WAMITAB Accredit Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Please refer to the following frequently asked questions before contacting WAMITAB.
- What is Accredit?
- What options are available?
- Who can use Accredit?
- What are the benefits?
- How does WAMITAB Accredit work?
- What does it entail?
- What information is required for the application form?
- What happens once my training course/programme has been accredited?
- What happens if we decide to withdraw our training programme?
- How much does it cost?
- How long does it take?
- I’m interested, what should I do next?
The WAMITAB Accredit service provides independent professional confirmation that a company’s training and development programme meets or exceeds WAMITAB minimum quality standards. It supports continuing professional development and employer ownership of skills. It is a robust process incorporating initial consultation and an independent industry and education panel review; providing a valuable analysis of the programme content and learning outcomes, and identifying any amendments (if applicable) that should be implemented to achieve accreditation.
There are two quality assured pathways depending on your requirements:
- WA1 allows companies to gain a WAMITAB stamp of approval for their programme recognising that it is capable of delivering the stated objectives and learning outcomes.
- WA2 maps the in-house training programme or course against known industry benchmarks and standards to provide formal certification.
Accredit is available for use by employers, training providers and other organisations that have developed an in-house training programme or course that would benefit from the added value of national recognition, quality assurance and objective consultation that accreditation by WAMITAB provides.
There are significant benefits associated with this type of external accreditation for organisations and individuals alike. WAMITAB Accredit highlights the contribution that employer developed training programmes or courses bring to learners in terms of quality, job specific knowledge, skills and experience.
- For the organisation, having in-company training accredited by an awarding organisation can help in the recruitment and retention of high-quality professionals.
- For the individual, it can provide external recognition of the hard work and learning that has taken place.
The training course/programme materials are reviewed by an independent panel of both industry and education experts and/or mapped to industry standards (depending whether the WA1 or WA2 pathway is selected).
The feedback from this review process will inform the production of a comprehensive report, which is then issued to the customer. This report provides detailed feedback about the course materials, etc and will include guidance on any amends that are required in order to improve the outcomes of the programme and achieve accreditation.
There are a number of key stages in the Accredit process:
- The first step is to complete and return of the expression of interest form, which asks for basic information about the training programme and whether you want to use the WA1 or WA2 pathway.
- Next, you will be contacted by the Accredit admin team to arrange a discussion (via telephone or face-to-face) to explore your requirements in more detail.
- Then you will be asked to submit the full course documentation, supported by a completed application form.
- These materials will then be reviewed by an independent panel or mapped to industry standards (depending whether the WA1 or WA2 pathway is selected).
- The feedback from this review process will inform the production of a comprehensive customer report. This report will provide detailed feedback and will indicate the amends (if applicable) that should be implemented to achieve accreditation. The report may also include additional feedback and recommendations for improvements to the programme, which will be for guidance only and not a condition to achieve accreditation.
- At this stage WAMITAB will invoice for the accreditation fee. Upon receipt of the accreditation fee and evidence that any amendments have been made, WAMITAB will issue a Certificate of Accreditation, which is valid for 12 months.
- The Certificate of Accreditation needs to be renewed on an annual basis and customers will receive a reminder that the training programme/course is due for review. There is a minimal fee for this review service. If there have been no substantial changes to the documentation following the initial review the Certification of Accreditation will be renewed. If the training programme/course has undergone extensive updating then the materials will need to be referred to the industry panel for a full review.
There are different forms for each of the two pathways, though the information and documentation required is largely the same and includes:
- Contact details
- Course programme literature
- Proposed target audience
- Candidate guidance
- Overall purpose of training programme or course
- Learning outcomes/ course objectives
- Structure/lesson plan
- Time allocation
- Delivery mode
- Tutor details
It is important that all the information requested is supplied otherwise it will delay the application and subsequent review process. There is a checklist on the front of the form to help you track the information as you compile it.
On achievement of accreditation:
- WAMITAB will issue a Certificate of Accreditation for the applicant’s programme, which will be valid for an initial period of 12 months, renewable on successful completion of an annual review.
- WAMITAB will authorise the use of the WAMITAB Accredit and WAMITAB Accredited Programme logos on the course materials for applicant’s programme, which will be valid for a period of 12 months.
- If required, WAMITAB will produce certificates for the applicant’s programme, featuring the Applicant logo and the WAMITAB logo. Note: this is compulsory for the WA2 pathway.
The customer is entitled to resign their accreditation on giving one month’s written notice to WAMITAB. There is no entitlement to a refund of any fees paid and the Certificate of Accreditation must be returned.
For the WA1 pathway: the service costs £500 per day of course, with an optional certification fee of £12.50 per certificate.
For the WA2 pathway: the service cost will vary depending on the complexity and volume of course materials. In addition, the certification service is a compulsory component of the WA2 pathway at a cost of £12.50 per certificate.
For review on annual renewal (WA1 and WA2): the service will cost £50 per day of the training programme/course, provided there have been no substantial changes to the documentation since initial accreditation. If the programme has undergone substantial changes, it would need to undergo a full review by the independent panel so the above fees would apply.
For the WA1 pathway we aim to get the panel report to customers within 6-8 weeks of receipt of the initial application, though this could take more or less time dependent on the length of the training course/programme and the volume of materials. For the WA2 pathway the timeframe would be explained once the application form and materials have been received and undergone an initial scoping review.