The British Institute for Learning & Development announces an expanded recognition of TAP™ qualifications for professional membership

The British Institute for Learning & Development (The BILD) announces an expanded, long-term agreement with The Training Foundation, operator of the Training Accreditation Programme (TAP™). TAP™ is The BILD's recommended Qualifications and Continuing Professional Development Programme for L&D professionals.

Under an extended multi-year Agreement, The BILD is the external verification and awarding body for all TAP Certificates and Diplomas. Holding a TAP professional Certificate now qualifies applicants for Associate Membership of the Institute and holding one of the role-based TAP Diplomas qualifies applicants for full Membership.

The parties will continue to pursue the key objective of raising the status of L&D practitioners to that of genuine professionals, by meeting the highest standards of practice enabled by TAP methodologies.

David Apparicio is Chair of the Institute. He commented: "The BILD has been pleased to have been integrally involved with the TAP programme over the last year and many new members have joined the Institute as a result of their TAP qualifications. In now strengthening our relationship, we are confident that our partnership will lead to L&D becoming seen as a real profession, as it rightfully should be.'

Nick Mitchell is founder and CEO of The Training Foundation. He commented: "I'm confident that this even closer alignment of TAP with The BILD is a positive move for the profession. It sends a very clear signal to everyone involved in L&D that a TAP qualification and membership of The BILD will identify them as an L&D Professional (post-nominal letters: ABILD TAP.cert or MBILD TAP.dip.). I'm personally delighted that, in The BILD, we have an international Institute that is dedicated to exclusively serving the professional needs and aspirations of the L&D community.'