Newsletter 06

Parnassus Goes Live At ABBE

The Awarding Body for the Built Environment (ABBE) has recently gone live with Gordon Associates Parnassus system. Based in Birmingham, ABBE provides qualifications for the built environment including disciplines such as construction, surveying, plan and project management, home inspection, energy assessment and valuation. Parnassus enhances ABBE’s ability to maintain their qualification structures, manage their database of approved centres, register candidates, capture results and produce certificates. The new system has been customised to ABBE's way of working and will allow ABBE to improve data accuracy and improve efficiency. After a short period of bedding-in for the new system, the next phase of the project will cover online candidate registration, administration of EV's and event management.

Gordon Associates Announces VTCT Win

Gordon Associates is pleased to announce that VTCT has selected Gordon Associates to deliver IBiS, their new Integrated Business System, over the next 12 months. VTCT is a specialist awarding body offering a range of vocational qualifications in Beauty therapy, Nail services, Hairdressing, Holistic therapy, Sports therapy, Health and fitness. VTCT qualifications are delivered at over 500 colleges of further education, private training providers and schools throughout the United Kingdom. International delivery of VTCT qualifications is expanding and includes countries such as Turkey, Romania, India, Malta and Kenya and this will continue to develop through the partnership forged with HABIA, the Standards Setting Body for the hairdressing, beauty and related therapies sectors, to develop a joint international delivery venture. IBiS will be based on Gordon Associates’ Parnassus framework and will provide support for VTCT’s core internal processes such as registration through to certification, as well as Microsoft CRM, online facilities for business partners & customers, finance and e-commerce.

Gordon Associates Takes Over VBUG User Group

VBUG, the leading user group in the UK dedicated to professional developers using Microsoft technologies since 1994, is to be managed by Gordon Associates from 1st May 2009. VBUG is a membership organisation with hundreds of members specialising in application development using .NET, SQL Server and many other Microsoft tools. See for further information. Comments Rod Gordon, Director of Gordon Associates, "We are committed to supporting the development community and are very excited about becoming involved with VBUG. We will continue to run the central VBUG administration operation in the same way as it has been run in recent years - members are unlikely to be aware of any changes."


Download our 1-page overview “QCF On A Plate” from - all you need to know about QCF – on one page! Gordon Associates has recently begun another project to help an awarding body integrate their internal business system with the central web-sites MIAP & DAS. We are working closely with Ofqual, QCA & LSC on these projects and have developed a series of 1-page overviews of MIAP, DAS & QCF – the most recent of which, “QCF On A Plate”, is now available on our web-site. These overviews are aimed at busy individuals who need a summary of these programs but want to avoid reading a mountain of documents!

Gordon Associates Announces Partnership With Advanced Secure

Gordon Associates has recently announced a partnership with Advanced Secure Technologies Ltd, who specialise in the provision of secure certificates and certificate printing solutions. Their system, Digital Certificates, will be offered as an extension to our own awarding body management system, Parnassus. Digital Certificates provides chip & PIN security so that only authorised staff can print certificates as well as encrypted certificate numbers, detailed audit trail, encrypted graphics images such as signatures, multi-layer dynamic certificate templates - and much more.

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