Membership, recognition and accreditations
The purpose of this register is to certify that the registered private schools provide a good educational service and to confirm their professionalism and credibility to the public, to the authorities, and to customers. For both national and international students, the Foundation takes on the role of a contact point and information centre for any possible problems with the schools entered in the register. In addition the Foundation protects the good reputation of Switzerland and also the private educational institutions as education locations.
Private school register: https://www.swissprivateschoolregister.com
As the first Swiss quality label geared towards adult continuing education, it was founded in 2000. EduQua is an accreditation body recognized and supported by the Swiss Confederate Government; it’s the first quality certification for public and private educational institutions in Switzerland. The label promotes transparency and comparability, of continuing education for the benefit of consumers, and helps to ensure the quality of continuing education in Switzerland. More than 1,000 schools, institutes, and academies all over Switzerland are eduQua certified. They certify that a quality management system had been developed and implemented in the organization. EduQua quality label can be received only through a recognized inspection body by the Swiss Accreditation Bureau SAS (Schweizerischen Akkreditierungsstelle SAS) under the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO which is part of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education, and Research.
ISO (the International Organization for Standardization) is a worldwide federation of national standards bodies (ISO member bodies). The work of preparing International Standards is normally carried out through ISO technical committees. Each member body interested in a subject for which a technical committee has been established has the right to be represented on that committee. International organizations, governmental and non-governmental, in liaison with ISO, also take part in the work.
ISO International Standards ensure that products and services are safe, reliable and of good quality. For business, they are strategic tools that reduce costs by minimizing waste and errors and increasing productivity. They help companies to access new markets, level the playing field for developing countries and facilitate free and fair global trade.
Awards for Training and Higher Education, ATHE provides centres with a wide variety of qualifications including administration management, business, tourism, law, computing and health and social care. They have made a name for themselves with exceptional customer service, excellent quality standards and rewarding qualifications with progression routes to university degrees.
ATHE learners can cut the amount of time and money they spend on achieving a degree by more than half. This is because ATHE has special arrangements with a range of universities that enables learners to skip an entire year’s study of the degree for every level they achieve with ATHE.
ATHE itself is regulated by Ofqual and are on the RQF. Ofqual Is an independent, not for profit organisation, making sure that students working towards a UK qualification get the higher education they are entitled to expect.
IBAS is currently a Candidate with ACBSP and is seeking Member status in the near future.
The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) is a leading specialized accreditation body for business education supporting, celebrating, and rewarding teaching excellence. The association embraces the virtues of teaching excellence and emphasizes to students that it is essential to learn.
So, what is CPD? CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and is the term used to describe the learning activities professionals engage in to develop and enhance their abilities. It enables learning to become conscious and proactive, rather than passive and reactive.
CPD combines different methodologies to learning, such as training workshops, conferences and events, e-learning programs, best practice techniques and ideas sharing, all focused for an individual to improve and have effective professional development. There are over 1000 institutes & professional bodies across the UK, a number that is forecast to increase.
Accompanied by such growth is the acceptance that academic qualifications must offer more vocational and skills-based or ‘practical’ learning. A structured, practical and methodical approach to learning helps employers across industries to keep key staff and develop the skills & knowledge in their organisations to maintain a sustainable and competitive advantage.
Engaging in Continuing Professional Development ensures that both academic and practical qualifications do not become out-dated or obsolete; allowing individuals to continually ‘up skill’ or ‘re-skill’ themselves, regardless of occupation, age or educational level.