This page is an extract from the guidance handbook (available on the members’ area of the site). It gives answers to some FAQs about the IEDP accreditation process.
Why is it worth applying for IEDP accreditation?
There are many reasons, which we have listed in the What's in it for me? section above. These include improving your employment prospects, strengthening your bids for contracts, increasing your competence and confidence.
Who can apply for IEDP accreditation?
Any IEDP member with a professional role or active involvement in the equality, diversity and human rights agenda can apply. The two different levels (Professional Certification or Professional Registration) mean that applicants can be relative novices or very experienced practitioners.
What sort of people should apply for Professional Certification?
They should have a sound knowledge of equality, diversity and human rights and be spending some of their time working in the field, in either a paid or voluntary capacity. For instance, they could be managers who have been asked to take on the equality brief, even though this is not their background; or they could be active part-time in the voluntary sector supporting individuals in respect of one protected characteristic.
What sort of people should apply for Professional Registration?
They should have an in-depth knowledge of equality, diversity and human rights and are likely to be working full-time in the field, probably paid in either an independent capacity or as an employee. For instance, they could a member of the equality and diversity team in a large organisation; they could be making their living as an independent consultant; or they could be leading in a voluntary or community group.
Can I apply for Professional Registration without having achieved Professional Certification first?
Yes, you just need to be sure that you can provide the required quantity and quality of evidence.
What if I am no longer working in the equality, diversity or human rights field?
You could still apply based on your previous work and your continuing commitment to the equality, diversity and human rights agenda, as long as you have kept up-to-date through, for example, reading and professional networks, which you can evidence through your CPD record.
How far back can evidence come from?
Evidence for the four Domains can be drawn from any date providing it is shown to be relevant to the domain descriptors and current legislation and practice. The CPD Record needs to refer to the last three years.
How do I decide what evidence to put forward?
Apart from the obligatory evidence, this is for you to decide. It will be matter of carefully reading the competency descriptors and the evidence requirements and then selecting the best match between them and your evidence. The guidance document and the sample submission document should help with this, and you can discuss it with your mentor.
Can I include a relevant qualification as evidence?
Yes, but don't just put a certificate in, you must provide details of the course content and assignments and show how they meet the requirements of the competency descriptors.
Do I have to provide evidence for every bullet point in the competency descriptors?
No, but your evidence must be related to a reasonable number of them in each domain so that the panel is sure that your practice is at the level you have applied for.
Where can I get assistance with the application?
All applicants are allocated a mentor from among our Registered Members. See next question for more detail.
How much help does the mentor provide?
Mentors communicate with you by email and telephone. Initially they will discuss with you the appropriate level for you to apply for and the sources of evidence you will be able to draw from. Later they will talk to you about your selection of evidence and your submission document. They will want to see a sample of your submission document to check that you are completing it in the way that is required, but they do not go through the whole of it.
What provision is there if I have additional needs?
You will be put in touch with a member of the board who will discuss your needs and plan how they can be met.
How do I acquire the knowledge for the compulsory Domain 2 test?
You can consult books, individuals and websites. You will have ten days from when you are sent it to when you have to return it, so you can research the answers during that time.
What if much of my evidence is not owned by me and is confidential?
All evidence is treated in confidence, kept securely and will not be placed in the public domain. Alternatively you may wish to contact the owners of the evidence, explain what you are doing, why it is important to use evidence from them and ask their permission.
How much does it cost?
Professional Certification costs £350 and Professional Registration costs £850. Each accreditation is valid for three years and renewal is much cheaper and only involves the submission of an up-dated CPD record, some reflective writing about recent work and some feedback.
How much time will it take to prepare the submission?
This will vary greatly, depending upon the level you are applying for and the nature of the evidence you are drawing from. For most people it will be sensible to plan ahead and start collecting evidence several months before the assessment date. Then it is probably best to allocate time within a few weeks, a month at the most, to pull everything together, so that you don’t lose your focus.
Who is on the panel?
The assessment panels are made up of four people drawn from:
- Members of the IEDP board
- Registered Members of the Institute
- Someone from a higher education institution, and
- Someone representing an employer.
All panel members are selected by the board and known for their strong commitment to equality, diversity and human rights.
Do I get any feedback from the process?
Yes, every applicant receives feedback from the panel identifying particular strengths and, where applicable, aspects that could be further developed.
What happens if I am not successful?
We will give you feedback about the strengths and aspects for improvement of your submission. You may be asked to provide some additional evidence or you may be asked to re-submit with more substantial additions. In both cases, it will be made clear what is required and you will be allocated another mentor to help you with this. Timescales are set and provide ample time for the additional work.
There are lots of different things to remember. How can I make sure I include everything I need to?
Use the Professional Certification checklist on page 24 of the guidance, or the Professional Registration checklist on page 25 to check that you have met all the requirements.