Quality Assurance

Performers College, David Bartholomew

CDMT's mission is to promote excellence in dance, drama and musical theatre education, training and assessment. We achieve this through being the quality assurance body of the sector. Many of CDMT's member institutions are amongst the most prestigious in the UK. Current members include professional training schools, awarding organisations, industry bodies and individuals with a range of expertise in dance, musical theatre, education, assessment and training. 

The overarching description of each classification, related categories and accompanying inspection or evaluation processes are as follows.




Inspection process

Institutional Members

  • have undertaken full institutional inspection and programme scrutiny by CDMT
  • are quality assured and confirmed by CDMT as meeting the highest industry and institutional standards for the delivery of provision in dance, drama and musical theatre education, assessment and training.

This classification includes CDMT's presently Accredited and Validated Members, including:

  • Professional schools and colleges
  • Awarding organisations.

Institutional status typically involves submission of self-evaluation documentation by the applicant and a two day visit of the organisation by three industry consultants. Full Institutional Membership confirms organisational quality and industry support.


  • have undertaken programme scrutiny and inspection of relevant accompanying management by CDMT
  • are committed to working with CDMT to develop the highest standards of programme provision in performing arts education and training.

This classification includes the following  programmes:

Affiliate status typically involves submission of self-evaluation documentation by the applicant organisation and a one-day inspection of the relevant programme by one or two industry consultants, depending on category. If successful, the Affiliate will subsequently undergo an annual monitoring visit.

Recognised Awards' holders

  • have undertaken desk-based checks by CDMT
  • promote the appropriate requirements for teachers and support students' progression in dance, drama and musical theatre education

This is based on the  Recognised Awards Scheme covering:

Holders of a Recognised Award undertake a 'self-certification' process with desk-based checks of submitted papers carried out by a member of CDMT office staff.

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