Terms and Conditions

1. Information about us and how to get in touch

 1.1  Who we are: DGSA Academy is a trading name of Adniti Limited a company registered in England and Wales. Our company registration number is 13021858 and our registered office is at International House, 12 Constance Street, London, E16 2DQ. 

1.2 How to contact us: You can contact us by telephoning 0330 223 6727 or by emailing support@dgsaacademy.co.uk

1.3 How we may contact you: If we have to contact you we will do so by telephone or by writing to you at the email address you provided to us in your booking. We may from time to time contact you using alternative communication channels, which may include social media, web chat or SMS. 

1.4 “Writing” includes emails: When we use the words “writing” or “written” in these terms, this includes emails. 

2. These terms 

2.1 What these terms cover: These are the terms and conditions on which we supply training services to you. 

2.2 Why you should read them: These terms tell you who we are, how we will provide training services to you, how you and we may change or end the contract, what to do if there is a problem and other important information. If you think that there is a mistake in these terms, please contact us to discuss. 

3. Booking a course 

3.1 How we will accept your booking: Our acceptance of your booking will take place when we email you with a booking confirmation, at which point a contract will come into existence between you and us. 

3.2 If we cannot accept your booking: If we are unable to accept your booking, we will inform you of this and will not charge you for the training course. This might be because the training course is fully booked, because of unexpected limits on our resources which we could not reasonably plan for or because we have identified an error in the price or description of the training course.

3.3 Your booking reference number: We will assign a booking reference number to your booking and tell you what it is when we accept your booking. It will help us if you can tell us the booking reference number whenever you contact us about your booking. 

3.4 Your responsibility to book the correct training course: You acknowledge that you are responsible for the selection of the training course. 

4. Your rights to make changes 

If you wish to make a change to the training course you have booked please contact us. We will let you know if the change is possible. If it is possible we will let you know about any changes to the price of the training course, the timing of the training course or anything else which would be necessary as a result of your requested change and ask you to confirm whether you wish to go ahead with the change. 

5. Our rights to make changes 

5.1 Minor changes to the training courses: We may change the training courses: 

  • to reflect changes in relevant laws and regulatory requirements; and 
  • to implement minor technical adjustments and improvements, for example to address a security threat. These changes will not affect the training course. 

5.2 More significant changes to the training courses and these terms: In the event that we need to make significant changes to the training course or these terms, we will notify you and you may then contact us to transfer the booking to another individual at no cost or to transfer your booking to another course (for which a transfer fee may be payable). 

6. Transferring your booking 

6.1 Please contact us on 0330 223 6727 or support@dgsaacademy.co.uk if you wish to transfer your booking to another individual or training course. 

6.2 If you wish to transfer your booking on a specific training course to another individual, this is not subject to any transfer fee. 

6.3 If you wish to transfer your booking from one training course to another training course, this is subject to a fee as set out below: In the case of transfer:

  • First transfer, made more than four weeks prior to the course start date – no charge
    • Subsequent transfer: 25% of amount charged
  • Two to four weeks’ notice given – 25% of the course fee will be charged as a transfer fee.
  • Less than two weeks’ notice given – 50% of the course fee will be charged as a transfer fee.

6.4 Any transfer of booking will not be completed until: 

  • you have received an email confirming your booking onto an alternative training course; or 
  • the individual to whom you are transferring your booking has received an email confirming their booking. 

6.5 Nothing in these terms allows you to resell or offer for resale at a premium, your booking on the training course unless expressly authorised by us. These are grounds for cancellation by us. 

7. Providing the training course

7.1 Suitability for the training course: Please note it is your responsibility to ensure that you or any individuals you book on the training course are free from any condition which would affect your or their capability to undertake the chosen training course, and that you or they have the aptitude to cope with an intensive course of study. 

7.2 We welcome students with disabilities but it remains their employer’s responsibility to ensure that they are appropriately supported in their workplace. DGSA Academy would welcome in advance, for setup purposes, notification of any assistance that a student is likely to need during the running of the course.

7.3 Learners need a basic command of English (defined as Level 2). So whilst we are often able to provide support to people who for example do not have English as a first language, our ability to do so is limited by the time available and the number of people who require assistance, although we may be able to make special arrangements if requested in advance. Please contact us if you need any guidance.

7.4 Training course information: During the booking process we will let you know when and where the training course will be taking place. We will provide joining instructions at least 4 weeks prior to the training course. 

7.5 We are not responsible for delays outside our control: If the training course is delayed by an event outside our control then we will contact you as soon as possible to let you know and we will take steps to minimise the effect of the delay. Provided we do this we will not be liable for delays caused by the event, but if there is a risk of substantial delay we will use reasonable endeavours to book you onto an equivalent training course. 

