Brief History

City & Guilds was founded in 1878 by the City of London and 16 guilds, while it was granted Royal Charter of Incorporation in the year 1900. Since 1951, HRH the Duke of Edinburgh has been City & Guilds President and remains so to this day.

Commitment to innovation and high-quality training have always been part of City & Guilds’ history. Employing 1000 people and issuing 2,000,000 qualifications annually, City & Guilds is the world’s leading certification organisation.

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