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Frequently Asked Questions

Are our training courses accredited?

As a training provider we are accredited by British Accreditation Council (BAC). This accreditation is recognised worldwide by agents and government officials as a clear indication of educational quality. We are inspected annually to ensure our high levels of training and facilitation are maintained.

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Who are your facilitators?

Our course facilitators are expert development practitioners. Their skills and experience come from doing training and consultancy work around the world with different organisations. With expertise grounded in practical experience, we guarantee our training is relevant and up-to-date.

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What is the IMA training style?

IMA's training style is participatory and interactive using a blend of short informative lectures and group work.  Throughout the courses we give participants opportunities to share experiences, exchange ideas and network with other development practitioners. 

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Who are the other participants?

Your fellow participants will come from a wide range of international development organisations around the world. This diversity means you can share your own experience and learn from others'. Our class sizes are between 8 to 22 people.

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What experience do I need to join one of your course?

Nearly all our training participants work in international development. This includes working for a government, a private company, a non-government organisation, multilateral organisation, a smaller local project or programme, or as a freelance consultant.

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Where are the courses held?

Our open courses are held in different locations around the world: UK (London and Brighton), South Africa (Cape Town), Thailand (Bangkok) and Belgium (Brussels).  Our venues are centrally located hotels and conference centres. We send you a Welcome Pack four weeks before your course is due to start which has useful information on the city where the course is being held as well as extra course information.

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Where should I stay?

We recommend you stay close to the training venue, ideally at the venue where possible. We send you a broad range of accommodation options in your Welcome Pack four weeks before your course is due to start.

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What level of English do I need for your courses?

All our open courses are delivered in English. You need good spoken English to work effectively with your facilitators and other participants. As much of our course content is technical and we use a participatory approach, you need to be an effective communicator in English. This means an IELTS score of six or above, a paper TOEFL score of 550, or a computer TOEFL score of 210.

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What is the social programme?

Our courses of five days or more include free social events. These are optional but provide a good chance to find out about the wider development community and build links with your fellow participants and IMA people. We try to schedule at least one event a week. We sometimes also arrange a weekend trip for the 10-day courses. Our social events include sightseeing and  cultural excursions, dinners and activities such as bowling.  Watch our video about what's included on our training courses here.

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How do I enrol on an IMA course?

Application Process:

  1. Complete your application form
  2. IMA reviews your application
  3. Your Sponsor confirms budget
  4. IMA receives your payment
  5. Course is confirmed and you receive your Welcome Pack.
  6. Book your flights and accommodation
  7. Course starts


If you have any questions regarding your application or sponsorship, please call IMA International on 01273 833030.

  • 1. Once you have chosen your course, fill in our online application, please e-mail us if you have any problems.
  • 2. We will assess your application within 3 days.
  • 3. If you have a sponsor we will contact them.
  • 4. Once we receive the Confirmation of Sponsorship, we send the invoice, acceptance letter and visa support letter.
  • 5. The invoice is paid.
  • 6. We will confirm your course at least four weeks before the start date. Then send a Welcome Pack,for you to go ahead and book flights and accommodation. If we have to cancel the course and you have already paid, we will refund the amount in full.

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Who is the sponsor?

Your sponsor is the person who authorises payment of the course fees. This is usually your manager or training manager. You need to put their contact details on our application form so we know your organisation has authorised your course fees and supports your application. Once we have reviewed your application, your sponsor will need to send us official confirmation of sponsorship (see step four above).

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How do I get a visa?

When your sponsor has agreed to pay for your training, our acceptance letter will help you to obtain a visa from the relevant embassy in your country.

Please check visa requirements and your eligibility to enter the country the course is in before applying for a course and allow adequate time to obtain your visa. In some countries this can take several weeks so please find out the time involved to obtain your visa as soon as you can. Some participants find it useful to speak to colleagues who have been previously successful in getting a visa.

Our courses are held in hotels and conference centres. Our office is in Sussex, UK. If you are applying for a UK course, please see our UK visa guidelines.

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How does my sponsor pay?

Fees are usually paid by electronic bank transfer. Your invoice will have our full bank details on it. 

We prefer payment in Pounds Sterling (GBP). However we can accept payment by bank transfer in US Dollars (USD) or Euros. If your sponsor would like to pay in US Dollars or Euro’s please let us know when your sponsor confirms they will pay for you to do the course.

You can also pay by Visa, MasterCard or JCB credit cards. Please contact us and we will send you further details of how to do this.

All course fees must be paid in full at least four weeks before the course is due to start.  All bank charges are the sponsor’s responsibility.

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I don't have a sponsor. What should I do?

Most of our participants are sponsored by their organisation. If you do not have a sponsor, you will need to find what funding streams are available to you. Although we look for ways to help participants with the course fees, we regret we are currently not able to offer any form of sponsorship or funding.

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What is included in the course fees?

Included in the course fee is: tuition (presentations, group activities and one-to-one support throughout), a field visit where practical on courses more than five days, a hard copy of training materials (and on USB), course certificate and participant group photo, light refreshments throughout, a social and cultural programme which includes an evening dinner and a 1 to 1 coaching session with a certified coach on our fifteen day courses. Also see our Fees and Discounts page.

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Are there any discounts available?

Yes. We offer a 20% discount if you have been on one of our scheduled courses before, and a discount for organisations who make a group booking. We also offer a 5% early payment discount if you pay 6 weeks before the start date of the course. 

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Do you offer other courses not shown here?

In addition to our open courses we run throughout the year, we run in-house training worldwide that support organisations such as the design of M&E and organisational learning systems, strategic planning and training of trainers. Find out more about tailor-made training or contact us to discuss your options.

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