ALP (Approved Learning Partner) application process | ACCA Global
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To become an Approved Learning Partner, you are expected to demonstrate that you meet challenging performance targets, representing global best practice in the provision of ACCA course tuition and support. To become an Approved Learning Partner you must be teaching at least one of the ACCA qualification and be able to demonstrate your success.

The following table shows the minimum ACCA tuition provision that providers must offer in order to be eligible for each level of approval:

Approval level

ACCA

Gold

Any of ACCA's qualifications - ACCA Qualification or Foundation level

Platinum

Running a minimum of 8 papers annually from the ACCA Qualification, which must include all Professional Essentials and 2 Options



To qualify for Gold or Platinum approval, learning providers must offer full-time or part-time face-to-face tuition or an equivalent distance-learning, E-Learning or blended learning course. In reviewing an application, ACCA will take into account:

  • the style of tuition
  • the duration of the course
  • the timing of the course in relation to the exams

Revision courses are considered in the approval process, but approval cannot be given on revision courses alone.

When applying for approval, learning providers are assessed against ACCA's performance targets which are detailed in the performance assessment matrix. (Please see related documents).

Learning providers are given flexibility in how they demonstrate achievement of each target and are invited to relate targets to their institution to give insight into their individual practice. ACCA welcomes diversity and innovation in all areas of institution management and course delivery.

The performance targets are assessed in two parts: Part 1 - Institution management and Part 2 - Course management and delivery. A number of assessment elements have been identified in each of these main areas and the performance targets are grouped within these elements.

Institution Management ACCA course management and delivery 

Assessment element

Gold

Assessment element

Gold

Retention

X

Tutors

X

Terms and Conditions

XStudent feedbackX
Complaints ProcedureXTeaching/study programmeX
Customer ServiceXStudent support and adviseX
Study EnvironmentXCourse reviewX
Financial viabilityXPromotional materialsX


ACCA encourages learning providers to provide a complete account of why they believe they meet each target, supported with relevant evidence or documentation. Guidance and examples of documentation/evidence that can be used to support the claim that a performance target has been met is available.

Before you apply to become an Approved Learning Partner, you should consider carefully whether your institution meets the performance targets outlined in the performance assessment matrix. If there are any targets that you cannot meet at this time, please delay your application until you are confident that you can meet all of the targets.

How to apply

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If you believe your institution is ready to apply for Gold approval, the first step is make an initial enquiry online. You will be asked for full details of your institution and the courses provided together with contact details for a staff member that ACCA can contact by email to discuss your institution's eligibility to apply.

In your application you will be asked to declare that, to the best of your knowledge, your institution meets each of the performance targets and to detail the ways in which you are able to demonstrate this.

You will be required to submit with your application any documentation that can be used to demonstrate that each of these performance targets is met.

A non-refundable application fee of £50 is payable with the application.

Before applying to become an Approved Learning Partner, you should consider carefully whether your institution meets the performance targets outlined in the performance assessment matrix. If there are any targets that you cannot meet at this time, we ask that you delay your application until you are confident that you can meet all of the targets.

Guidance on how to achieve these targets and suggested evidence documents are detailed on the Education Hub.

Access to the Education Hub is granted if you are currently working with ACCA towards achieving Gold approval and don’t yet have a user account. Please contact your local ACCA office or email learningsupport@accaglobal.com and we will set this up for you.

Once your application is complete and the fee has been received, a desk based pre-approval review will be carried out followed by a pre-approval visit arranged by an ACCA representative. Before the visit, you will receive a confirmation email explaining the overall visit process.

Moving to Platinum

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ACCA will confirm when you are eligible to apply for Platinum approval. Gold Approved Learning Partners will become eligible to apply for Platinum approval on meeting the Platinum pass rate targets over three consecutive examination sessions. You will then be required to demonstrate that you meet all the Platinum performance targets.

Making the application

You can apply for Platinum approval through paper application form, available from the Accreditation department along with guidelines.

In your application you will be asked to detail the ways in which you are able to demonstrate the additional performance targets required for Platinum approval, and to submit any supporting documentation that can be used as evidence. No additional fee is required to apply for Platinum approval.

Platinum pre-approval visit

Once your application is complete, an ACCA representative will arrange a pre-approval visit. This may be combined with your annual Gold re-approval visit if it has not already been conducted in the year of the Platinum application.

Approval

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The outcome of an application for Gold or Platinum approval will be confirmed to you in writing by the Accreditation department shortly after the pre-approval visit.

Approval fees

A non-refundable initial application fee of £50 is payable with your Gold application. Once your application is approved, you will be invoiced for the approval fee, which for Gold status is £650. A newly approved Platinum Approved Learning Partner will be invoiced for £100, which the difference in fee between Gold and Platinum status.

Thereafter, annual fees are as follows:

  • Gold ALP: £650
  • Platinum ALP: £750

Timelines

There is no deadline for applications for Gold status, but the annual renewal process takes place in the first quarter of the year and all existing ALP's are invoiced for the year's annual fee at this time. Applicants gaining approval late in the year may, therefore, incur two sets of fees in a short space of time.

On approval, you will receive confirmation from the Accreditation department and, if applicable, this will also detail any conditions or recommendations upon which your approval is based.

An approval certificate and the ALP logo will be emailed to you at the same time. You will also be able to download the appropriate ALP logo by logging in to myACCA using your username and password.

ACCA reserves the right to decline approval to institutions that have submitted unsuitable applications. It is the responsibility of the institution to demonstrate that it has met all relevant performance targets and to demonstrate this in their application or at the pre-approval visit.

If your application is unsuccessful, you will receive confirmation from the Accreditation department detailing recommendations for improvement. There is no appeals process and ACCA's decision is final. However, learning providers are welcome to reapply when relevant improvements have been implemented.

Last updated: 28 Aug 2014

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