Accreditation of Training Centers
As IEC garners more national recognition, guidelines will be offered in how our various training programs and chapters utilize and implement the IEC curriculum. To formalize our educational standards and work to produce highly trained instructors, it is only fitting that our chapters become accredited learning facilities. In creating an accreditation system, IEC chapters have the ability to distinguish themselves from competitors while enticing future apprentices to join IEC. In becoming accredited, a chapter will utilize the IEC curriculum while working to incorporate the aforementioned projects: PEP, LMS, ESTS, and Instructor Training. Currently, here are the proposed three levels for IEC chapters (subject to change).
Chapters in good standing with IEC National require no submission of program details to IEC National Credentialing Subcommittee. Upon execution of the IEC licensing agreement (which contains specific requirements that shall be followed in order to use the curriculum), they are approved to purchase the IEC National Four (4) year curriculum and teach it to their students. These chapters do not provide any additional information to IEC National about their training programs. The chapter may register their program with DOL or the contractors may register a program with DOL operating under their local Apprenticeship & Training Committee supervision. An Authorized Training Chapter is the minimum level of curriculum user. Since no information is submitted, IEC National "CAN NOT" validate the program in any way. The chapter does agree to follow the curriculum recommendations for testing and demonstrated skills.
An IEC National Certified Training Advantage Program is an IEC National Curriculum Authorized Training Provider. In addition, the Training Advantage program submits information to IEC National. The Chapter does a self-assessment of their program, gathers and submits specific information and documentation to IEC National Credentialing Subcommittee and agrees to follow specific requirements. The training program may choose to use classroom-based, internet-based, or a combination of classroom and internet instruction. The method of instruction may be synchronous or asynchronous.
An IEC National Accredited Training Advantage Program meets the minimums outlined for an IEC National Certified Training Advantage Program. In addition, the training program submits information in the form of a formal booklet to IEC National Credentialing Subcommittee for verification by a third-party accreditation service. The Chapter does a self-assessment of their program, gathers and submits specific information and documentation to accreditation service. The accreditation review looks at the entire program. The training program may choose to use classroom-based or internet-based instruction. The method of instruction may be synchronous or asynchronous.
The Accreditation service will validate from field inspection of the program. The service will give third-party validation to program claims such as, are procedures in place to monitor student's participation/attendance? Do they follow thier agreed grading scale? Are instructors properly trained?
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