How to apply
The following documents explain all the stages in the process, from preparing your application, through to the visit stage and finally to the outcome. We allocate assessment time to applications in advance, so please give us at least one month's notice of your anticipated submission date.
The criteria lists all the requirements a course has to meet to become accredited.
You must submit your application on the form and the supporting templates below. Please make sure you read the terms and conditions before submitting an application.
Use the checklist to make sure you have fully completed your application before you send it to us.
We need one electronic copy of the application form and all supporting evidence. You can upload this directly into a secure One Drive folder – please email firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain a link.
The following resources will help you to complete your application. They provide both general guidance and specific information on each criteria.
Assessment process and outcomes
We'll confirm by email that we've received your application. Our office team will check that you meet the eligibility criteria and have completed the application correctly. We'll contact you if we have any queries. We cannot offer pre-assessment of your application.
Once your application passes this stage, we'll send it to our professional assessors who will complete an assessment report.
The checking and assessment process can take between two and six months to complete. We'll inform you of the outcome and send you a copy of the assessment report by email.
Your application may be:
- Successful or Accredited
If you successfully demonstrate that your course meets all the criteria, you'll be awarded accredited status for five years, unless indicated otherwise. We will specify your accreditation start and expiry (or renewal) date. You must abide by all the scheme terms and conditions to become and remain accredited.
- Accreditation with recommendations
We may award accredited status but make recommendations for you to consider. Your accreditation does not depend upon complying with these recommendations but you should respond to them as stated in your assessment report.
- Deferred accreditation with set conditions
We may ask you to meet certain conditions before you are awarded or retain your accredited status. The conditions and deadlines will be specified in your assessment report. You must make a resubmission which meets these requirements by the deadline, or we'll consider your application expired and refuse or withdraw your accreditation.
If you don't meet the conditions by the deadline, or if your resubmission still does not meet all the criteria, your application will be considered unsuccessful. You can reapply, with a new application when you feel you can meet all the criteria.
If your application is unsuccessful, you can appeal if there is clear evidence that either:
- the assessment was not conducted according to the published procedure
- your application was not fairly and properly assessed against the published criteria for the scheme
Disagreeing with the assessors’ professional judgement is not grounds for an appeal.
You must make your appeal to us officially in writing (an emailed copy of a letter is acceptable) within three months of the issue date of the final report. Your appeal will be considered by an independent appeals panel. Their decision will be final.