The International Association of Online Training Standards (IAOTS) system of Recognition should not be seen as a replacement to any National system presently existing, but as an adjunct to it. The IAOTS system will provide access to an accrediting body that will oversee the maintenance of the quality and standards of providers who opt out of national training agendas within their locality or country.
The global distribution of Recognized Members of IAOTS dictates that the IAOTS Executive Committee will not have an intimate knowledge of the day to day working practices of each Recognized Member.
Recognized Members are therefore required to provide signed confirmation that their actual working practices and procedures follow the documented practices and procedures, submitted to IAOTS, by evidence of which their Recognition is granted. Events which occur as a direct consequence of a Recognized Member’s working practices deviating from or contravening the documented practices and procedures submitted to IAOTS will be regarded as the sole responsibility of the Recognized Member.
The Founder Members of the International Association of Online Training Standards are deemed to be:
- Correspondence Schools
- Private Training Organizations
- International Colleges
The Associations’ primary purpose is to provide a simple recognition and accreditation system, for distinguishing quality post‐secondary education including vocational education, distance education, adult and continuing education.
In response to increasing globalization of world economies and societies, the system aims to have a global rather than national focus.
The individual members will promote the system, through a web site and with joint venture partners if applicable.
In order to minimize member fees, administration costs, bureaucracy and overlap with other professional bodies, the scope of activity of this Association will be strictly limited to the management of the recognition and accreditation system and the promotion of the system and participating training providers.
All Recognized members will be required to sign agreement to and support of the Association’s Mission Statement.
RULES OF RECOGNITION
By submitting an application for Recognition by the Association, an organization is deemed also to be applying to become a member of the Association, with equal rights and responsibilities as all other Recognized Members.
Before an organization’s Recognition and Membership can be official, the following conditions must be satisfied:
- Only organizations, which are legal entities in their own right, may join. Recognition/Membership is not available to individual persons.
- All Recognized Members must adhere to an acceptable, written code of practice/ethics in their dealings with the public, students, and any other organizations, which provides for fair and equitable dealings in line with quality education and training institutions around the world. A sample code can be supplied by IAOTS if requested.
- All Recognized Members must agree with and support the Mission Statement of the Association.
- All organizations Recognized by IAOTS will be obliged to adhere to a flexible, yet stringent set of standards that ensure a high standard of content, delivery and assessment within education and training courses.
- Criteria/Standards will be maintained by the simple threat of removal of Recognition if an organization is found, after investigation of complaints, to contravene standards
- Recognized Members must provide documentary evidence that they satisfy minimum requirements with respect to Administration of the Institution, Content of the courses provided, Delivery of the courses provided and Assessment of students.
- For Recognition to continue, Recognized members must provide a documented Annual Audit. Audit requirements will be specified by IARC Executive and must be conducted by a person in authority.
- Every five years, Recognized Members are required to submit documentary evidence to IAOTS Executive Committee as though making a new application for Recognition. Recognized members must agree to make such a submission at any other time, at the request of the IAOTS Executive Committee.
- A Recognized Member must also pay the application fee, administration fee and annual fee, as specified.
Any organization accepted as a Recognized Member may advertise their organization as:
“Internationally Recognized and accredited by IAOTS”
INTERNATIONAL ACCREDITATION & RECOGNITION COUNCIL FEES FOR RECOGNITION & MEMBERSHIP FEE SCHEDULE
- USD $200 (non‐ refundable application fee, paid once only when first joining)
- Administration fee of USD $1999
- A flat rate annual fee of USD$399 will be payable on 1st January
DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED TO SUPPORT APPLICATIONS FOR RECOGNITION BY IAOTS
To participate in this the International Association of Online Training Standards and promote an organization as an “Accredited & Endorsed Member” through the IAOTS, documentary evidence must be provided that the Organization satisfies the requirement in each of 4 areas. These areas are:
Please submit an assessment criterion checklist based on the following information with your submission for IAOTS membership.
- Successful operation for 1 or more years.
- A structured & documented system for dealing with administrative mistakes or non-Compliance.
- References supporting administration (specifically) supplied by two successful past students.
- Documented procedures (staff manual, job specifications, etc.)
- Financial soundness and financial management attested to by a letter from the organization’s Chartered Accountant.
- Documentation of the training providers courses (e.g. curriculum documentation, study guides or comprehensive outlines). These must be official documents showing the organization’s contact details and logo.
- Documented procedure to continually update course materials. (Updating policies; forms for obtaining student feedback, evidence of previous updates)
- Documented procedure to review courses at least every 3 years based upon inputs from students and/or industry (Review policies and procedures; documents that support them)
- References supporting content (specifically) supplied by two successful past students,
- Documentary evidence that courses are developed by competent professionals with at least 5 years industry experience (copies of their qualifications, references from colleagues, statutory declaration from staff).
- Documentary evidence of physical resources needed to service the quantity and kinds of students being serviced, such as a library, computer data base, and Learning Management System.
- Exemplary references specifically supporting delivery supplied by two successful past students.
- Exemplary references from two successful employers in a relevant industry attesting to quality delivery (not past or present students)
- All teaching or tutorial staff with 5 years or more continuous and recent industry experience
- All teaching or tutorial staff with a qualification at or above the level they teach plus industry experience exceeding 3 years
- Unrestricted access to staff by students during office hours or class times
- Teaching staff have a teaching or training skills qualification
- Flexibility in the delivery that allows student to choose the times of study
- The student has a way in which they to prove themselves (e.g. assessments)
- All Assessors have 5 years or more experience in the areas where they assess, outside of education
- Opportunity is provided for the student to repeat assessments
- Procedures for assessment are well structured and documented
- A mechanism for students to submit feedback for improving assessment which is seriously considered for action