There are a range of for-profit and non-profit organisations for accreditation that provide guidance for the evaluation and/or accreditation of learning programmes. These differ greatly in their qualification requirements and you should review them with care, based on your goals.
ALISON provides a stringent internal review system for its interactive learning platform and completion programme.
What is Accreditation?
Educational accreditation is a type of quality assurance process, performed by an external body, to determine if the service and operations of an educational institute or programme meet applicable standards. In most countries, this process is carried out by a government organisation and by private accrediting agencies in the USA
Through accreditation, an education provider can maintain and improve its standards and practices. Accrediting bodies develop criteria or standards by which an organisation can be measured. It is the responsibility of the accrediting body to audit the programme or educational institute on the basis of quality, accountability, and improvement.
Why is Accreditation important?
Accreditation is important to various groups because it represents an organisation's commitment to quality and control. Being an accredited programme/organisation helps to demonstrate that the quality and control criteria set by accreditation agencies are being met.
Business and industry leaders are interested in the quality of programmes and consider accreditation status an important factor. Accreditation shows that the programme/institute has achieved certain standard regarding procedure and policy control and compliance with established standards.
Students should find out about the accreditation of a programme or institute and also check that the accrediting is reputable before commencing any students with a particular organisation.
On what basis is Accreditation offered?
Accrediting agencies or boards establish certain standards that must be met by an institution in order to achieve an accredited status. Their core function is to promote high-quality education by identifying standards that outline best educational practices. These boards or agencies evaluate the institute/organisation for the following areas:
- The institution’s mission or vision
- Educational practices
- Financial stability
- Policies and student services.
Institutions fulfilling the requirements for these areas may be granted accreditation.
Accreditation generally means that a provider or programme has been evaluated by an independent group, and meets the standards of that accrediting agency. As seen, there are many options for accreditation. The process is VOLUNTARY; it is not required to operate. Smaller programmes often cannot fund the cost of such an ongoing review process.
In an effort to keep programme costs down accesible format of ALISON, ALISON has not sought to be, nor has been approved by any accrediting body and does not represent itself as an “accredited” programme of any of these organisations.
ALISON has built a reputation around the world for providing high-quality learning services. ALISON courses are devised in accordance with best practices worldwide. Standards applied mirror those instituted by the Microsoft Corporation (IT Literacy), the British Council (English Learning), the Australian High School standards (our school curriculum courses) and the Health and Safety Authority. ALISON maintains and builds upon the highest standards of courseware pedagogy and relevance. Many ALISON courses match the exact curriculum requirements of leading certifications. For other courses, the curriculum chosen by ALISON is deemed by experts as the most appropriate for the level of course offered. ALISON Certificates of Completion provide evidence that the learner has acquired the relevant knowledge/skill-set.
ALISON offers an additional feature, not available from traditional course providers. The ALISON Test feature enables the testing of the knowledge level of ALISON graduates online, anywhere, at any time. The facility is used by employers, organisations and institutions around the world. No other method of learning offers such a dynamic validation of competence and knowledge.
Recognition by UNESCO (ICT Excellence in Education awards) and the Ashoka Foundation is further endorsement of a world-class service from ALISON.
ALISON courses are availed of in every country by every type of organisation including universities, schools, and private and public organisations of every size.
ALISON incorporates an internal review or “self-auditing” approach to ensure consistent standards that include, but are not limited to-:
- Creating impetus for organisational improvement and assisting in the general raising of standards for granting awards,
- Offering an equal opportunity for anyone to receive evaluation and an education programme.
When choosing a course to study, it is important to consider your own educational goals and learning needs, as well as accreditation status. Lack of accreditation does not mean that an educational provider is inferior or illegitimate. Accreditation is not essential for many training courses where learners acquire a skill that is of enormous benefit in a personal capacity.