1- Inquiry


For initial information and so that we can give you a tailor-made quotation, we ask you to complete and return our Application form. We can then provide you with a non-binding quotation and discuss the desired timetable for the certification procedure with you. Before the application is made, we are happy to inform you in a preparatory discussion about the content and work stages of the certification procedure. 

2- Compiling the self-evaluation report


After the procedure has started, you will compile your self-evaluation report (including the relevant appendices) on the basis of our Assessment Guide for the certification of continuing education courses, which gives a detailed description of all the relevant quality standards. 

3- Appointment of the review panel


As soon as you have submitted the self-evaluation report, we will nominate a FIBAA project manager as your contact and appoint a review panel, which generally consists of at least four experts: two from the field of academia, one expert from professional practice and one student. In order to ensure that the review panel is unbiased, FIBAA will give you the opportunity to submit any reasonable appeal. We will prepare our reviewers for your area of activity and every actual procedure. 

4. Site visit


After reading through your self-evaluation report and before appointing the review panel, we will agree a date with you for a site visit, which usually takes one day. This helps to acquire information about your institution and verify your self-evaluation report through discussions with the management of the institution, teaching staff, students, administrative staff and other relevant groups in your institution. 

5. Compiling the report


Following the site visit, the review panel will draw up a comprehensive report for each continuing education course to be certified, which you will then subsequently receive for comments (without a recommendation by the panel for a decision). Every individual quality standard in our Assessment Guide will be assessed by the reviewers and documented in full and in a verifiable manner. 

6- Decision-making


On the basis of the report, the decision recommendation of the review panel and by taking account of your opinion, the FIBAA Certification Committee for Continuing Education Courses will reach a decision about your application for certification. Afterwards the full report is published on the FIBAA homepage

The duration of a certification in the case of an initial certification is 5 years; in the case of a re-certification, it is 7 years. 

Appeal procedure

Higher education providers, which  have a complaint to the procedure please write an email to info[at]fibaa.org.

Higher education providers, which are not in agreement with a decision by the FIBAA Certification Committee, can appeal against the latter. More detailed information on the appeal procedure can be found here