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.

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.

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.

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. The certification at tier 3 will only be valid for 2 years and will require demonstration of continuous practice to be maintained.

Already available:

You can already find the IQTS related investigation resources (guide and toolkit) on the following page:

The IQTS first tier, the self-directed online foundation module, is available free of charge on the Disaster Ready platform – with the tittle “Foundations of Investigations”


Module overview and timing of availability

Module Methodology Launch dates Cost 
1. Foundation Self-directed online module Available Free
2. Practitioner Blended learning programme (self-directed and virtual classroom sessions) October 2022 (registration open in August 2022) 200-600 CHF*
3. Advanced Practitioner 5-day residential course January 2023 Tbc*
4. Qualification Maintenance Continual learning and engagement with Investigation Community of Practice From mid-2023 Tbc*

*The price scheme will accomodate CHS Alliance membership status, including size of organisation and country level of income.

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

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