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Customer Satisfaction Survey 2018

As we begin a new year we would like to take some time to reflect on 2017. Each year the Federation carries out an annual, online survey of its key customers, to collect their views on a number of issues. Such as the operational performance of ACE itself and specifically on their experiences of the […]

ACE Customer Satisfaction Survey 2015

It’s that time of year again!   We would very much appreciate if you could take the time to complete our online survey and give us your feedback on your experiences over the last year of the customer service and support that you have had from the Federation, Certification Bodies and the ACE certification process […]

Removal of the ACE Declaration Form

NEWS FLASH !!!   The Apprentice Declaration & Authorisation Form for ACE is to be phased out!   Over the last few months, we have been looking at options for removing the need for the ACE Declaration Form to be completed and uploaded to ACE as part of every Apprenticeship Certification claim. We have been […]

Continued downtime for 07/01/2015

Good Morning, First of all let me apologise for the continued downtime of the ACE system ( Our new hosting provider had assured us that the site would be back up and running by 10 a.m. this morning (7th January) however they have hit further delays. It is unclear at this moment in time when […]

ACE System Offline 06/01/2015 and 09/01/2015 – 12/01/2015

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Federation have been forced to find new hosting suppliers for our Websites and Online Certification Systems (ACE, ACW and MA Online v2). Unfortunately a delay with our new supplier has meant that the domain has been placed offline temporarily. We are working to get the system back up and […]

Season’s Greetings from FISSS

  Thank you for working with us over the past year, and we hope you all have a lovely festive break. We are all looking forward to another great year in 2015! Click below to see our Christmas message! Merry Christmas from the Federation  

FISSS are moving!

The Federation team are moving on 8 September 2014. From Monday our telephone number will be 0300 303 4444. And our registered address will be 3rd Floor, 101 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3ES. Thank you in advance for updating your records. If you need any further information please email us at  


During the summer of 2014 the Federation held the New Apprenticeship Standards conference. It was the only conference just for Employers. It was attended by over 400 Employers who heard about the vision for the reform programme and also heard about what it was like for Employers who had been through TrailBlazer 1. The Federation […]

Apprenticeship Development – Transitional Arrangements

Thank you for providing details about your current programme of Apprenticeship framework development. The plans for each sector have been considered alongside government’s stated aim that from 2017/18 all new Apprenticeship starts in England will be based on new standards.  The directions below are now issued on behalf of the Secretary of State under s13(3) […]