The Accredited Provider (AP) application and review is a rigorous process that involves extensive hands-on evaluation by the IEEI Commission. Its thorough nature ensures that AP status is valued in the marketplace and that organizations that have been approved as an IACET Accredited Provider are the best of the best. Questions? Read our FAQ.
An interactive process with enduring benefits
Step 1: Get The Guide to IEEI Accreditation, Application Project Plan, Self-Assessment Checklist, Standard, and Application
To familiarize yourself with what the AP program is and what the application process entails, download the free:
- Guide to IEEI Accreditation
- AP application project plan template
- Self-Assessment Checklist
- Bloom’s Taxonomy
- Design Document
Then purchase and download the application package from the online resource center. This package, which includes the IEEI Standard document and the application itself, gives you the core building blocks for IEEI Accredited Provider accreditation and reaccreditation.
Step 2: Review and Self-Study
Applying for Accredited Provider status gives organizations the opportunity to benchmark their operations against the IEEI Standard. You’ll get the opportunity to internally evaluate and find opportunities to strengthen every aspect of your continuing education and training operations, from learning needs and outcomes to control systems to assessment criteria.
Step 3: Submit Your Application
Preparing an AP application is a highly involved and detailed process, and applicants should allocate time and resources accordingly. IEEI provides a range of support to guide you along the way, including webinars, eLearning and workshops. You can also access the resources used in the Standard’s development, as well as insights from experts and your peers through IEEI’s monthly AP Application Assistance webinars.
IEEI has developed an online accreditation system. Once you log in to ethicsequity.org, click on (re)Accreditation Application to begin completing the online application. After you have purchased the Standard for the first time, all future fees can be paid through this system.
Step 4: Commission Review
The IEEI Commission reviews the organization’s application to determines if its policies and processes are compliant with the IEEI Standard. The entire application process from receipt of application to final accreditation determination typically takes about three to four months, depending on how much, if any, additional information is requested from the applicant and the scheduling of the site visit. After the initial review of the application, which takes about four weeks, the Commission will either approve the applicant for a site visit or request additional information.
Step 5: Site Visit
If the Commission approves the application for a site visit, the next step toward IEEI AP status is a verification of the accuracy of the information provided in the application at the organization’s on-site location. The visit is a required part of the application process.
Please note: If your organization does not have a physical office and delivers training solely in a virtual environment, a site visit is still required and may take place in a home office or other location.
Step 6: Recommendations and Approval
After the site visit, the Commission Site Visitor will make a recommendation to the Commission Lead Reviewer to either approve or deny the applicant. IEEI Staff will notify an applicant if approved. If the applicant is denied—either in the initial review stage, following multiple review cycles, or after the site visit—the Commission Chair will notify the applicant of the decision and provide advice as to possible next steps.
Step 7: Appeals
If the IEEI Commission denies or withdraws approval or puts an applicant on probation, the applicant may appeal the decision. A request for reconsideration must be made in writing and mailed within 30 days of the postmark date on the decision letter. The right to reconsideration will be waived if the request is not received within the 30-day period.
Appeals must show evidence of one of the following:
- The Commission committed an error or violated its procedures
- The Commission made an oversight in its decision-making process
- Matters have arisen in the activity, course, or program since the on-site visit or Commission decision, which might indicate compliance with the Standard
Online Application Submission
IEEI’s online application permits provider to work on the submission and return to it as many times as needed prior to submission to IEEI for review.
- If this is your first time submitting an application for accreditation, you will want to purchase the current IEEI Standard & Application for Prospective APs. You have two years from when you purchase the Standard to submit for accreditation.
- Log in to ethicsequity.org and click (Re)Accreditation Application. Both prospective APs and APs seeking to reaccredit enter the system here. Keep in mind that you can work on your application over a period of two years and return to it as many times as needed until you are ready to submit the application to IEEI.
Budgeting for the IEEI Application Process
The IEEI Standard and AP Application package costs $450. Also, at the time of submission, applicants are required to submit a non-refundable fee of $3,250 that covers an application review, one review of additional submitted information if requested by the Commission, administrative costs, site visit expenses* and Commission honoraria. The first year annual fee of $835 will be invoiced following approval of AP status.
*Applicants outside of the continental United States may be subject to additional site visit fees.