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Swiss Accreditation Service 

We offer an accreditation service for schools, institutes, training providers, faculty and consultants. Our independent accreditation process adheres to internationally recognized standards and operates to the highest levels of quality and service. The Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area note that agencies should be independent to the extent both that they have autonomous responsibility for their operations and that the conclusions and recommendations made in their reports cannot be influenced by third parties such as higher education institutions, ministries or other stakeholders. As a Swiss not-for-profit organisation you have the assurance that out accreditation process is fully independent and that certification is both credible and impartial, as you would expect from a Swiss organisation. Wherever you are based in the world you can benefit from our accreditation of your organisation, your courses, your trainers, or of your learning materials.


Our accreditation includes:


Accreditation Expert Panel

We have established an international panel of experts who contribute to the ongoing development of our accreditation procedures and who advise on key aspects of the certification process for applicants. The external expert group undertaking accreditation projects usually consists of the following experts:

  • one or two quality assurance experts (international);
  • representative of higher education institutions (national);
  • student member (national);
  • stakeholder member (for instance an employer, national)

 Our accreditation panel will address key areas of the clients operation, including but not limited to:

  • The organisational structure and management 
  • The position of the programme within its institution
  • The programme objectives and intended learning outcomes
  • The curriculum content and delivery system
  • The depth and rigour of the assessment processes
  • The institution’s resources allocated to support the programme
  • The appropriateness of the faculty that deliver the programme

 The Accreditation Process

The accreditation process may take from several months to more than a year to be completed. The process involves a number of stages as follows:

Stage  1: Initial Enquiry or Application

  • A  formal application has been received by us
  • Desk review of the application by our accreditation officer 
  • An accreditation panel is appointed to conduct the accreditation 


Stage 2: Review of application including all required documentation


  • A full set of documents are delivered to the accreditation panel 
  • The accreditation panel reviews the submission


Stage 3: Self-Assessment

  • A Self-Assessment Report is submitted (institutional or individual) to the accreditation panel
  • Members of the accreditation panel review the self-assessment report 


 Stage 4: Briefing Visit to the Institution (applicable only in relation to physical campus based accreditation)

  • Members of the accreditation panel visit the site/institution 


Stage 5: Peer Review


  • Members of the accreditation panel compile a report and submit to the chair of the panel.


Stage 6: Accreditation

  • Accreditation is granted (or declined) for the designated period based on the recommendations of a majority or the panel members.
  • In the event of an accreditation being declined the panel report must include a set of recommendations for improvements in order to attain accreditation. Applications for accreditation from organisations or individuals whose accreditation has been declined are entitled to re-apply for accreditation one year from the date of the initial application.  

Accreditation Fees

Fees vary depending on the type of accreditation sought, and the geographic location of the organisation or individual seeking accreditation. As part of our not-for-profit ethos we operate a sliding scale of fees based on UN data which classifies all countries of the world into one of three broad categories: developed economies, economies in transition and developing countries. Please contact up in order to determine the accreditation fee for you specific institutional or individual circumstances. 

If you would like to apply for institutional or individual accreditation please email us at: