Creating a CoS: guide for business sponsors (SMS guide 8a)

Use this guide to create a certificate of sponsorship. It gives details on what information is necessary in each field.


Creating a CoS: guide for business sponsors

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A step by step guide to creating a CoS. To be viewed in conjunction with SMS guide 8.

Published 7 April 2014
Last updated 6 April 2017 + show all updates
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