Find out about the application process when you apply for accreditation
You need to:
Please note that it will take at least 3 months to get accreditation.
Fill out the application form for the level of accreditation you're applying for.
Carefully fill out the application and provide as much information as you can. There are explanations to help with your response to each standard. You will also see which documents to include with your application. The last page of each application form also includes a handy checklist.
The application forms are editable PDF documents. You can type into the form fields, select checkboxes and save the edited document.
If you print and fill out an application form by hand, it must be hand-signed. Handwritten forms should be scanned and emailed. Ensure you include any additional information if there isn’t space to fill everything in.
Email your completed application form and supporting documents to: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also email us if you have any questions about the application or assessment process.
We cannot accept cloud links (e.g. Dropbox, Onedrive, Googledrive etc). The best way to send us documents is to attach your files to an email in a Zip file. Please note that there is a 19Mb file size limit. An application can be sent in multiple emails. Note: we cannot open multi-zip or split-zip files.
We will check that:
Our team will email you within 10 working days with a response. We will let you know if we need more information from you.
If we receive a complete application, we will confirm this with you. If you do not meet the criteria for accreditation, we will let you know.
We will assign your organisation with an accreditation assessor.
The assessor will be in touch to let you know they have been assigned to your organisation. They can answer any questions you have about your assessment and the accreditation process.
An accreditation assessor will review the information and documents you've provided. They will check to see if you meet the compliance for the accreditation level you've applied for.
If they identify any required actions, they will email you to let you know what needs to be corrected.
You have 20 working days to correct these actions. If you don't correct them, your application will be declined.
If the assessor is happy with the information you have sent through, they will move to the next step.
If you’ve applied for Level 1, 2 or 3 accreditation, an accreditation assessor will come and visit your organisation.
If you’ve applied for Level 4 accreditation, you won’t have a site visit. You can go to step 7.
There will often be 2 assessors for a site visit.
Site visits allow an assessor to view the organisation in operation. At the site visit an assessor will talk to staff and observe how the programme runs. They will look at facilities, equipment and other important documents they can’t look at offsite (e.g. staff files).
The assessor will give you feedback at the time of the site visit.
If you have to make improvements, the assessor will talk to you about this. They will also send you a letter about what actions are required and when you need to complete these by.
The assessor will send you an assessment report and accreditation letter. You will get this within 30 working days of your site visit.
The accreditation letter will confirm the accreditation status for your organisation.