Blended Learning Essentials and CMALT

About the course

If you are working in further education, skills training, vocational education, workplace learning, lifelong learning or adult education, this free online course is designed to help you understand the benefits of blended learning and how to make more effective use of technology to support your learners. By the end of the course, you’ll be able to:

  • use a range of effective blended learning practices and pedagogies, to improve your learners’ experience and attainment;

  • understand how the many free and affordable technologies now available can enhance teaching and learning; and

  • approach new technologies with confidence, designing a pedagogical approach to make the best use of these tools.

For more info visit the course homepage and download our BLECourse_postcard. You can also download a full guide for paths to accreditation

Route to CMALT accreditation

The course offers participants a number of paths to gain credit of which accreditation via CMALT is one. Established in 2004, CMALT is one of the longest established accreditations specifically for practitioners who seek recognition for the skills and experience they have.  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 4 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 criteria during recruitment for teaching and technology roles.

To further support course participants who are interested in this type of accreditation we offer a preferential rate for registration, giving course participants who register before 31 January 2017 a 20% discount on the registration fee, £119 instead of the usual £150. In order to quality for the reduced rate you will have to be a registered participant on the Blended Learning Essentials course. You can register at .

Pilot group

In 2015/16 we were running a small pilot group for course participants who wanted to gain CMALT quickly and were able to share their completed portfolios as examples for future candidates and to help provide working examples of how the mapping of the CMALT framework to the Blended Learning Essentials course is translated into practice. This small group was being asked to:

  1. participate in all parts of the Blended Learning Essentials course;

  2. complete their CMALT portfolios and submit them for assessment within 3 months of the course end date;

  3. give permission for ALT to make their portfolios available as examples for future candidates.

The pilot group is now full. 

Guidelines for CMALT candidates

Detailed Guidelines for CMALT candidates and other supporting information is available at

You can now also 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