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Advice Quality Standard

The AQS is the quality mark for organisations that provide advice to the public on social welfare issues. Organisations that hold the standard have demonstrated that they are easily accessible, effectively managed, and employ staff with the skills and knowledge to meet the needs of their clients.

Resources for AQS Holders

How to renew the standard, get your copy, or download the AQS logo.


About the AQS — The only sector-owned, independently audited quality standard awarded to services delivering social welfare legal advice.

Apply for AQS — The assessment process, prices, what’s involved and how long accreditation lasts.

Find advice agencies — Use our map to find approved organisations.

Information for funders — Has an agency applying for funding been awarded the AQS, and what does it mean when an agency has this standard?

Hurry! AQS Discount for March 2017 New Applications!
To mark the launch of the new AQS, we are making an unprecedented offer to organisations thinking of applying for the AQS for the first time: apply in March 2017 and we will offer you up to £200.00 (net) off the cost of your application. Want to know more? Contact Recognising Excellence to find out […]

AQSv2 launches at the Houses of Parliament

Advice Quality Standard Review 2015

AQS recieves full accreditation from the Money Advice Service

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