The Accreditation Process
Institutions interested in accreditation must first become members of ECBE. ECBE provides two pathways to accreditation: a two stage procedure - involving Candidacy Status for accreditation - or the direct approach for full accreditation.
To achieve candidacy status an applying institution must demonstrate that its institution meets the accreditation standards to a sufficient degree that it can be expected to attain full accreditation within a three-year period.
This pathway demands the presentation of specific documents followed by a site visit, by an appropriate representative of ECBE, to review the existing conditions and business education programme(s) offered at the member institution. The site visit will take one or two days depending upon the size and complexity of the business programme(s). If the site visit produces a successful result, as expressed in a positive review of the institution and its programme(s), then Candidacy Status is awarded for a period of three years. Within the three years period the institution must apply for full accreditation.
Full Accreditation Award
Full Accreditation requires:
1) that an institution carries out a comprehensive self-evaluation,
2) that a site visit be made to review and validate the veracity of the self-evaluation. This visit is conducted by a visiting team of peer evaluators, usually from different countries and
3) that the Board of Commissioners is satisfied that ALL accreditation standards are met sufficiently to warrant the award of full accreditation.