The Application Process
The Accredit UK certification is an evidence-based evaluation; it is awarded to businesses that can demonstrate, through past performance, that they have met the criteria established within the General Expectations and relevant Segment-Specific Expectations documents.
An Applicant business is certified for three years. The ICT industry is continually evolving and certified businesses are required to reflect these changes.
Annual re-visits will confirm that a business is following its action plan to address areas of concern and is adapting to changes in the marketplace. Any areas of the action plan that have not been addressed will need to be discussed and justified with the Assessor.
I found the certification process was very easy to understand and very professionally undertaken by Accredit UK with minimum paperwork involved.
The Path To Certification
Below is a path to certification which shows you through the process.
1. Interested in Applying for Accredit UK?
2. Choose Segment(s) To Apply For
3. The Application
Complete an Application Form online or from the Marketing Pack and send Accredit UK 50% of the Application Fee. Choose a certification route.
4. The Planning and Preparing
The self-assessment Workbooks and Handbooks help the Applicant to prepare for Assessment and find out if they are ready.
5. The Booking
Contact Accredit UK and arrange an assessment visit. The other 50% of the Application Fee is then due. At this point, Accredit UK assigns the Assessor who will be conducting the Assessment and provides the Applicant with the Assessor’s contact details.
6. The Assessment
The Assessor visits and spends around one day with the Applicant. They ask searching questions covering a number of areas – they want evidence that the Applicant does what they say they do.
7. The Award
The Assessor forwards the recommendation to the Awards Panel who make the Award.
8. The Appeal
Do you want to appeal?
If your appeal is successful, certification will be awarded. If unsuccessful, you must reapply.
9. The Action Plan
An Action Plan will be produced, regardless of outcome, to help every business identify areas for improvement. This is intended to help achieve good practice and act as a basis for continuous improvement.
10. The Review (annual light touch)
The Assessor revisits each year to measure progress against the action plan. Certification can be withdrawn if key issues are not addressed.
11. The Reassessment
After three years, the Certification expires. Contact Accredit UK to arrange a reassessment.
|Last Updated ( Thursday, 15 July 2010 )|
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