Become an IOR Academy Centre of Excellence

What is an IOR Centre of Excellence?

An IOR Centre of Excellence is an organisation that is a corporate member of the IOR and delivers IOR Qualifications either internally through the development of employees or as an Education provider to it’s customer base. A Centre can be an organisation that delivers its own training programmes, the content of which has been mapped to the IOR’s qualification curriculum, therefore giving learners a formal, recognised qualification.

Why become an IOR Centre of Excellence?

Achieving approved Centre of Excellence status will create long lasting value for your organisation whether that is for your current employees and their career development, attracting new talent or winning business. Being a Centre demonstrates:

  • Dedication to best practice in your chosen field of expertise externally and internally.
  • Commitment to learning and education through recognised qualifications and programmes
  • The quality of your training programmes and training delivery with a recognised Quality Mark that differentiates you in the market place.
  • Your attitude to Continuous Professional Development (CPD) through up skilling and keeping up to date with market changes and important legislation that affects your profession and it’s customers.
  • Your passion to drive change in the industry through rigorous standards, ethics and superior service delivery for all key stake holders.

  

Centre Requirements

The IOR Centre approval process is critical to ensuring that all IOR qualifications are delivered to the highest standards. The Academy is committed to providing a rigorous approval process, however our supportive approach welcomes new Centres on board as quickly as possible. Our team of Training Experts, Assessors and other specialist IOR staff are available to provide you with personal support and guidance at every stage of the process. To help make your application as easy as possible we have provided the key requirements to Centre approval below.

Centres must:

  • Be able to evidence a capacity to responsibly deliver IOR qualifications and accreditation programmes both in terms of resources and management systems.
  • Be able to provide evidence that it is operating on a sound financial basis.
  • Not be engaged in activities or campaigns that are likely to bring the IOR into disrepute through association.
  • Not intentionally provide false or misleading information.
  • Must be a legal entity.
  • Only employ tutors or trainers to deliver and assess qualifications/accredited programmes who hold a national teaching qualification, such as PTLLS or equivalent training qualification.
  • Provide evidence of working Policies and Procedures such as Health & Safety, Appeals process, Internal Verification, Fair Assessment (please see application form for a complete list).
  • Have been awarded the 'Ethics Champion' certificate endorsed by both the institute of Recruiters (IOR) & the British Institute of Business Ethics (IBE)
    http://www.theior.org.uk/ethics-champions

       

 

Centre Approval Process 

We will guide you through the process step by step:

  1. Pre-approval Consultation – the IOR Academy Manager will contact you by phone to advise you and your organisation of the internal systems and processes needed to achieve Academy Centre of Excellence status. This will include guidance on qualifications available and the cost of delivery.
     
  2. Application Form– completion of the Approval Application form and Approval fees paid in full to the IOR Academy.
     
  3. Approval Visit – the purpose of the visit is to gather information and evidence of your Organisation's attitudes to Professional Development and it’s capacity to deliver. These will include:

    a) Your organisation's ethos and attitudes to standards and best practice.
    b) Training Resources available – including adequate staffing and experience levels and appropriate equipment, software, and training delivery materials.
    c) Management and/or quality systems/procedures.
    d) Approach to Personal Development Planning and Training Needs Analysis, including the review of professional development programme resources available at each employee level.
    e) Delegate support mechanisms such as coaching or manager support.
    f) Records – delegate details, progress and achievements.
    g) Fair process for Learner assessment and evaluation.
    h) Learner Review and follow up process.

    (Approval visits may not be necessary and we will advise you of this at the Pre-Approval Consultation stage)

  4. Approval Committee Review
    Once the visit has been completed your application will be reviewed by the Approval Committee and you will be notified of the decision within 30 days of application. If your submission does not meet our requirements the IOR Academy Manager will inform you of what steps you need to take to meet our criteria.

    (there is no additional fee for re-approval should your initial application be unsuccessful, providing the re-approval is submitted less than 90 days from the notification of our decision)

  5. Approval Committee Review
    Once the visit has been completed your application will be reviewed by the Approval Committee and you will be notified of the decision within 30 days of application. If your submission does not meet our requirements the IOR Academy Manager will inform you of what steps you need to take to meet our criteria.

    (there is no additional fee for re-approval should your initial application be unsuccessful, providing the re-approval is submitted less than 90 days from the notification of our decision)

  6. Contract– When the process is completed the Centre will sign a contract with the IOR and have their Centre status approved
    (The IOR reserve the right to revoke Centre status at any time if the Centre is in breech of contract)

  7. Centre Set Up– The IOR Administration Team will set up your organisation and the relevant accredited programmes and qualifications on our internal systems.

  8. Welcome Pack– you will receive written confirmation of your Centre status approval including a Welcome Pack, an IOR Centre certificate and IOR Centre logo which you can display on your marketing materials. An IOR Account Manager will also be assigned as your point of contact and manage the on-going relationship with you and your learners.

International centres

International centre assessments will be carried out online (for example by videoconferencing).

To find out more about how to become a Centre or receive the Centre application form please email support.team@theior.org.uk

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