IARC provides a way of distinguishing quality education in the post secondary sector on a global basis.
IARC aspires to high educational standards with little bureaucracy for schools and institutions. The result is an affordable quality control system.
Schools, colleges and institutions delivering post-secondary education, including vocational education, adult education, workplace training, undergraduate and post-graduate education. These institutions may register as ann IARC approved provider of post secondary education.
Most government recognition systems are geared toward standards for one county, region or country and therefore it can be limiting in the age of globalisation and human movement. Employers find it difficult to map to familiar qualifications from those studied overseas. Our Framework for Excellent covers the core components of education which are deemed critical to the success of students, to their wellbeing and to their overall student experience.
The criteria for membership is built around quality standards which exist across a range of countries. Criteria for membership has been rigorously tried and tested and continues to evolve today with feedback from institutions, employers, industry and as a result of regulatory change. We are proud of this.
Through the global network, IARC members maintain communication with other educators and as such, are in many ways more aware of global trends than other institutions. This network also provides contacts for those colleges and their students beyond their own country. There are many benefits of membership - you may read more here.
Students of members schools and colleges are entitled to bring a complaint to the IARC Executive Committee Board. When an school or college is found to be contravening IARC requirements for registration, that institution will have their recognition immediately suspended until an investigation is undertaken. If necessary, membership will be ceased at the discretion of the Executive Committee Board.
A new application for recognition will only be considered after a period of 12 months and that new application must show that any contravened requirement(s) has been corrected. You can read more here on our Public Protection Policy.
I want to make a complaint against IARC - what should I do?
You need to submit by mail a formal complaint to the President of IARC to the postal address provided on our Contact Us page.
It means that the institution has, on the basis of a formal submission, been judged as reputable, and of satisfying minimum criteria in the areas of administration, course content, course delivery and student assessment.
Recognition does not automatically mean that courses offered by that institution are endorsed by IARC. Endorsement of a course by IARC recognises the course meets criteria which were determined as central factors in establishing the credibility of that course.
What is the difference between recognition and endorsement?
Recognition is granted to schools and institutions, whereas endorsement is granted to specific courses that meet course requirements. Not all of a school’s courses may be endorsed. IARC membership does not automatically confer to the endorsed status of the courses offered by that member school.
New members are required to pay their first annual fee on joining, after the application is approved by the Committee. The full annual fee is £250.00, however there are discounted fees for schools applying late in the year.
No. Approximately one third of applications are not accepted. Some applications fail to meet the criteria minimum and therefore would not be eligible for IARC membership (recognition). We cannot comment on the eligibility of an organisation or school until a full application has been submitted.