7.6What will happen if you do not give required information to us: We will need certain information from you so that we can supply the training course to you, for example, learner name. If so, this will have been stated in the description of the training course on our website. Additionally, you must provide the following information: details of any assistance that you or an individual you have booked onto a training course is likely to need during the running of a course. If you do not give us this information within a reasonable time of us asking for it, or if you give us incomplete or incorrect information, we may either end the contract (and clause 11 will apply) or make an additional charge of a reasonable sum to compensate us for any extra work that is required as a result. We will not be responsible for complications on the day of the training course if this is caused by you not giving us the information we need within a reasonable time of us asking for it. 

8. Removal from the training course 

8.1 We reserve the right to refuse to allow you, or any person booked by you, to participate, or continue to participate, in the training course if you: 

  • give cause for concern that your continued participation may cause offence or injury to yourself or other participants; 
  • refuse to put or keep your camera on during a Virtual Classroom session
  • do not arrive in time for the training course or any part of it; 
  • are deemed by us (acting reasonably) to behave inappropriately; 
  • are, in our reasonable opinion, under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol; 
  • are not dressed appropriately throughout the course; 
  • do not maintain appropriate personal hygiene. We recommend that no heavily scented perfumes, colognes or lotions are used
  1. Your removal from the training course will entitle us to end the contract as per clause 11. 
  2. Your removal from the training course under this clause 8 will not entitle you to any refund. 

9. Your rights to end the contract 

9.1 You can always end your contract with us: Your rights when you end the contract will depend on what you have bought, whether there is anything wrong with it, how we are performing, when you decide to end the contract and whether you are a consumer or business customer: 

  • 9.1.1 If the training course is misdescribed you may have a legal right to end the contract: (or participate in an equivalent training course or to get some or all of your money back); 
  • 9.1.2 If you want to end the contract because of something we have done or have told you we are going to do, see clause 9.2;
  • 9.1.3 If you are a consumer and have just changed your mind about the training course, see clause 9.3. You may be able to get a refund if you are within the cooling-off period, but this may be subject to deductions (such as any administration fee); 
  • 9.1.4 In all other cases (if we are not at fault and you are not a consumer exercising your right to change your mind), see clause 9.6. 

9.2 Ending the contract because of something we have done or are going to do: If you are ending a contract for a reason set out at 9.2.1 to 9.2.3 below the contract will end immediately. We shall use reasonable endeavours to offer you an alternative training course. If no alternative training course is available, we will refund you in accordance with clause 10.2. The reasons are: 

  • 9.2.1 we have told you about an upcoming change to the training course or these terms which you do not agree to (see clause 5.2); 
  • 9.2.2 we have told you about an error in the price or description of the training course you have booked and you do not wish to proceed; 
  • 9.2.3 you have a right to end the contract because of something we have done wrong. 

9.3 Exercising your right to change your mind if you are a consumer (Consumer Contracts Regulations 2013): If you are a consumer then for most products and/or services bought online you have a legal right to change your mind within 14 days and receive a refund. These rights, under the Consumer Contracts Regulations 2013, are explained in more detail in these terms. 

9.4 How long do consumers have to change their minds? If you are a consumer you have 14 days after the day we email you to confirm your booking, this is your cooling-off period. However, if the training course takes place during the cooling-off period and you take part in the training course you cannot change your mind, even if the cooling-off period is still running. 

9.5 If you need to end the contract for reasons that prevent your participation: If you are prevented from participating, for example due to injury or ill health, then you can: 

  • 9.5.1 defer your booking to another training course in the same calendar year. If the alternative training course is a higher price than the course you booked onto, you will be required to pay the difference but no transfer fee will be payable; or 
  • 9.5.2 transfer your booking to another individual in accordance with clause 6. 

You must provide a note from a doctor in order to exercise the options in clause 9.5.1 to clause 9.5.2 above. 

9.6 Ending the contract where we are not at fault and there is no right to change your mind: Even if we are not at fault and you are not a consumer who has a right to change their mind (see clause 9.1), you can still end the contract before it is completed, but you may have to pay us compensation as set out in the table below:

  • More than four weeks prior to the course start date – Full refund of booking fee
  • Two to four weeks prior to the course – 50% of the booking fee will be refunded
  • Less than two weeks prior to the course – The booking fee will not be refunded

In all cases, notice of cancellation must be confirmed in writing with DGSA Academy.

Refund of examination fees as per SQA Terms and Conditions.

10. How to end the contract with us

10.1 Tell us you want to end the contract: To end the contract with us, please let us know by doing one of the following: 

Phone or email: call 0330 223 6727 or email support@dgsaacademy.co.uk. Please provide your name, address, details of the booking and, where available, your phone number and email address. 

