The Foundation for Accredited Learning
Accredited Learning Providers (ALPs) must develop and administer their courses according to the following guidelines:
1. Instructor Qualifications
ALPs must verify the qualifications of instructors that deliver their courses. Common methods of verification include requiring industry certifications, documented field experience or a qualifying exam.
2. Evaluation of Instructors
ALPs must regularly evaluate the performance of their instructors. In-class audits, student surveys and instructor interviews are often used to meet this requirement.
3. Class size
ALPs must maintain a positive learning environment by ensuring that the class size for each learning program is appropriate to the learning program.
4. Program Development
ALPs must ensure that each learning program is developed by experienced personnel. Providers can require industry certifications, advanced degrees or documented field experience to meet this requirement.
5. Learning Program Objectives
ALPs must ensure that each learning program is designed to address specific learning objectives.
6. Program Evaluation
ALPs must ensure that each learning program accomplishes its stated objectives. Common methods of meeting this requirement include in-class audits, review of course materials or recordings, and review of instructor and/or student performance.
7. Examination Evaluation
If the learning programs include a written and/or practical examination, ALPs must ensure that the examination is fair, valid and reliable. This is usually accomplished by psychometric analysis, student surveys or review by subject matter experts.
8. Examination Security
ALPs must take measures to protect the security of examinations and answer keys. Secure electronic delivery, chain of custody procedures and multiple forms of the test are common methods of meeting this requirement.
9. Examination Score Reporting
ALPs must report exam scores to students in a timely manner and in an appropriate format.
10. Maintenance of Records
ALPs must maintain student records, including exam scores and contact information, for a reasonable period of time.
ALPs must take measures to protect the confidentiality of examination scores and other student information.
ALPs must carry appropriate insurance as required by the industries in which they operate.