IARC provides a way of distinguishing quality education in the post secondary sector on a global basis.
IARC aspires to high standards with little bureaucracy. The result is an affordable quality control system.
Schools, colleges and institutions which provide post-secondary education, including vocational education, adult education, workplace training, degree and post-graduate education. These institutions may join as 'recognised' providers of post secondary education.
Most government recognition systems are geared toward standards for one county, region or country and therefore it can be difficult for employers in other countries to map to familiar qualifications from those studied overseas. The IARC recogition system is designed in such a way that we can consider quality standards across a range of countries.
As a result, criteria for IARC recognition is different and it evolves from input of international educators - the members themselves and the Committee Board. We are proud of this.
There are participating institutions across the UK and Europe. This gives studying with a IARC institution a higher international profile than studies elsewhere.
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.
Recognised institutions, or their students, are entitled to bring a complaint to the Committee Board. When an institution is found to be contravening IARC requirements for recognition, that institution will have their recognition immediately suspended until an investigation is undertaken. If necessary membership will be ceased.
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.
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.
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.