Accreditation process

It is our intention to make this process easy to follow and easy to complete. The steps to accreditation are as follows:

1. Ensure you have trawled through the International TEFL/TESOL Accreditation Council Standards on the Standards and Evidence page. Contact us if you have any queries.

2. Contact us. Let us know the type of course for which you are seeking accreditation. We'll reply with a note of our fees structure and other useful information regarding our streamlined accreditation process. The accreditation process can be completed in weeks - not months.

3. If you are happy with the fees structure and wish to proceed, we will send you our Guidelines and Application for Accreditation. You then return the completed Application Form to us together with the Initial Accreditation Fee payment paid by bank transfer to our company account with the Bank of Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. We will forward our bank account details when you decide to proceed.

4. After sending the completed Application Form and Initial Accreditation Fee, you then need to complete our Standards and Evidence Form which we'll email to you. You return this to us with your evidence, which includes access for us to a copy of your course(s). The accreditation-related questions on this document will mirror the International Accreditation TEFL council Standards and you will be asked to provide your evidence against each Standard. There may be some Standards for which you cannot provide evidence – this may be as a result of the type of course or method of delivery. Don’t worry – we’ll help you with any query.

5. Our Accreditation Advisory Team will inspect your submission and documents in evidence. We may need to get you to submit additional or different information, but we’ll help you with that too. Then we will advise you that accreditation has been granted, deferred or declined. If deferred or declined, we’ll help you to get things right at that time. However, if you have been keeping in touch with us throughout the process, there is much less chance of your submission being deferred or declined.

6. Once accredited, you can display our logo on your site and documentation and this will demonstrate to customers that you are a high quality Provider and you meet the demanding International TEFL/TESOL Accreditation Council Standards of quality assurance.

7. From the date of accreditation there will be external moderation activity (see below) as required for each course accredited (see note below). It’s as easy as that!

Notes re Moderation This is a fairly extensive note about moderation which will no doubt serve to illustrate its importance in educational activity. We will cover the key points here but all aspects of the moderation policies, processes and procedures will be covered in-depth during the accreditation process and during the submission of your completed Standards and Evidence Form.

Note that moderation and verification are inter-changeable words. They mean the same. Moderation ensures that candidates are assessed in a consistent, accurate and well-designed manner. It ensures that all assessors who assess a particular unit, standard or qualification are using comparable assessment methods and are making similar and consistent judgements about candidates’ performance.

Moderation of assessment must be carried out: internally by the Provider itself (internal moderation) and externally by an external moderator/verifier, i.e. International Accreditation TEFL council and our highly experienced personnel in our main company TI Select Training Ltd, of which International Accreditation TEFL council is a division (external moderation)

It is paramount to have robust internal and external moderation practices to ensure that assessors apply assessment criteria consistently, and that there is a shared understanding of the standards candidates are expected to achieve. In a nutshell, moderation ensures that assessment is operated fairly within programmes and that assessment policies and principles are applied consistently.

As all assessment is devolved to the Provider and its assessors, the importance of moderating systems cannot be over-emphasised. Moderation will ensure that the system is credible and that assessors and candidates behave in ethical ways. Furthermore, moderation is a means for professional interaction and upskilling of assessment practitioners so as to continuously improve the quality of assessment.

The main functions of moderation systems are: To verify that assessments are credible, fair, valid, reliable and practicable To identify the need to redesign assessments, if required To provide an appeals procedure for dissatisfied candidates To evaluate the performance of assessors To provide procedures for the de-registration of unsatisfactory assessors To provide feedback on unit standards and qualifications

How does Moderation Occur?

Moderation systems combine internal and external moderation. Both external and internal moderation systems must ensure that all assessors produce assessments that are credible, fair, valid, reliable and practicable and that assessors and candidates behave in ethical ways.