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Become an academic accreditor


As an Academic Accreditor, you’ll be professionally registered (although this is not essential) and have experience as:

  • an external examiner
  • a course leader or programme director with a leading role in course management or design
  • a member of an institutional validation or review committee
  • a quality assurance auditor.


You need to have knowledge and experience of the Higher Education sector.

How does it work?

You’ll be expected to serve for at least three years, with a minimum commitment of five days a year (six in year one). If you join the committee, you’ll be appointed for three years and then subject to annual renewal.

In your first year, you’ll attend one training day and observe two visits of two days each. In subsequent years, you’ll attend one training day and at least one visit (visits involve one to two days of preparation before and a half-day after for report review).

Visit Panel Chairs will also be expected to attend a one day Academic Accreditation Committee (AAC) to introduce visit reports they’ve chaired, provide offline advice on approving accreditation extensions, new degrees, and approval of action plans (two days a year) and produce visit reports (one day per visit).

The recruitment process

We have a four-stage process:


The Academic Accreditation Committee reviews applications annually in June.


If you’re successful, you’ll need to attend a training day in London in September.


You’ll need to attend two accreditation visits as a ‘trainee accreditor’.


The AAC will review panel feedback to decide whether to formally accept you.

If you’re interested in applying

Read the following guidelines and complete the application form.