ELCAS Funded Courses

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ELCAS Funding

The MOD’s ELCAS scheme, is intended for members of the Armed Forces. It offers financial assistance for nationally recognised qualifications at level 3 or above.

As an ELCAS-Approved Learning Provider, TSW can support registered scheme members who have sufficient accrued service. 

As a service leaver you can use the funding to subsidise any of our approved ELCAS courses. 

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ELCAS Course Approval

As an ELC scheme learning provider, we must submit our courses for approval. Please see our current list of ELCAS-approved courses to determine which courses suit your needs. 

We offer courses in the following areas:

Our ELCAS Courses

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IEMA Certificate in Environmental Management

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IEMA Foundation Certificate in Environmental Management

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ILM Level 3 in Leadership and Management

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ILM Level 5 in Leadership and Management


ISO 9001 Internal Auditor Course (18026) - CQI and IRCA Certified


NEBOSH Certificate in Fire Safety


NEBOSH Health and Safety Management for Construction (UK)


NEBOSH Environmental Management Certificate


NEBOSH National General Certificate

The ELCAS Process

To secure ELCAS funding and enrol on our ELCAS courses, you will need to take the following steps:

Your first step to making a claim is to sign up as an ELCAS Scheme Member and earn the required years’ service. If you have done this then you can proceed with your claim.

Choose a suitable course from our ELCAS-funded courses list (all qualifications are level 3 or higher).

Our learning advisors are on hand to discuss your options and the courses that best suit your goals.

Complete and submit an ELC claim form, which an authorised Education Staff will check if you are in service or your Single Service Representative if you are out of service.

Once your ELCAS claim is approved, you will receive a Claim Authorisation Note (CAN).

To enrol in your chosen course, contact TSW Training (ELCAS Approved Training Provider). You will need to provide us with a copy of your CAN and make your personal deposit contribution (20% of the course price).

You can take the course on your chosen date or via e-learning. When you finish the programme, you must complete a Course Evaluation Form on the ELCAS website.

Our Funded ELCAS Courses

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IEMA Certificate in Environmental Management
This 15-day course provides existing environmental and sustainability managers with a deep knowledge of environmental and sustainability issues and how they can drive organisational change.
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IEMA Foundation Certificate in Environmental Management
The IEMA Foundation Certificate in Environmental Management is a 5-day entry-level environment and sustainability qualification. It's perfect for those new or early into environment or sustainability projects or roles.
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ILM Level 3 in Leadership and Management
Develop your new, aspiring and practising line-managers and supervisors into high-performing managers.
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ILM Level 5 in Leadership and Management
Develop middle management skills and experience.
ISO 9001 Internal Auditor Course (18026) - CQI and IRCA Certified
Get certification as a CQI & IRCA Internal Auditor for the ISO9001:2015 quality standard
NEBOSH Certificate in Fire Safety
Protect your employees, property and business from fire hazards and risk.
NEBOSH Health and Safety Management for Construction (UK)
Designed for construction workers with health and safety responsibilities, helping make workplaces safer and furthering careers.
NEBOSH Environmental Management Certificate
Manage, assess and reduce your company's impact on the environment.
NEBOSH National General Certificate
Take your NEBOSH National General Certificate training course with TSW, a NEBOSH Gold approved provider.

Your Guide to ELCAS Funding

What is ELCAS?

The Enhanced Learning Credits Administration Scheme (ELCAS) is a funding scheme run by the Ministry of Defence. It is for service leavers and those transitioning from the armed forces to new careers.

ELCAS promotes lifelong learning among service members, providing financial support toward higher education and leading to nationally recognised qualifications.

This scheme is not just about funding; it’s about empowering individuals and giving them the confidence to step into new roles and industries backed by the knowledge and skills obtained through ELCAS courses and transferred from their experience in the armed forces.

How much does ELCAS cover?

ELCAS’s funding provision contributes 80% of your course fees toward a nationally recognised qualification at Level 3 or above.

Are You Eligible for ELCAS Funding?

A question regularly asked about enhanced learning credits is, “Am I eligible for ELCAS funding?” The answer is that specific eligibility criteria need to be met to access the benefits of ELCAS.

Service Timeframe and Commitment

Accessing ELCAS funding hinges on fulfilling the service commitment. This commitment, which is applicable across all branches of the armed forces, requires service personnel to complete the required years of service before receiving support for educational purposes.

Serving personnel must complete at least six years of service, counting only service time post-April 1, 2000.

ELCAS Funding Tiers

The support is structured into two tiers based on the number of years of service you have accrued;

  • The lower tier offers claims of up to £1,000 per claim and requires not less than six years of service
  • The higher tier offers claims of up to £2,000 per claim and requires

Accumulated service is only be eligible for the ELC Scheme if it has been accrued since 1st April 2000.

As a service leaver, you are entitled to make three ELC claims in total. You can only make one claim per financial year (1 April- 31 March),

Understanding the Separate Financial Years Rule

The separate financial year’s rule is another significant element of the ELCAS scheme’s eligibility.

