Undergoing accreditation with ICHOS is a voluntary decision. If you are determined to get your creative course accredited, it is a good idea to have an overview of how our process works. That way, you know exactly what to expect and properly prepare for it.
As promised, we work in partnership with organisations pursuing accreditation for their courses. We have made an effort to minimise the numbers of steps you need to take to secure accreditation status for your course as quickly as possible.
Prior to submitting an application, make sure your creative online course is eligible for accreditation. You can access the eligibility requirements here. You may also look up for the required documents here, so you can prepare them beforehand and familiarise yourself with our standards.
Completely fill out the application form and send it to us. Once we have reviewed your application, we will contact you shortly to provide a set of guidelines for conducting self-review.
At this stage, you will need to carefully review the course to be accredited. This involves checking the general workings of the course to see if they meet the criteria we have set, and also assessing the course’s strengths and weaknesses. The self-review must be documented, containing the following information: (a) course background; (b) goals, objectives and expected outcomes; (c) target students and their level of ability; (d) course syllabus, materials and resources; (d) student outcomes and how they are assessed; and (e) instructors’ qualifications.
NOTICE: The above mentioned information is a summary of the details to be included in the self-review report. Complete information on how they will be documented and submitted will be relayed to you during your request for accreditation.
After receiving the self-review documents, our accreditation team will proceed with the evaluation process. All areas of your creative online course will be measured against our criteria, so we can exactly determine its quality and effectiveness. If there are areas that need improvement, we will notify you and provide guidance on how they can be addressed. In such case, we will consider the status of your application as “interim” until improvements have been implemented, enabling the course to meet the criteria.
End results of the evaluation process will be reported and the accreditation team wil make the decision based on the results. Once your course satisfied the criteria, it will be awarded an accreditation status that is valid for a year. A certificate will be issued to prove that your course has been accredited.
Accreditation can be a daunting process. Not only does it consume a lot of time, final decisions are not always favourable to all candidates. However, there are things you can do today that will allow you to successfully navigate the murky waters of accreditation. Below are some of them.