BECOME AN ACCREDITED INSTITUTION
Become an ICAN accredited institution in order to provide Academy for International Science and Research (AISR) / Manipur International University (MIU) Accredited programmes, independent courses and training modules in its out centres, which have been recognised by ICAN. We will guide you through the application stages and offer help and advice about the processes.
ICAN strives for high quality education and therefore, we have a thorough accreditation process. We are confident that any organisation which undergoes this process will be in a prime position to offer our high quality educational programmes and conduct research at an international level. The accreditation will give your organisation a high degree of international confidence.
Benefits of becoming an ICAN Accredited Centre:
ICAN accreditation is the symbol of trust in educational services offered by institutions. It will strengthen the profile of your institution and will reassure students, that you provide the highest quality of educational experience to them.
The ICAN Accreditation is not a one off process, it is about developing a long-lasting working relationship with your institution to ensure that consistent quality procedures are in place.
External quality control of your systems and resources that support learning will give students confidence in your institution.
Your procedures and practices will be further developed, so that they are more robust, allowing you better time management and more efficient use of your resources in the future.
You will be able to use the ICAN and AISR (if you are delivering an AISR qualification) logo when promoting your learning provision to prospective learners, volunteers or employees.
Publish news in the monthly ICAN newsletter
Participate in our conferences and events at a discounted rate
Use of ICAN logo as reference on your websites, blogs, brochures, electronic correspondence etc.
Certificate of Accreditation, ICAN logo for use on business cards, letterheads, publicity materials, website, Facebook and other social media platforms.
Advice on agent contracts with sample agreements, code of ethics for agents and student satisfaction surveys.
Guidance on the drafting of policies and procedures for quality assurance, including internal auditing systems course review, classroom observation, staff appraisal and development, and student assessment.
Visits by ICAN, during which we will provide advice, guidance and consultancy services.
The Centre accreditation process includes three phases, Phase 1, Phase 2, and Phase 3. It includes the following areas:
Quality Assurance and Enhancement
Teaching, Learning and Research Activity
Governance, Management and Staff Resources
Health and Safety, and Legal Status of Premises
Welfare and Student Services, and safeguarding of under 18s
Qualifications and Courses
Marketing and Recruitment of Students
Student and Staff Management Information System (if applicable: Compliance with Immigration Regulations)
Phase 1: Pre-accreditation Visit of your Institution
Pre-Accreditation Visit - We offer two options, either virtual or face-to-face inspection of your institution. After receiving the Centre Accreditation fee, the centre accreditation application form along with all the supporting documents indicated in the form, ICAN's Chief Inspector will check the documents and may ask for further details.
Phase 2: Review of Documentation
After assessing the documents, the Quality and Accreditation Committee will review the Chief inspectors report, and if the information provided is assessed as acceptable, the process moves to Phase 3. ICAN will then contact the institution to organise the Phase 3 face to face inspection visit. If Phase 1 and Phase 2 are successfully completed, the institution will gain provisional accreditation at Phase 2.
If the application process for new applicants cannot be completed within six months as a result of a failure to submit the necessary documentation, ICAN reserves the right to request the organisation to start the process again, and an additional application fee will be due.
Phase 3: Inspection
Inspection is usually a one day visit by an ICAN Inspector, who will focus on the institution’s compliance with statutory and immigration requirements (if applicable), premises and health and safety, management, the adequacy of the teaching resources for the advertised or planned courses, and staff and student records. A check-list of the documents which need to be prepared for the visit will be forwarded to the institution in advance. Please note, that the length
of the visit is dependent on the size and location of the institution.
The accreditation is valid for 3 years subject to yearly accreditation membership fee.
Phase 1 includes the following steps:
STEP 1 – Contact us for an initial discussion
After filling in the ICAN Accreditation Enquiry form below, one of our Quality Assurance Officers will be in touch with you to inform you about the processes and requirements for Institutional, Departmental or Course Accreditation. Once the ICAN Accreditation and Quality Committee (AQC) agrees that your organisation has the potential to gain ICAN accreditation, your organisation will be asked to submit a full application.
STEP 2 – The Application
The Accreditation application documents and guidance notes will be emailed to your organisation. As part of the Institutional or Departmental accreditation, your organisation would be able to deliver ICAN accredited qualifications/courses. If you wish to deliver ICAN accredited courses, please note that your programme must be approved by ICAN before any learner registrations can be made.
STEP 3 – Pre-Accreditation Visit
After receiving the Accreditation fee, the accreditation application form along with all the supporting documents indicated in the form, one of ICAN's Inspectors will carry out either a virtual or a face-to-face inspection of your institution. AQC will assess your application using our risk assessment and quality assurance processes to determine if your organisation as a centre can fully comply with the requirements of being ICAN accredited.
Phase 2 includes the following steps:
STEP 4 – Review of Documentation
After assessing the documents, the Quality and Accreditation Committee will review the Chief inspectors report, and if the information provided is assessed as acceptable, the process moves to Phase 3. If the application process for new applicants cannot be completed within six months as a result of a failure to submit the necessary documentation, ICAN reserves the right to request the organisation to start the process again, and an additional application fee will be due.
STEP 5 – Provisional Accreditation Decision
If Phase 1 and Phase 2 are successfully completed, the institution will gain provisional accreditation at Phase 2. For further information on Provisional Accreditation, please see the ICAN Accreditation Compendium.
STEP 6 - Arrangement of Inspection Visit
ICAN will contact the institution to organise the Phase 3 face to face inspection visit.
Phase 3 includes the following steps:
STEP 7 – Inspection Visit
An Inspection Visit will be required as part of the decision-making process. This visit will be arranged with your organisation in advance and once all payment has been received. The main purpose of the Inspection Visit is to assess your organisation’s ability to maintain, and in fact increase standards in the long term. As part of the visit, the Inspector will review documentation, meet with staff and students, and view the premises. A detailed schedule of the visit along with a list of documents that will be required will be communicated to your organisation in advance of the visit taking place.
STEP 8 – Accreditation Approval Decision
The Chief Inspector's report will give a recommendation to AQC as to whether Accredited Status should be granted with or without conditions.
Should the Accreditation Approval Application be rejected at this stage, an Action Plan may be provided to the organisation in order to assist them in meeting the requirements of the Accreditation Approval.
Once Accreditation has been granted, the organisation will receive an ICAN certificate providing approval for three years, subject to yearly accreditation membership fee. At this point the centre will be allowed to use the ICAN logo. Please note: All uses of the ICAN logo must be approved beforehand.