Step 1 - Preparation
With the objective to provide guidance to any country or organisation involved in the establishment or restructuring of a training course that shall satisfy the Standards of ISPO with respect to the training of a P&O professionals, ISPO has created Information Packages which describe learning objectives, provide examples of a syllabus and appropriate arrangements for final examinations. They also outline arrangements for evaluation and recognition of P&O training programmes by ISPO.
Step 2 - Application
Applying schools/training programmes must submit the following documents to ISPO Head Office:
- A letter of intent indicating the official programme name, a brief description of the programme, the professional P&O Category for which accreditation is sought and contact details of the programme liaison officers.
- A completed Self-Study Document (SSD) and supporting documents (as outlined in the SSD).
Step 3 - Revision
The ISPO Education Committee reviews the application and decides whether to organise a consultation first, or whether an evaluation of the applying training programme can be arranged directly.
Step 4 - Consultation
Consultations are carried out by P&O experts (ISPO Evaluators) selected by ISPO International. The main purpose of a Consultation is to:
- assess the programmes,
- assess school facilities,
- provide recommendations for the development of the programme.
Consultations are arranged in mutual agreement between the training programme and ISPO.
Financials: For a first Consultation, ISPO will cover the Evaluators’ travel costs. The school/training programme will be responsible for accommodation arrangements and costs, as well as other local costs (meals, local transportation). For any potential follow-up Consultations, all expenses of ISPO Evaluators will be borne by the training programme.
Step 5 - Evaluation
ISPO Evaluations are carried out by a team of Evaluators selected by ISPO International. ISPO Evaluators will review the entire programme, including student entry requirements, teaching content, clinical training, quality and administrative procedures.
ISPO Evaluations are arranged in mutual agreement between the training programmes and ISPO, and are to coincide with the final examination of the students.
Financials: For (re-)evaluations, all expenses of the ISPO Evaluators will be borne by the training programmes.
Step 6 - Outcome
Following the Evaluation, a detailed evaluation report including recommendations will be submitted by the ISPO Evaluators to the ISPO Education Core Committee and Category I or II Subcommittee for review.
The outcome will be communicated to the training programme as soon as possible after the Evaluation has taken place, however training programmes need to allow for some time, seeing that the Education Committee and Evaluators are working on an entirely voluntary basis.
Step 7 - Report and Accreditation
Programmes that have been awarded ISPO Accreditation, as well as all students that graduate from the training programme during the accredited period, will receive an ISPO certificate.
Step 8 - Accreditation Renewal
In order to renew and extend the Accreditation period, the school/training programme should request a re-evaluation to ISPO Head Office at least 6 months before the expiration of the Accreditation period. Alternatively, ISPO will contact the schools/training institutions a few months before the date of expiration of its Accreditation to make a plan for a potential re-evaluation.
Important note: the outcomes of ISPO (re)evaluation visits are official only after ISPO has communicated them to the school/training programme in its official outcome notification letter. Schools/training programmes are kindly asked not to publicly discuss or divulge the outcomes of the ISPO (re)evaluation before receiving the ISPO confirmation letter.