10.2 How we will refund you: If you are entitled to a refund under these terms we will refund you the price you paid for the training course less any administration fee, by the method you used for payment. If you are a business and make payment pursuant to an invoice, we will credit the refund amount to your account. 

10.3 When your refund will be made: We will make any refunds due to you as soon as possible. If you are a consumer exercising your right to change your mind then your refund will be made within 14 days of your telling us that you have changed your mind. 

11. Our rights to end the contract 

11.1 We may end the contract if you break it: We may end the contract for a training course at any time to you if (for example): 

  • we remove you, or any person booked by you, from the training course due to one of the reasons listed in clause 8.3; 
  • you do not make any payment to us when it is due;
  • you do not, within a reasonable time of us asking for it, provide us with information that is necessary for us to provide the training course; or 
  • a participant arrives late for a course or is absent from any session, we reserve the right to refuse to accept the participant for training, if we decide in our sole discretion that the participant will gain insufficient knowledge or skill in the time remaining.

12. If there is a problem 

How to tell us about problems: If you have any questions or complaints about the training course, please contact us. You can call us on 0330 223 6727 or email us: support@dgsaacademy.co.uk

13. Price and payment 

13.1 Where to find the price for the training course: The price of the training course (which is shown excluding and including VAT) will be the price indicated on the booking pages when you made your booking. We take reasonable care to ensure that the price of the training course advised to you is correct. However please see clause 13.2 for what happens if we discover an error in the price of the training course you book. 

13.2 What happens if we got the price wrong: It is always possible that, despite our best efforts, some of the training courses we provide may be incorrectly priced. Where the training course’s correct price at your booking date is less than our stated price at your booking date, we will refund the difference. If the training course’s correct price at your booking date is higher than the price stated to you, we will contact you for your instructions. If we accept and process your training course booking where a pricing error is obvious and unmistakable and could reasonably have been recognised by you as a mispricing, we may end the contract and refund you any sums you have paid. 

13.3 When you must pay and how you must pay: We accept payment with American Express, Mastercard, VISA credit cards, VISA debit cards and Invoice/Bank Transfer. You must pay the full price of the training course when booking through our website. 

13.4 Our right of set-off if you are a business customer: If you are a business customer you must pay all amounts due to us under these terms in full without any set-off, counterclaim, deduction or withholding (other than any deduction or withholding of tax as required by law). If you require an invoice in order to make payment, you must provide us with a valid purchase order number and the invoice will be payable within 30 days from the date of the invoice.

13.5 Outstanding invoice/BACs payments must be paid within 2 weeks of a course start date.

14. Our responsibility for loss or damage suffered by you if you are a business 

14.1 Nothing in these terms shall limit or exclude our liability for: 

14.1.1 death or personal injury caused by our negligence, or the negligence of our employees, agents or subcontractors (as applicable); 

14.1.2 fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation; 

14.1.3 breach of the terms implied by section 2 of the Supply of Goods and Services Act 1982; or 

14.1.4 any matter in respect of which it would be unlawful for us to exclude or restrict liability. 

14.2 Except to the extent expressly stated in clause 13 all terms implied by sections 3 to 5 of the Supply of Goods and Services Act 1982 are excluded. 

14.3 Subject to clause 15.1: 

14.3.1 we shall not be liable to you, whether in contract, tort (including negligence), breach of statutory duty, or otherwise, for any loss of profit, or any direct, indirect or consequential loss arising under or in connection with any contract between us; and 

14.3.2 our total aggregate liability to you for all other losses arising under or in connection with any contract between us, whether in contract, tort (including negligence), breach of statutory duty, or otherwise, shall be limited to 100%) of the total sums paid by you for training courses under such contract. 

15. How we use personal data 

15.2 How we process personal data if you are a business customer 

15.2.1 You are the Data Controller and Adniti Ltd is the Data Processor in relation to the personal data which you provide to us. We use this to take your booking and send your delegates their joining instructions, and to provide them with the training and issue their certificates. 

15.2.2 We will only use the personal data for this purpose or in accordance with your instructions as Data Controller, unless otherwise required by law. In which case we will notify you, unless prohibited from doing so by law. We will notify you if any of your instructions infringe the data protection legislation. 

15.2.3 Some courses may require delegates to provide proof of ID. 

15.2.4 If you provide us with information about making the course accessible to your delegates we will only use it for that purpose. 

15.2.5 The trainer will use continuous observation and other methods appropriate to the course content to assess if your delegates meet any relevant standard required. 

15.2.6 If the course is externally accredited we will provide their name, contact details and course outcome to the awarding body. The awarding body becomes the data controller for that information. 

15.2.7 We will send emails to your staff about our refresher training, and again when certificates are due to expire. Please let us know if you do not want to receive this reminder by phoning our customer service team at 0330 223 6727 or writing to us at support@dgsaacademy.co.uk. 

