Blended Learning Essentials and CMALT

About the courses

If you are working in further education, skills training, vocational education, workplace learning, lifelong learning or adult education, these free online courses are designed to help you understand the benefits of blended learning and how to make more effective use of technology to support your learners. We offer a range of pathways to gain further accreditation. You can now download a full guide for paths to accreditation. Take part in:

Route to CMALT accreditation

Established in 2004, CMALT is one of the longest established accreditations specifically for practitioners seeking recognition for their skills and experience in Learning Technology. In order to provide a route to CMALT accreditation for course participants, we have mapped the curriculum of the course to the CMALT framework.


CMALT covers four core areas (including implementation of technology, communication and teaching/training) and also allows participants to choose a specialist option that fits with their particular role, thus providing real flexibility. While CMALT accreditation may not be the most appropriate path to credits for complete novices and those new to using technology in the classroom, employers are increasingly including it as a criterion during recruitment for teaching and technology roles.

You can register as a CMALT candidate.

Tutor-marked assignments for Blended Learning Essentials Digital Champions

The BLE course is supported by a network of digital champions who work to promote the course and provide peer support to participants through the course platform.

Digital Champions can choose to complete a CPD assignment for submission to Individuals who complete the assignment will gain valuable feedback, evidence of reflective CPD, and a digital badge.

Download the assignment instructions. Please contact for any enquiries.

Guidance and resources for CMALT candidates

You can view detailed Guidelines for CMALT candidates and other supporting information.

Download a full mapping of the course to CMALT.

There is an online group space for BLE CMALT candidates. To join please send a request to

CMALT holders share their portfolios openly through the CMALT Open Register. You can search the register by sector and specialism, and it includes examples of portfolios shared by Blended Learning Essentials course participants.