The next CERTA Skills for Community Arts Work Award is now scheduled to start at the Artlink Centre every Tuesday evening for up to 10 weeks between 6pm and 9pm from 28th March 2017.

Initial course attendance will be required for up to 10 Tuesday evenings. Extra time will be required after this initial phase one delivery period at or away from the centre to plan and deliver a project or workshop for those intending to progress further by working towards the CERTA Certificated Award.

To be eligible for FREE access to this run of the course, you will need to be 19 + years or older, unemployed, economically inactive or working less than 8 hours or working less than *16 hours (*in receipt of benefits), reside within the former Humberside Region and have lived within the European Community for 3 years.

For more information and a Booking Form, please contact Neil Rustill Training Coordinator and Course Tutor at: Telephone: 01482 345104.

Alternatively call into the Artlink Centre for Community Arts and complete a form available from the front desk.

The course will be delivered initially over the learning period at the Artlink Centre for Community Arts, 87 Princes Avenue, Hull HU5 3QP when the following subjects will be investigated, but extra time during each week will be made available at the centre for learners to work towards planning a community arts workshop with a group of their choice. A small project resource budget will be made available for those working towards the level three option.

1. Introduction to Community and Participatory Arts

2. Managing Arts Workshops

3. Facilitating Arts Workshops

4. Arts Project Resources

5. Arts Event Administration

Attendance on the above will qualify you to progress further through CERTA Certificated learning by planning and delivering your own arts workshop for level three or assist another to run a workshop for level two.

This opportunity has proven to be very popular in the past, and can only be provided when adequate funding becomes available, so if you are interested please contact Artlink as soon as possible to secure your place and avoid disapointment.

You do not need experience of being an art worker to enrol, but you should have an interest in art and have some artistic ability in any medium (at any level) and a desire to do community art work.

Tutorial support will be offered at each stage through to achievement and certification of either level 2 or 3.

CERTA 'Skills for Commuity Arts Work' Level 2 

Learners could include those who are new to community arts facilitation or have been absent from the learning environment for some time. This is also suitable for individuals who are less confident at this stage or unable to spend the time planning, preparing and running a project because of other commitments.

CERTA 'Skills for Community Arts Work' Level 3

This level is more suitable for those who are already practising arts workshop facilitators, those looking to progress further from previous learning or more confident students and the next stage for level 2 achievers. Completion and certification can lead to registration on the organisations database, and potential for paid employment on a freelance basis (Although this is not guaranteed). Many achievers progress on to other courses including teacher training, and employment within the arts, community, public, private sectors and beyond.

Past achievers are now working in schools, youth-groups, hospitals, colleges, universities, offender learning and the health and social care sector with others building up their own reputation as reliable and professional arts workshop facilitators, and finding success through freelance opportunities.

Traditionally this option attracts a small budget for you to spend on materials and resources for a project.

Stage 1

Note: The award requires a minimum of 60 hours of learning equating to 9 credits. During each session you will be introduced to all of the elements needed to plan and facilitate a community arts project, placing you in a strong postition to progress further through stages 2 and 3 to achievement.

Stage 2

Level 2 requires the learner to volunteer on a community arts project and assist an art worker.

Level 3 requires the learner to plan and run their own community arts project with a group and organisation of their own choice. (Artlink can signpost learners' to partnership organisations who can accommodate your project).

Stage 3

Both level 2 and 3 learners will be required to produce a portfolio of evidence to support their project experience.


The course tutor will carry out formative assessment as the course progresses, and observation of the Stage 2 project experience. Summative assessment of the final portfolio will take place in preparation for an internal and external verification process which will determine achievement and certification.


Courses have been delivered at the Artlink Centre for Community Arts, 87 Princes Avenue, Hull, HU5 3QP, or where demand has been recognised within the former Humberside area. Past courses have been run in Hull, Bridlington, Grimsby, York and Barton.



The Cartwheels Project on behalf of Artlink endeavour to provide FREE access to training opportunities in line with our equal opportunities policy, and do not discriminate against any individual on any grounds including those who are unable to pay for further education and training due to financial difficulties or an inability to pay. Attendance is however governed by various funding criteria being adhered to, the eligibility of which must be met by applicants. The project is supported from a number of sources, which means that eligibility status does change. Interested parties should therefore check with the training coordinator before applying to enrol. 

For more information and future course details, please contact Neil Rustill Training Coordinator and Course Tutor at: or telephone: 01482 345104

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