For a Program to Be Accredited, it must:
1) Education – Require Relevant Courses from a qualifying program, program accredited, or an accredited or listed government regulated institution.
2) Assessment – Courses and Exams hosted and provided by an Accredited Institution
3) Experience – Require sufficient skill and experience.
4) CE- Continuing education each year is part of the ongoing certification process.
5) Ethics – Each member adheres to a code of ethics.
The CHEQS recognizes and accredits professional development education bodies so that graduates of programs and government recognized courses and assessments may have recognized quality standards.
The CHEQS also recognizes professional certification education programs.
- Education and Experience: Most professional certifications require candidates to meet certain educational qualifications and have relevant work experience in the field. This may include holding a specific degree or a certain number of years of experience in a related role.
- Eligibility Criteria: Certification programs often have specific eligibility criteria, which may include prerequisites like completing certain courses, workshops, or training programs.
- Examination: Certification candidates typically need to pass a standardized examination that assesses their knowledge and skills related to the industry or profession.
- Continuing Education: Many certifications require holders to maintain their credentials by participating in continuing education or professional development activities. This ensures that certified professionals stay up-to-date with the latest developments in their field.
- Code of Ethics: Some certifications have a code of ethics or conduct that candidates must adhere to, promoting professional behavior and integrity within the industry.
- Application and Fees: Candidates usually need to submit an application to the certifying body and pay the required fees to be eligible for the certification process.
- Renewal: Most certifications have an expiration date, and holders must go through a renewal process to keep their certification current. This often involves completing continuing education requirements and paying renewal fees.
- Professional References: In some cases, candidates may need to provide references from professionals or supervisors who can vouch for their skills and experience.
- Background Checks: Certain certifications, particularly those in fields with specific legal or safety concerns, may require candidates to undergo background checks.
- Membership in a Professional Organization: Some certifications are offered by professional organizations, and candidates may need to become members of the organization to be eligible for the certification.