can bring our courses to your organisation. Or if you need something a little more tailored, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss your options.

PQASSO mentors

We have over 80 PQASSO mentors trained and licenced by NCVO to provide support, training and advice on PQASSO implementation across the UK and Ireland. All our mentors have different skills and areas of expertise, and offer different services.

A mentor can help your organisation with:

  • the self-assessment process
  • setting up working groups
  • providing one-to-one support
  • presenting to your trustees or leadership group
  • providing on-site training for your staff
  • supporting you through the accreditation process.

A mentor can’t:

  • assess or accredit organisations
  • tell organisations whether they are in a position to achieve accreditation.

If you’d like support from a PQASSO mentor, you can download our list of mentors (xlsx, 5MB) and contact those in your area directly. Mentor fees and levels of expertise can vary, so we advise you to contact two or three in the first instance to get an idea of the costs.

Adaptations and add-ons to PQASSO

If you think that your organisation or network needs something more tailor-made, then This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. about PQASSO add-ons and adaptations.

These  are a fast and effective way to set up your own bespoke quality framework. You will not only benefit from a comprehensive, tried and tested set of quality standards but will also get to work with expert quality consultants to make sure that the standards meet your needs.

PQASSO outside the UK

PQASSO gets a lot of interest from organisations outside the UK. We have granted paid-for licences to both Saudi Arabia and South Korea for them to translate and adapt the PQASSO standards, helping to strengthen their not-for-profit sectors. The PQASSO team has built strong relationships with the licence holders, ensuring they received the training and support they needed.

If your organisation is based outside the UK and you’re interested in the PQASSO standards, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss your options.

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