Philip Brain Associates Ltd have been providing education and vocational assessment to the UK mineral extraction and processing industries for over 20 years and are widely regarded as industry experts in the field of vocational assessment. In 2018, in view of the changing landscape of vocational education and the introduction of Apprenticeship Standards the decision was taken to seek OFQUAL & ESFA recognition to become an Awarding Organisation and be listed on the Register of Approved End Point Assessment Organisations. Our Awarding Organisation is called EMPI Awards.



Chair of Governors - Philip Brain CEnv, IEng, FIMMM, FMES, FIQ.


Philip has worked within the sector for 49 years and is widely regarded as an industry expert on training, qualification development & delivery and occupational competence. He has worked for many companies in the UK and overseas operating up to PLC Board level and has been a Director of Philip Brain Associates Limited since inception. He has also carried out the role of assessor, IQA & EQA for a number of centres including multi-national companies and FE colleges.


Responsible Officer - Gavin Brain BA (Hons), FIQ, ASET.


A qualified and practising assessor, IQA and EQA working within the sector for 20 years. He has an in depth working knowledge of qualification delivery within the sector and awarding organisation systems & procedures in relation to regulated qualifications.

Our team of expert assessors have been handpicked, trained and mentored in all aspects of assessment and have many years experience, both operationally within the extractive & mineral processing industries, but also in assessment of occupational competence within this sector.

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