The Authorized Provider (AP) application and review is a rigorous process that involves extensive hands-on evaluation by the IACET Commission. Its thorough nature ensures that AP accreditation is valued in the marketplace and that approved AP organizations are the best of the best.
Step 1: Get the Authorized Provider Accreditation Guide, Application Project Plan, Standard and Application
To familiarize yourself with what the AP program is and what the application process entails, download the free Authorized Provider Accreditation Guide and the AP application project plan template. Then purchase and download the application package from the IACET online resource center. This package, which includes the ANSI/IACET Standard document and the application itself, gives you the core building blocks for IACET Authorized Provider accreditation and reaccreditation.
Step 2: Review and Self-Study
Applying for AP accreditation gives organizations the opportunity to benchmark their operations against the ANSI/IACET 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. IACET provides a range of support to guide you along the way, including webinars and workshops. You can also access the resources used in the Standard’s development, as well as insights from experts and your peers through IACET’s monthly AP Application Assistance webinars.
Step 4: Commission Review
The IACET Commission reviews the organization’s application to determines if its policies and processes are compliant with the ANSI/IACET 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 organization then moves on to the site visit stage of the process. The purpose of the site visit is to verify the accuracy of the information provided in the application process. 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. If the applicant is approved, they will be notified by IACET staff. If the applicant is denied—either in the initial review stage following multiple review cycles or after the site visit—they will receive a letter from the Commission Chair notifying them of the decision and advising them of possible next steps.
Step 7: Appeals
If the IACET Commission denies or withdraws approval or puts an applicant on probation, the applicant can 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 IACET 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 accreditation.
* Applicants outside of the continental United States may be subject to additional site visit fees.