Accreditation of supplementary education organizations and programs

Process of an accreditation of organizations and programs of supplementary education by the IASHE has certain substantive features and comprehensive character (unlike similar procedures related to organizations and institutions of higher or special education and scientific organizations).

The basis of accreditation procedures for additional education institutions is the international programs of quality of education improvement and ensuring the international mobility of holders of educational qualifications "Quality education without boundaries" and "Way to the top".

Features of the process of accreditation of organizations and programs of supplementary education are based on the following facts: a) such entities and processes are usually not accredited by competent state authorities and therefore, require a higher level of educational services quality and results control for their objective evaluation; b) students of such programs often do not pass the professional assessment and attestation, supported by the state or public control; c) educational documents formed within the system of supplementary education, often do not pass the official procedure of state or professional legalization (recognition).

At the same time structures and programs of supplementary education are considered to be the most significant elements of the educational system, which provide all the interested parties with an opportunity to widen their world outlook, increase professional qualification and enhance functional skills. Moreover it is the supplementary education that provides an opportunity to increase the level of professionalism and the baggage of knowledge of persons concerned throughout their whole lives.  

The proposed procedure of accreditation of organizations and supplementary education programs not only allows to increase their prominence and the degree of recognition, but also to confirm the qualitative level of an educational process and knowledge obtained by persons concerned.

Comprehensive character of the accreditation of organizations and supplementary education programs involves an obligatory system of realization of this procedure, consisting of several elements:

1

Accreditation of supplementary education organization;

2

Certification of, initiated by an accredited organization;

3

Attestation of supplementary education programs teachers within the international project “Quality education without boundaries”;

4

Attestation of knowledge, acquired by a person – graduate of the supplementary education program within the international project "Way to the top": a) considering the level and quality of acquired knowledge (Attestation certificate if the IASHE with enclosures); b) considering the correspondence of knowledge and skills to requirements of an international labor market (Certificate of the International Union of Commerce and Industry (IUCI; London, UK).

Accreditation of supplementary education organizations is carried out by the relevant expert committee of the IASHE through the examination of the following information: a) Copies of registration documents; b) Aim and goals of an organization; c) Directions and types of educational activities; d) General characteristics of implemented educational programs; e) General characteristics of the teaching staff, as well as their scientific, educational and professional  achievements; f) Analysis of history of an organization; g) Total number of students (graduates) for the certain period; h) A list of partners and partnership programs; i) Authoritative recommendations, reviews and characteristics.

Certification of additional education programs, implemented by an accredited organization, is carried out by the relevant expert committee of the IASHE through the examination of the following information: a) key elements of an  educational program and its authors; b) scientific, educational and professional characteristics of the teacher; c) characteristics of teaching methods; d) characteristics of quality assessment methods of acquisition of knowledge by students; e) possibility to include requirements of the IASHE concerning  the control, evaluation and transparency of knowledge quality into the educational process; e) thematic original essay by a teacher (or several teachers) – reviewing of the training course, its features, significance and importance to the community, as well as the prospects and ways to improve the program contents and teaching methods.

The subject of certification of an educational program is the assessment of its system, logic, literacy, methodological means as well as the informational and professional significance, sufficiency of scientific validity of educational material and skills of the teacher.

Attestation of teachers of supplementary education programs is carried out as an independent procedure in case if such persons are not the authors of the certified educational programs, led by them. In case of such a condition the attestation of teachers is carried out in the process of certification of the relevant educational program.

Procedure of attestation of supplementary education program teachers is carried out by the relevant expert commission through the examination of the following data: a) CV with underlining of the experience in teaching and scientific activities; b) characteristics of a teacher, presented by an educational organization; c) copies of documents concerning education, educational and scientific qualifications of a teacher; d) information about scientific achievements of a teacher and about his innovations; e) bibliography of a teacher; f) authoritative recommendations, reviews, characteristics; g) original essay of a teacher concerning the modern condition of his subject, problems, trends and prospects of its development. If everything else being equal and the teacher has no special education relevant to the subject taught, an expert commission may execute a selective local testing for this teacher.

