FOA, Centre for Training and Consultancy of the Italian Chambers of Commerce established in 1971, is a not-for-profit Institute, delivering services of public interest. Since 1999 IFOA is appointed as a national VET centre, with 10 sites all over Italy and a total of about 180 employees.
IFOA delivers both traditional and Open Distance Learning post-diploma and post-graduate training for young unemployed, as well as lifelong training for professionals, practitioners and individuals, and consulting services and technical assistance for citizens, enterprises and public administrations. Training courses and services are certified according to UNI EN ISO 9001:2008. In 2010, IFOA stands out with over 1.600 training courses delivered, over 9.000 trainees, over 5.000 internships in more than 2.000 companies.