Qualification achievement rates and minimum standards

Key information and guidance about qualification achievement rates (QAR) and minimum standards.

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For all queries about qualification achievement rates (QARs) and minimum standards please contact the service desk at

Provisional data queries

If you have a query about how we have calculated your QARs, please complete the data query form to ensure we have the necessary information to answer your query, and email the form to the service desk.

We will review data queries during the provisional window, which is the week commencing 8 January to 2 February 2018. Final QARs will be available in March.


Key articles we have published throughout the QAR and minimum standards annual cycle.

Inform: September 2017 - includes details on the final R14 ILR submission and information on how to minimise the common QAR data issues identified in 2015 to 2016.

Inform: November 2017 - includes information on the dates of the QAR 2016 to 2017 provisional data window, and guidance on how to ensure providers can access their data once available.

Qualification achievement rates: business rules, technical specifications and data extract guidance

The business rules outline the policy for calculating QARs for apprenticeships and for education and training.The technical specifications explain how QAR’s are calculated, what data is included and what data is excluded. The data extract guidance documents explains how a providers QAR data extracts can be used to show achievement rates to match those in the achievement rates dashboard. It also provides information about how the data is generated.

Minimum standards

Explains how we will apply minimum standards to all age apprenticeships and to adult (19+) education and training provision funded through the adult education budget and/or through advanced learner loans.

National achievement rates tables

The national achievement rate tables (NARTs) provide detailed information about QARs, allowing the sector to analyse and benchmark performance.

  1. National achievement rates tables 2015 to 2016

    • Official Statistics

Guidance for providers

Guidance for requesting access to the Identity and Access Management System (IDAMS) and how to request the necessary user permissions to access your QAR data.

Guidance for using the Business Intelligence (BI) Qualification Achievement Rate dashboard for 2016 to 2017.

  1. How to register for an IDAMS account

    • Guidance
Published 27 November 2017
Last updated 9 January 2018 + show all updates
  1. Updated qualification achievement rates 2016 to 2017 documents.
  2. First published.