GP Institutional Accreditation Program
 

Frequently Asked Questions

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1.  What is Institutional Accreditation?

IDA Institutional Accreditation is a formal recognition that the institution meets professional standards of operational integrity and quality related to services consistent with IDA values and definition of dyslexia.

2.  Does an Institution have to be affiliated with the International Dyslexia Association to receive Institutional Accreditation?

Yes. The institution must be a Global Partner of IDA in good standing to be considered for Institutional Accreditation.

3.  What are the benefits Institutional Accreditation?

  • Display international recognition of your organization’s operational integrity and quality related to services
  • Demonstrate the operational integrity and quality related to services to current or potential clients
  • Demonstrate the operational integrity and quality related to services to current or potential funders
  • Demonstrates your organization meets regulatory requirements

4. What is the total fee for Institutional Accreditation (in U.S. Dollars)?

$6,000.00 USD -  This amount includes:
  • $1,500 for initial application (includes Mentor and administrative expenses)
  • $4,500 for site visit (includes honorarium and travel expenses for Accrediting Officer)Expenses may vary based on the requirements of the accreditation project and will be agreed to in writing prior to all parties signing the Institutional Accreditation Project Agreement.
Expenses may vary based on the requirements of the accreditation project and will be agreed to in writing prior to all parties signing the Institutional Accreditation Project Agreement.

5. What are the prerequisites to apply for accreditation?

Ensure the following before you apply for accreditation:

  • Complete the Initial Questionnaire to determine if your organization is ready to apply
  • Confirm your active status as a Global Partner with IDA
  • Read and understand the IDA Institutional Accreditation Plan
  • Review the Self-Study Report 
  • Identify a primary contact person from your organization that will coordinate the accreditation process.
  • Contact an IDA accredited institution for their insights and experience regarding the accreditation process.
  • Budget sufficient time and resources for the primary contact person and other personnel involved in the accreditation process.
  • Secure funding or resources for the $6,000 USD Accreditation Fee:
    • $1,500 for Initial Application (includes Mentor and administrative expenses)
    • $4,500 for Site Visit (includes honorarium and travel expenses for Accrediting Officer)

6. What are my next steps when I fulfill the prerequisites? 

You are ready to submit your organization’s Initial Application. IDA will provide your organization with instruction on how to access the Initial Application.
  • Complete the Initial Application and submit the required $1,500 Initial Application fee. 
  • Your organization will be assigned an IDA Mentor to guide you through the accreditation process and help you identify and assemble the accreditation criteria and electronic documents outlined on the Self-Study Report.  
Please note: All documentation provided will have to be made in English and certificates/licenses issued in local language will have to be translated to English for the benefit of the visiting Accreditation Officer.

7. How do I pay the Initial Application Fee and Site Visit Fee?

Payment is made to the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) in US Dollars by the following method: 
Credit Card (Visa, Master Card, Discover, American Express)

8.  Is there a payment schedule? 

Yes.
  • $1,500 is due upon submission of the Initial Application. 
  • The balance of the fee will be due upon the signing of the Institutional Accreditation Project Agreement. 

9.  What happens after I complete the Self-Study Report with the support of my IDA Mentor?
  • Review the Institutional Accreditation Plan and Self-Study Report and convey any questions to your IDA mentor. 
  • Review your organization’s digital inventory of the evidence/documentation supporting each of the Institutional Accreditation Standards to ensure it is complete; seek help from your IDA Mentor as appropriate

Please note: All documentation provided will have to be made in English and certificates/licenses issued in local language will have to be translated to English for the benefit of the visiting Accreditation Officer.

  • Your organization’s primary contact person will receive written confirmation from IDA, based on the recommendations of your IDA Mentor, as to whether or not your organization is ready to move forward with the site visit.

10.  How does the organization prepare for the IDA Accreditation Officer’s site visit?

Steps to prepare for the IDA Institutional Accreditation site visit will be outlined in the Institutional Accreditation Project Agreement.

11.  What arrangements must the organization make if primary contact person/key stakeholders are not fluent speakers of English? 

The organization must arrange and pay for a qualified English translator. Interviews could be recorded, hence necessary permission to be obtained in advance.

12.  Can I track my application online?

Yes. Your organization’s primary contact person will be provided a link to track your progress.

13.  What will be the validity for the Accreditation certificate awarded?

Accreditation is valid for a period of four (4) years. 

14.  What will be the process of renewal of Accreditation?

Organizations can apply for renewal 12 months before the existing certificate expires.  

15.  Is there a penalty/disadvantage if the renewal process is not initiated on time or lapses for a considerable amount of time? 

The organization will have to pay a penalty fee for lapse in renewal.