What is Accreditation?

Accreditation can seem like a complicated topic, with all sorts of unfamiliar terms thrown in to confuse you. What does accreditation mean? We are here to help! Advantage Accreditation is run by a friendly, experienced team. Let us explain some more about what we do…

What is accreditation?
What is the difference between accredited and non-accredited?

In short, it is a stamp of approval. Non-accredited training has not been checked for quality. It’s anyone’s guess whether the course is any good. Accredited training has passed a number of quality checks, including basics like spelling and grammar and more complex checks such as: “How does this training impact learners?”
Accreditation is external recognition of your adherence to a set of standards, allowing you to hold a certain status or carry out a certain activity. Accreditation is typically held by educational organisations, but may be held by other industries.

What are the types of accreditation?
What is an example of accreditation?

At Advantage, it all begins with centre approval. We make sure your organisation is equipped with capable trainers and can offer a good learning environment. What happens next depends on your individual needs.
You may have your own unique courses in need of accreditation. In this case, we will apply our stringent methods of analysis to your course content, making sure it meets our standards.
Alternatively, you can access our vast portfolio of awards. Examples of our accredited courses range from Level 2 Award in Effective Communication to Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work. We regularly update our learning materials with new terminology and legislation, ensuring all information is correct.
Some of our centres require accreditation for their own courses, and wish to use our content too. We create bespoke accreditation to suit individual needs.
Well-known accreditation schemes include the Red Tractor Scheme, the National Landlords Association, CHAS, Law Society Accreditation and the Federation of Master Builders.

What is the difference between accreditation, regulation, certification and affiliation?
Is accreditation better than certification?

There are so many terms to get your head around! Here is a little “Cheat Sheet”:
• Regulations: Rules created and enforced by an authority (e.g. UK Government)
• Certification: A document showing an achievement
• Affiliation: A connection between two or more organisations
• Accreditation: Official recognition of quality standards to carry out training

What does accreditation body mean?
What is the role of an accreditation body?

Advantage Accreditation is an example of an accreditation body. We support training providers to deliver high quality training by checking course materials, trainers, and more. At Advantage, we also provide our own accredited training materials.
Part of being an accreditation body is staying up-to-date with national standards & regulations, making updates to course content, and providing ongoing support. These national standards are often based on advice from sector skills bodies, voluntary industry bodies and professional associations. Examples include Skills for Care, Energy and Utility Skills, Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA), British Insurance Brokers Association.

We hope this helps you understand more of what accreditation is and what we do! If you have any questions, please contact us.