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Shaping the future of professional learning - ICS Learn Group acquires Acacia Learning

The future of work requires individuals who are ready to develop themselves and companies keen to nurture talent, no matter where they are based or how they prefer to learn.

ICS Learn Group, the UK’s leading online learning organisation of professional qualifications, has acquired fellow provider Acacia Learning. Having recently purchased DPG, this new addition will allow the Group’s portfolio of brands to offer the full range of learning platforms including online, blended and face to face courses.

All three companies will be run by the ICS Learn board with a focus on delivering high quality experience to the expanding HR market through the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). With Acacia already strongly established in the Middle East, the Group now looks to improving its delivery to students in other expanding global markets.

Rachel Cook, Managing Director for Acacia Learning said, “We are thrilled to be joining ICS Learn at a time when learning and education has never been more important. With our strong heritage in delivering face to face and blended courses, we look forward to this fantastic new opportunity.”

Colin Kennedy, ICS Learn CEO said, ”It really is an exciting time to have Acacia join our Group with the opportunity to work together in developing quality learning experiences for our current and new students within the UK and the growing global market.”


ICS Learn are an award-winning online learning organisation that provides globally recognised professional qualifications for individuals and businesses. Founded in 1889, they’ve been pioneers in distance learning for more than 130 years. They currently have more than 23,000 students across 100+ countries.

Acacia was established in 2007 and are a learning company founded on a passion to deliver the highest quality and most flexible training programmes possible – ones that make a real difference to learners and employers alike. Since they started, we have helped thousands of people to take their knowledge, skills and careers to the next level.


Roger Kerr, Head of Marketing, ICS Learn
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