There is no distinction between a first accreditation visit and any subsequent re-accreditation visits. The process followed remains the same. The only exception in the process is that the CIPS Secretariat will contact a school, which has a program that is about to expire, 12 months prior to the termination date to determine if the school is intending to apply for re-accreditation.
An institution that wishes to have any or all of its programs considered for accreditation or re-accreditation should communicate directly with the CIPS Secretariat at firstname.lastname@example.org. The request should indicate which program(s) the institution is seeking (re) accreditation status for.
Upon receipt of this request, arrangement will be made to secure information from the educational institution by means of a questionnaire and for an evaluation by a site visitation team.
The CIPS Secretariat in co-operation with the Council Chair will assign a visitation team. Once a team has been selected, the institution is notified of the team’s membership and a mutually acceptable date for the visit is chosen.
The team will visit the institution for a two-day period to examine the program(s) and the institution in detail. The accreditation team will prepare a draft report and forward it to the school to allow for a verification of factual information. After this review the team will prepare the final report, which is then presented to the Council for review. The Council will then make a recommendation on accreditation.
To maintain its accreditation status, each program must be periodically reassessed for continuing compliance with the accreditation requirements. This re-assessment involves scheduled re-accreditation visits, between three (for colleges) and five (for universities) years from the last assessment.