Accreditation is based on an inspection of the full range of your institution’s provision, and we also require evidence that your management maintains acceptable standards and its legal obligations during the period of accreditation.

Prospective institutions undergo a first level of scrutiny by BAC staff through the application review stage. Once this is completed, you will receive a rigorous inspection which assesses your provision against the minimum standards set out in the relevant scheme document. A report of this inspection is then considered by the Accreditation Committee, which can then decide to award, defer or refuse accreditation based on the evidence of whether all minimum standards have been met.

Once you have read all the information on this website and in the Accreditation Handbook and scheme documents, should you still have any questions you are invited to contact our office by email or telephone. We organise regular seminars introducing prospective applicants to the principles of accreditation and exploring the process in more detail; details of forthcoming seminars are published on this website.

Whilst our inspectors and staff always attempt to offer helpful advice, you should bear in mind that we are primarily an inspection body. In applying for accreditation, you must be prepared to accept constructive criticism of your provision as well as positive comment on good practice.

2018/2019 Accreditation Committee meetings

Application Processed by:Inspection Completed by:Committee Meeting Date:
27 October 202023 November 202028 January 2021
18 December 202015 January 202125 March 2021
19 February 202115 March 202127 May 2021

The application process for accreditation comprises:

The enquiry form is available on each scheme page.  Take a look at our UK and international accreditation schemes and decide which is right for you.

  • Book a skype meeting with a BAC scheme manager

Once the enquiry form has been received a member of BAC staff will contact you to arrange a meeting. After the skype meeting the BAC application form and guidance documents will be sent to you.

  • Collate your documentation

Your application form will contain a list of required documentation – please ensure that all of this is included before you send your form to us.

  • Include your application fee

Details of application fees can be found on our fees page. The initial application fee includes a deposit against your inspection.

  • Send your form, payment and documentation to our head office

You should complete the application form with reference to the Accreditation Handbook (referring also to the corresponding guidance notes when directed).  Please note that three copies of the application form and supporting documentation will be required as part of your submission.