15.2.8 We will provide all reasonable assistance to you in the preparation of any data protection impact assessment prior to processing the personal data that you provide to us. 

15.2.9 We will implement appropriate technical and organisational measures to keep your data secure. 

15.2.10 We will take all reasonable steps to ensure the reliability and integrity of our staff who have access to the personal data and ensure that they are informed of the confidential nature of the Personal Data and have undergone adequate training in the use, care, protection and handling of personal data. We will ensure they do not publish, disclose or divulge any of the personal data to any third party unless directed in writing to do so by you or as otherwise permitted by these terms and conditions. 

15.2.11 We will not transfer the personal data outside of the EEA other than in accordance with your written instructions. 

15.2.12 We will notify you without undue delay and within 24 hours of becoming aware of a personal data breach and will assist you in meeting your obligations under the data protection legislation 

15.2.13 We will notify you without undue delay and within 24 hours of receiving a Subject Access Request or request to erase any personal data, or any other request, complaint or communication relating to obligations under the data protection legislation or communication from the Information Commissioner or any other regulatory authority. 

15.2.14 We will not authorise any other third parties to process the personal data other than with your prior written consent, and we will ensure that a written contract is in place with any such sub-processors. 

15.2.15 We will keep a record of the processing of personal data that we carry out on your behalf. 

15.2.16 We will facilitate audits of our data processing activity by you or your designated auditor. 

15.2.17 Where you are the data controller, we will delete or return all personal data to you on your instructions unless otherwise required by law. Unless you instruct us otherwise, we keep training records for 6 years. 

15.2.18 At the end of the course we will ask delegates if we can continue to keep in touch with them by email about the other work that we do. We become the Data Controller for that personal data. 

16. Intellectual Property Rights and Confidential Information 

16.1 Materials distributed during a training course: We may distribute materials during a training course that you can take away with you. All intellectual property rights in any such materials shall be owned by us. 

16.2 Retention of our intellectual property: Participation in the training course does not confer any intellectual property rights (by implication or otherwise) on you to use, alter, copy or otherwise deal with any of the symbols, trademarks, logos and/or intellectual property of DGSA Academy or in the materials referred to in clause 18.1. 

16.3 Confidential information: In the event that we disclose any confidential information to you, you agree that you shall not at any time disclose to any person any such confidential information except as may be required by law, court order, or any governmental or regulatory authority.

17. Other important terms 

17.1 We may transfer this agreement to someone else: We may transfer our rights and obligations under these terms to another organisation. We will contact you to let you know if we plan to do this. 

17.2 You need our consent to transfer your rights to someone else: You may only transfer your rights or your obligations under these terms to another person if we agree to this in writing. 

17.3 Nobody else has any rights under this contract (except someone you pass your guarantee on to): Save where an employer books a training course for employee(s), this contract is between you and us. No other person shall have any rights to enforce any of its terms. 

17.4 If a court finds part of this contract illegal, the rest will continue in force: Each of the paragraphs of these terms operates separately. If any court or relevant authority decides that any of them are unlawful, the remaining paragraphs will remain in full force and effect. 

17.5 Even if we delay in enforcing this contract, we can still enforce it later: If we do not insist immediately that you do anything you are required to do under these terms, or if we delay in taking steps against you in respect of your breaking this contract, that will not mean that you do not have to do those things and it will not prevent us taking steps against you at a later date. 

17.6 Freedom of Information: Where you are a Public Authority as defined in the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the “FOIA”) you agree to notify us immediately if you receive any FOIA request for information regarding us or our business, and you agree to consult with us regarding the application of any exemptions under the FOIA in relation to such request. We agree to cooperate with you in relation to the FOIA. 

17.7 If you are a business customer this is our entire agreement with you: If you are a business customer these terms constitute the entire agreement between us in relation to our purchase. You acknowledge that you have not relied on any statement, promise, representation, assurance or warranty made or given by or on behalf of us which is not set out in these terms and that you shall have no claim for innocent or negligent misrepresentation or negligent misstatement based on any statement in this agreement. 

17.8 Which laws apply to this contract and where you may bring legal proceedings if you are a consumer: These terms are governed by English law and you can bring legal proceedings in respect of the training course in the English courts. If you live in Scotland you can bring legal proceedings in respect of the training course in either the Scottish or the English courts. If you live in Northern Ireland you can bring legal proceedings in respect of the training course in either the Northern Irish or the English courts. 

17.9 Which laws apply to this contract and where you may bring legal proceedings if you are a business: If you are a business, any dispute or claim arising out of or in connection with a contract between us or its subject matter or formation (including non-contractual disputes or claims) shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the law of England and Wales and the courts 

of England and Wales shall have exclusive jurisdiction to settle any such dispute or claim.