Here you'll find information on FIPS access and technical specification.

FIPS Access

FIPS is a cloud-based Microsoft product which will always have the latest features available providing best value for SDS and its customers. It also requires an annual access fee for each user.

The cost of the FIPS user access will be £20 (excl. VAT) per user per month for the period 1st April 2022 to 31 March 2023.

We will be collating the number of FIPS users to allow us to invoice for the period of April 2022 to March 2023. This will be based on the numbers we currently hold for each Training Provider. Any changes required should follow the agreed User Request procedure and be advised by Friday 12th August.

If there is a change of staff, Training Providers will be able to effectively exchange a User Access for a different user without additional charge in accordance with the terms and conditions for user access (as the total number of overall User Access will not be increasing) by notifying SDS of the changes using the FIPS User Request Form – In Year Additions and Amendments form.

FIPS User Access

Accessing FIPS for the first time? Use these guidance materials to complete the MFA (Multi-factor Authentication) and password setup on your account:

New Users

The user request forms below should be used to request FIPS access. Guidance is included in the form - requests should be emailed to

Password & MFA Resets

If you have a FIPS account and require a password reset or MFA reset, submit a Help Form to request this. Resetting the MFA on an account will enable the user to update their contact details attached to their FIPS access.

Technical specification

To maximise the benefits of FIPS, users must have the minimum technical specification.