Make contact with SEDA to register your interest. The SEDA office will note your details and establish the following information:
(Please note that discretionary discounts may be available).
You work with your mentor to finalise your documentation and the mentor will notify the accreditors and the SEDA Office when you are ready to go for accreditation. Accreditors will normally need to receive documentation four weeks prior to any accreditation event taking place. As a guide, it is possible to complete the accreditation process in approximately three to six months, however it may take longer than this, a lot will depend on how quickly you can prepare the required documentation in the mentoring period in particular.
You send your documentation to the accreditors. Accreditors will normally need to receive documentation four weeks prior to any accreditation event taking place. They will read and review it and discuss it with each other, contacting you if clarification is required on any of the material.
The accreditors will plan the accreditation visit, which is normally face to face, although exceptions can be made in certain circumstances, e.g. for an overseas institution. They will agree dates with you, let you know who they want to see, questions to be asked and a timetable.
Accreditation takes place. Primarily the accreditors will be looking to see if the programme meets the criteria for institutional recognition and programme accreditation and any additional requirements (specialist outcomes) specified by the named award. The accreditors will give you verbal feedback on the results of the accreditation which will be:
If the programme cannot be accredited in its present form, the accreditors will offer advice on how it may be developed further in preparation for any subsequent process.
Back-dating of accreditation will only be considered in exceptional circumstances and considered on a case by case basis. For this to be granted, you will need to provide evidence that all outcomes and values have been met in accordance with the named award during this period. Should a back-dating request be granted, any subsequent re-accreditation will be taken from that date.
The accreditors then write a report for formal consideration by the PDF Committee. This will be sent to you electronically to add feedback. The office will let you know when the report will be considered and ratified by the PDF Committee.
The SEDA office will let you have feedback from the committee and will confirm accreditation with recommendations, conditions and dates of institutional recognition and programme accreditation, and dates when further fees will be due. The Office will send you a certificate of recognition for the institution and a certificate of accreditation for the programme.
If you wish to appeal against the decision of the Committee you are advised to read the SEDA-PDF appeals procedure and follow the procedures outlined.
After accreditation individual certificates will be issued to those who successfully complete your accreditation programme. You are asked to submit requests for certificates once or twice a year in the form of an official pass list signed by the external examiner or moderator for the programme or the chair of the assessment board. Certificates will be sent to you as programme leader for distribution.
Institutions recognised by SEDA may use the SEDA logo on programme documentation according to the guidelines which will be notified to you by SEDA.
It is hoped that you will want to become a mentor to leaders of new programmes and an accreditor and reviewer of programmes, for which you will be paid a fee.
You are required to submit a first year report form for all new programmes .
You will be asked to provide an evaluative report on the operation and running of the programme since the last accreditation or review. This will include:
The reviewer(s) will most likely visit the institution for a discussion based on issues raised in the documentation. The emphasis will be on encouraging development of the programme in light of the experience of the whole named award and informing the development of the named award through the experience of the specific programme. The reviewer(s) will write a report on the process which will be submitted to the PDF Committee for ratification.