MATA’s Response to News of IQ Going into Administration


As IQ (Industry Qualifications) Awarding Organisation officially went into administration (click here) and surrendered Ofqual recognition (click here), selling their assets to SFJ Awards. Many aesthetic training providers approved by IQ have found themselves in great deal of uncertainty. As SFJ took over IQ, they decided to withdraw  their Level 7 Certificate in Injectables (click here). This leaves the affected learners to complete their L7 qualification by 2022. Furthermore, according to the IQ website, no new delegates will be recruited to the qualification. 

 Ofqual have allowed students currently completing this certificate until 2022 to achieve, however, the qualification may no longer be in existence after this date, leaving many medical professionals with a great deal of uncertainty. 

MATA Unaffected by Changes 

We would like to reassure all of our previous, current, and future learners that this change does not affect MATA’s Level 7 Postgraduate Diploma in Facial Aesthetics (incorporating the OTHM Level 7 Certificate/Diploma in Clinical Aesthetic Injectable Therapies) as we work with a different awarding organisation. Our Postgraduate Diploma is awarded by the OTHM awarding organisation which has no association with IQ or SFJ and therefore MATA’s injectable qualification continues to be a valid Diploma, and Ofqual regulated. OTHM are in a safe position with no changes forecast for the future, leaving MATA’s Level 7 Diploma  soundly secure.

How MATA are Helping those Affected

As many aesthetic training providers are affected by this change, there will be numerous learners left disappointed to find  the qualification they are studying will have an uncertain future. MATA have therefore decided to aid those who will be in the midst of their studies by providing an RPL route (recognition of prior learning) so that they can continue their journey in facial aesthetics without having to redo any training already completed, and transfer their qualification to MATA’s level 7 Certificate  worth 35 credits or progress to the MATA’s Level 7 Diploma, worth 60 credits 

Are you Affected by this Change? 

If you are affected by this change, either by already having completed a Level 7 Certificate in Injectables regulated by IQ, or are currently studying with one of the affected training providers, then get in touch with a representative at MATA today and find out how we can help you to transfer your qualification 

Training Providers Affected 

If you are one of the training providers affected by this change, we are offering a potential opportunity for a partnership, and the possibility of transferring your current IQ Level 7 Certificate to MATA’s newer Level 7 injectable Certificate. Please get in touch with us if you would like more information about collaborating with MATA. 

Call us on 020 3976 6979 

Email us at contact@matacourses.com