The financial year for ELCAS claims runs from April 1 to March 31. Under this rule, each eligible member can receive financial support for up to three separate financial years, with only one claim allowed per financial year.

This rule ensures that support is spread, allowing members to strategically plan their learning.

Step-by-Step Guide to Accessing ELCAS Support

The ELC process for accessing funding support is facilitated by the Education Staff and Single Service Representatives.

From registering online to choosing a MOD-approved ELCAS course and submitting the claim, they are there to ensure a smooth and successful claim process.

After the claim approval, denoted by the receipt of a Claim Authorisation Note, applicants can enrol with the training provider and access the learning resources and support.

Contacting Education Staff and Single Service Representative

The first step with making an ELC claim is to ensure you are sending your claim to the right place.

Education Staff and Single Service Representatives have distinct roles that contribute to effectively managing and implementing the Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC) scheme.

They each work with people in different positions:

ELCAS Education Staff – Supporting Personnel Still in Service and/or in Resettlement Phase

The ELCAS Education Staff supports personnel who are still in Service and/or in their resettlement phase. For more guidance, visit ELCAS’s Service Leaver Claiming ELC page.

Single Service Representatives – Supporting Claimants No Longer in Service

Single Service Representatives are in place to support claimants who are no longer in service. Before registering for any course with TSW, ex-service personnel must obtain authorisation from their single service representative.

For more information on claiming ELC funding as someone no longer in service, see ELCAS’s Claiming ELC Funding page.

Navigating the ELCAS Website and Documentation

Accessing the necessary claim forms and registering as a student requires successful navigation of the ELCAS website by service members. The process involves:

  • Accessing the ELCAS website
  • Navigating the website to find the necessary forms
  • Completing the forms accurately and thoroughly
  • Meeting the prerequisites for enrollment, as outlined in the Joint Service Publication guidelines.

Choose A Nationally Recognised Qualification

Selecting the right course is crucial for maximising the benefits of ELCAS subsidies.

It’s important to choose a qualification that is nationally recognised and aligns with your career goals. Here are some tips to help you make the best choice:

  1. Identify Your Career Goals: Consider your long-term career aspirations. Are you looking to advance in your current field, or are you interested in transitioning to a new industry? Understanding your goals will help you select a course that provides the necessary skills and qualifications.
  2. Research Approved Providers: ELCAS only funds courses provided by MOD-approved providers. Make sure to research these providers and the courses they offer. Look for reviews and testimonials from previous students to gauge the quality of education and support.
  3. Evaluate Course Content: Examine the curriculum and learning outcomes of the courses you are interested in. Ensure that the content is relevant to your career objectives and provides practical skills that can be applied in the workplace.
  4. Consider Flexibility: Many service members need to balance their studies with other commitments. To accommodate your needs, look for courses offering flexible learning options, such as virtual or e-learning.
  5. Seek Advice: Don’t hesitate to seek guidance from learning advisors or mentors. They can provide valuable insights into which courses are best suited for your career path and how to navigate the ELCAS application process.

By carefully selecting a nationally recognised qualification, you can ensure that your investment in education pays off, leading to enhanced career prospects and personal growth.

Example Courses

Here are some examples of nationally recognised qualifications that you might consider:

  • Leadership and Management Courses (ILM): Ideal for those looking to enhance their leadership capabilities and climb the managerial ladder.
  • Health and Safety Courses (NEBOSH, IOSH, Highfield): Perfect for individuals interested in ensuring workplace safety and compliance.
  • Environmental Management Courses (IEMA, NEBOSH): Suitable for those passionate about sustainability and environmental protection.
  • Quality Management Courses (IRCA): Great for professionals aiming to improve organisational quality assurance processes.

Choosing the right course is a significant step towards achieving your career goals and making the most of the ELCAS scheme.

Finalising Enrollment with an Approved ELCAS Learning Provider

Aside from passing your chosen course, the final hurdle is finalising enrolment with an approved learning provider like TSW Training.

Once you receive your Claim Authorisation Note (CAN), you will be ready to enrol. It’s as simple as contacting your chosen provider, providing them with your CAN, and telling them which course you’d like to book onto. 

Take the Course and Complete and Evaluation

After completing a course, remember to complete a Course Evaluation, which is crucial for processing any subsequent ELCAS claims.

Frequently Asked Questions

In this section you will find all of the questions we are frequently asked about ELCAS.

Still can’t find the information you are looking for? Send us an enquiry and we’ll get back to you.

An eligible individual can make three ELC claims in total, with only one claim allowed per financial year.

No, the ELC scheme allows only the use of providers approved by the MOD and listed on the approved provider list.

The financial year for ELCAS claims runs from April 1 to March 31.

ELCAS provides funding ranging from approximately £1,000 to £2,000 per claim depending on the length of service.

They cover up to 80% of tuition fees, with the claimant eligible for 20% of the course fees, which are to be paid on enrolment.

TSW Training provides personalised support in course selection and enrolment. You can contact us for tailored guidance in utilising your military education benefits.

You can also contact ELCAS Education Staff (if still in service) and Single Service Representatives (if no longer in service).

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