International Certificate of Christian Education


ICCE has been effective in many countries to provide access to university, apprenticeships and employment. It is important, however, to note that acceptance is always at the discretion of individual universities and governments. Please check with the ICCE Office whether ICCE is accepted in your country before embarking on this course.

To see what some of our graduates have gone on to do, take a look at our Graduate Stories


Accreditation International (Ai)

ICCE is independently accredited by Accreditation International (Ai).

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Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools

As of 14 April 2023, ICCE is an accredited member of Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. MSA is the worldwide leader in accreditation and school improvement. Since 1887, Middle States has been helping school leaders establish and reach their goals, develop strategic plans, promote staff development, and advance student achievement

ICCE is independently accredited by the National Council for Private School Accreditation (NCPSA).

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ICCE students also have the option of obtaining dual-certification as ICCE has partnered with Lighthouse Christian Academy in the USA. Lighthouse Christian Academy is accredited by three accrediting agencies, namely Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS), the National Council for Private School Accreditation (NCPSA), and Accreditation International (Ai).

UK NARIC Benchmarking

A 2012 benchmarking study by UK NARIC reported that the ICCE Advanced Certificate was comparable to Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) Advanced Level (A Level) standard and that the General (Academic) Certificate was comparable to CIE Ordinary Level (O Level) standard. (*See note on benchmarking further down on this page.)

​​UK Department for Education

The Department for Education in the UK has stated that they:

‘…will include the ICCE General Certificates (with a score of 80% or above) and ICCE Advanced certificates (any score), in the list of qualifications that are deemed equivalent to GCSE grade A *-C in maths and English for the purposes of prior attainment. This means that pupils who arrive at a 16-19 provider or college holding these qualifications will not be required to study English and maths further in order to meet the condition of funding.’

Refer to the 'Notes on Individual Qualification Types' on the government funding website.

Access to UK Apprenticeships

Apprenticeship Certificates England (ACE) accepts the ICCE qualifications as transferable skills for starts from 21st Sept 2018 and anyone currently still on the programme.

For more information on how to apply for an apprenticeship and what evidence is acceptable, visit the ACE website.


ICCE is currently working towards having the ICCE certificates either re-benchmarked or accredited.


We have a highly capable team working on this project. We are committed to pursuing recognition of the ICCE, and that requires either benchmarking or accreditation. We are in formal communication with NARIC and other international accreditation bodies as we seek to evidence the highest standard for academic credibility in education and the workplace.

We look forward to updating you on future progress in this important work.