Any educational organization accredited by the IASHE, may certify its educational courses and include its students (graduates) to the list of persons, whose knowledge and skills acquired during the study may be subject to personal attestation. Such personal attestation has the following features:

1

"Students (graduates) are provided with attestation certificates only on the basis of assessment of their knowledge (carried out by the lecturer of an educational organization) and after these graduates compose brief attestation (qualification) reports concerning the finished courses in English or Russian. There reports are to be published in international magazines of the GISAP project (quality of such studies is defined by experts of the project).

2

"Assessment is displayed in standard documental forms, presented by the IASHE.

3

Certificates and enclosed documents are designed and given out to appropriate persons by the IASHE through the partner educational organization.

All documents (copies) with relevant explanations and an appropriate request are sent by the person concerned to the IASHE Scientific Council in English or Russian. 

Accreditation in the field of supplementary education is carried out by the expert commission (formed according to the decision of the IASHE Scientific Council) in the remote mode. It is NOT free of charge.

The IASHE Scientific Council independently defines accreditation levels, standards and rankings applied in every specific case  on the basis of information, presented by the relevant expert commission. 

Certain points and cost of certain elements of the accreditation procedure in the field of supplementary education are shown in the following tables.

Certain objects of assessment and forms of their legalization within the procedure of accreditation in the field of supplementary education

Name of the legalization procedure

Accreditation levels

 

Accreditation procedure

Accreditation standard

Ranking

Payer

Cost of the procedure (including VAT) - GBP

Additional conditions

1. Organization of supplementary education

Accreditation

1 «Gamma - ?» level

 

 

 

Remote research

«National»

 

1 to 5 «Golden stars»

Supplementary education organization

 

800,0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Submission of the necessary documents and data

2 «Beta - ?» level

«Continental»

3 «Alpha - ?» level

«World»

 

Certain objects of assessment and forms of their legalization within the procedure of accreditation in the field of supplementary education

Name of the legalization procedure

Accreditation levels

 

Accreditation procedure

Accreditation standard

Ranking

Payer

Cost of the procedure (including VAT) - GBP

Additional conditions

2. Supplementary education program

Certification

1 «Gamma - ?» level

 

 

 

Remote research

«National»

 

1 to 5 «Golden stars»»

Supplementary education organization

 

400,0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Submission of the necessary documents and data

2 «Beta - ?» level

«Continental»

3 «Alpha - ?» level

«World»

 

Certain objects of assessment and forms of their legalization within the procedure of accreditation in the field of supplementary education

Name of the legalization procedure

Accreditation levels

 

Accreditation procedure

Accreditation standard

Ranking

Payer

Cost of the procedure (including VAT) - GBP

Additional conditions

3. Professional qualification of a teacher 

Attestation

1 «Gamma - ?» level

 

 

 

Remote research

«National»

 

1 to 5 «Golden stars»

Supplementary education organization

 

300,0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Submission of the necessary documents and data

2 «Beta - ?» level

«Continental»

3 «Alpha - ?» level

«World»

 

Certain objects of assessment and forms of their legalization within the procedure of accreditation in the field of supplementary education

Name of the legalization procedure

Accreditation levels

 

Accreditation procedure

Accreditation standard

Ranking

Payer

Cost of the procedure (including VAT) - GBP

Additional conditions

4. Level and quality of knowledge of a student

Attestation

1 «Gamma - ?» level

 

 

 

Remote research

«National»

 

1 to 5 «Golden stars»

Supplementary education organization

 

150,0 + стоимость публикации в печатном издании

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1) Submission of the necessary documents and data;

2) Publication of attestation (qualification) report in the printed matter of the GISAP project.

2 «Beta - ?» level

«Continental»

3 «Alpha - ?» level

«World»