Process, costs and documentation

Process, costs and documentation required for accreditation.

Process chart:

1.The initial application

Applications for accreditation of your courses must be made directly to OTTSA by completing the form online here..
Initial applications are free of charge and do not commit applicants to continue the application process.
OTTSA reserves the right to reject any application at this stage which it feels will not be successful.

2.Application for assessment of a course

At this stage an applicant will need to complete the evidential base documents giving information on all aspects of their course provision, staffing, assessment procedures and so forth. It is very important that applicants provide as much detail as possible as this will reduce the time needed during the next phase.

Costs for stage 2 depend on the length of the course for which accreditation is sought:

  • Length of course in hours
    Over 300
  • Cost of application (in GBP)

AApplicants will be emailed a detailed questionnaire for assessment once the initial application is approved.

3.Onsite visit by a Principal Moderator (if required)/ongoing moderation

Typically the onsite visit duration is one working day, though this may vary depending on the length and scope of the course under scrutiny.

  • Length of course in hours
    Over 300
  • Cost of moderator visit (in GBP)

Please note: All travel costs for the moderator will be met by the applicant.

The specific details of this stage of the process will be discussed with applicants after the submission process, so that the time the onsite visit of the moderator is as efficient as possible.

At this stage the moderator will need to see examples of course, staffing, procedural and assessment documentation.

Ongoing moderation fees are payable annually (at the rates above) in order to maintain fully accredited status.

4.Full submission

Applicants are required to send the final submission for accreditation, from which OTTSA will make their final recommendations regarding accreditation. If the submission is unsuccessful, applicants receive a detailed evaluation documenting the reasons for the decision. Applicants may process a resubmission at any stage.

If the submission is successful, accredited courses may use the OTTSA logo in their marketing and advertising campaigns. OTTSA also lists all accredited courses on their website. Specific details of the ongoing moderation process will be discussed at the approval stage.

As a result of full accreditation, OTTSA is willing to communicate directly with potential trainees who contact the organisation regarding OTTSA accredited courses.

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