Investigator Qualification Training Scheme

Course format
Face-to-face or Remote
Course length

The CHS Alliance and Humentum are jointly designing a four-tiered Investigation Qualification Training Scheme (IQTS) based on a newly developed Sexual Exploitation Abuse and Harassment (SEAH) investigation guide.

The development and implementation of this scheme is funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office as part of UK governments strategy to improve global standards and performance on safeguarding in the humanitarian and development sector.

The four-tiers will support progressively advanced levels of professional training and the maintenance of practitioner level qualifications through continual learning and support from an investigation’s community of practice.

The scheme will support the development of a consistent approach, professional standards, and career progression for investigators. Credible, independent and impartial investigations in to SEAH allegations are critical to tackling the problem of SEAH and providing support and justice to victims and survivors. The IQTS will provide the humanitarian and development sector with a standard qualification for investigating allegations of SEAH.

Course aim: the new Investigator Qualification Training Scheme (IQTS) is a four-tiered training scheme that builds professional skills in Sexual Exploitation Abuse and Harassment (SEAH) investigations and establishes a professional standard and career progression for investigators.

Audience: the scheme is aimed at humanitarian staff whose role it is to investigate allegations of SEAH by aid workers against crisis-affected people and/or humanitarian staff. Applicants with previous training and experience in SEAH Investigations will be able to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and enter the course at practitioner level (Tier two or three). Full details are in the FAQ document at the bottom of this page.

Qualification: certification of completion and assessment for each level will be provided, with a more substantial qualification awarded at the successful completion of the three initial tiers should the participant choose to take and pass the final exam.

Module overview

Module Methodology Launch dates Cost 
1. Foundation Self-directed online module January 2022 Free
2. Practitioner Blended learning programme (self-directed and virtual classroom sessions) Mid-2022 (dates tbc) Cost tbc*
3. Advanced Practitioner 5-day residential course Fall 2022 (dates  tbc) Cost tbc*
4. Qualification Maintenance Continual learning and engagement with Investigation Community of Practice 2023 Tbc

*Discounts will be given to CHS Alliance member organisations

From July 2022 the Investigator Qualification Training Scheme will replace the CHS Alliance SEA investigation workshop.

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