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3.2 accreditation decisions





           3.2.1 ASIC Accreditation Committee (AAC)              it is felt, could be rectified in a period not normally
                                                                 exceeding three months. Typically, the institution will
          The Accreditation Committee which, in the interests    be given a number of conditions to meet and when it is
          of consistent and knowledge-based decision-making,     believed that these have been met accreditation will be
          comprises the ASIC Officers listed in Section 1, will   awarded. The conditions may be met by the provision
          make all decisions regarding the award of accreditation,   of additional documentation and/or photographs
          maintaining accreditation and the withdrawal/suspension   to prove that any required improvements have been
          of accreditation on the basis of                       made. In some cases, the Accreditation Committee

          a. evidence provided by the Reporting Inspectors       may decide that there will need to be a further visit to
            following inspection visits;                         the institution to confirm that that is the case. There will
                                                                 be a charge for this visit.
          b. evidence provided by official agencies;
                                                                • refuse accreditation on the grounds that the Inspectors
          c. evidence arising from the consideration of complaints  believe that there are serious shortcomings in provision.
            and appeals; and documentation provided by the       In this case the institution has the right of appeal, the
            institutions.                                        procedures for which are set out in Section 5,

           3.2.2 Interim Accreditation                          In some instances when an institution demonstrates
                                                                excellent practice in particular areas, that institution
          After Stage 2, once the accreditation report has      may be awarded ASIC Premier Status and be listed on
          been checked by the Accreditation Advisor, it will be   the ASIC website as a Premier Accredited College. Full
          considered by the ASIC Accreditation Committee, which   details of Premier Status and the criteria to be met for this
          will determine one of the following outcomes:         to be awarded, can be found in the ASIC Standards for
          • award Interim Accreditation for a total period not  Accreditation available on the ASIC website.
           exceeding 12 months, during which a Stage 3 visit must
           be arranged.                                           3.3 Listing on the ASIC Website

          • defer a decision when it is perceived that there are  Once accredited, institutions will be listed on the ASIC
           some weaknesses in the institution’s provision which,  website.  This is regularly updated and is used by the
           it is felt, could be rectified in a period not normally  UKVI when confirming an institution’s accredited status.
           exceeding three months. Typically, the institution will  The website listings also include the college website
           be given a number of conditions to meet and when it is  and contact email address, useful for other stakeholders
           believed that these have been met accreditation will be  when searching for an accredited provider.
           awarded. The conditions may be met by the provision
           of additional documentation and/or photographs         3.4 Use of the ASIC logo and approved wording
           to prove that any required improvements have been    Once accredited, institutions will be provided with the
           made. In some cases, the Accreditation Committee     AISC logo and approved wording for marketing use.
           may decide that there will need to be a further visit to  Accredited Institutions are entitled to use the ASIC logo
           the institution to confirm that that is the case. There will  and any promotional materials produced by ASIC as
           be a charge for this visit.                          long as they retain their accreditation. In the event of
          • refuse accreditation on the grounds that the Inspectors  an institution terminating its accreditation with ASIC or
           believe that there are serious shortcomings in provision.  having its accreditation withdrawn, the institution will be
           In this case the institution has the right of appeal, the  deemed to have given an implied undertaking to ASIC
           procedures for which are set out in Section 5,       that its logo and promotional materials will not be used
                                                                further.
           3.2.3 Full Accreditation
                                                                  3.5 Accreditation of New Institutions
          After Stage 3, once the final accreditation report has
          been checked by the Accreditation Advisor, it will be   Observation of classes and meetings with students are
          considered by the ASIC Accreditation Committee, which   mandatory aspects of the Stage 3 visit, however ASIC
          will determine one of the following outcomes:         recognises that any new institutions may not have begun
                                                                to recruit students or run classes at the time the Stage 2
          • award Full Accreditation for a total period not     visit takes place. New institutions which satisfy statutory
           exceeding four years, after which accreditation must be  and UKVI requirements and which have all of the facilities
           renewed.
                                                                required to begin to deliver courses may be considered
          • defer a decision when it is perceived that there are  for Interim Accreditation for a period of twelve months.
           some weaknesses in the institution’s provision which,  This period gives a new institution time to become


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