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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
                                                                 may decide that there will need to be a further visit to
          a.  evidence provided by the Reporting Inspectors
            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 may
          After Stage 2, once the accreditation report has      be awarded ASIC Premier Status and be listed on the
          been checked by the Accreditation Advisor, it will be   ASIC website as a Premier Accredited Institution. 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     3.3 Listing on the ASIC Website
           be arranged.
          • 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. The website listings also include the college
           it is felt, could be rectified in a period not normally   website and contact email address, useful for other
           exceeding three months. Typically, the institution will   stakeholders when searching for an accredited provider.
           be given a number of conditions to meet and when it is     3.4 Use of the ASIC logo and approved wording
           believed that these have been met accreditation will be
           awarded. The conditions may be met by the provision   Once accredited, institutions will be provided with the
           of additional documentation and/or photographs       AISC logo and approved wording for marketing use.
           to prove that any required improvements have been    Accredited Institutions are entitled to use the ASIC logo
           made. In some cases, the Accreditation Committee     and any promotional materials produced by ASIC as
           may decide that there will need to be a further visit to   long as they retain their accreditation. In the event of
           the institution to confirm that that is the case. There will   an institution terminating its accreditation with ASIC or
           be a charge for this visit.                          having its accreditation withdrawn, the institution will be
                                                                deemed to have given an implied undertaking to ASIC
          • refuse accreditation on the grounds that the Inspectors
           believe that there are serious shortcomings in provision.   that its logo and promotional materials will not be used
           In this case the institution has the right of appeal, the   further.
           procedures for which are set out in Section 5,         3.5 Accreditation of New Institutions

           3.2.3 Full Accreditation                             Observation of classes and meetings with students
                                                                are mandatory aspects of the Stage 3 visit, however
          After Stage 3, once the final accreditation report has
          been checked by the Accreditation Advisor, it will be   ASIC recognises that any new institutions may not have
          considered by the ASIC Accreditation Committee, which   begun to recruit students or run classes at the time the
          will determine one of the following outcomes:         Stage 2 visit takes place. New institutions which satisfy
                                                                certain accreditation requirements and which have all
          • award Full Accreditation for a total period not     of the facilities required to begin to deliver courses may
           exceeding four years, after which accreditation must be   be considered for Interim Accreditation for a period of
           renewed.                                             twelve months. This period gives a new institution time
          • defer a decision when it is perceived that there are   to become established and recruit at least one significant
           some weaknesses in the institution’s provision which,   cohort of students. Further information about Interim


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