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Application Process




The membership application process broadly includes the following stages:-


An initial application, consisting of a completed application form for either Approved Member or Accredited Member status. The applicant will be required to make a detailed submission, describing its distance programme and how it meets IADL standards. Samples of brochures, prospectuses and other publicity or promotional literature may be required. Applicants may also be requested to provide samples of texts and other tuition materials. *


Evaluation and appraisal by IADL assessors.


Preparation of assessors' report for consideration and final decision by the IADL.


A review of the prospective member’s application by the IADL Membership Committee.  The Committee may request additional supporting documentation at its discretion.


Clarification of issues arising from the review, including possible evaluation of courses by a specialist, and onsite inspection by designated assessors, if required by IADL.


If problems arise, our officers and assessors will try to work with the provider to help it reach the required standard.



IADL assessors and quality assurance auditors will give particular consideration to the following:


Publicity, Advertising and Pre-course Information

Ensures that relevant courses are as advertised and give a clear and truthful description of the courses offered by the member.



Selection and Admission of Course Participants

Ensures that prospective students, candidates, and participants hold the appropriate qualifications for the courses for which they have applied.


Course Process and Evaluation and Assessment

Examines how each institution marks student coursework and measures the consistency in assessment. This helps ensure course monitoring for all accredited members.


Course Structure, Syllabus and Content

Ensures that material provided to students is the same or not substantially different to that which was originally presented at submission to the Membership Committee. Where material updates have been introduced, verifies that these are within specified parameters of each appropriate course or programme.


Progress and Assessment and Course Administration

Monitors student progress and ensures that any student grievances are responded to appropriately.



Ensures that teaching, tutorial, and academic staff are adequately qualified and experienced and monitors any change to staffing arrangements, and that the staff to course participant ratio is sufficient.


Course Evaluation and Quality Assurance Proccedures

Ensures that internal procedures to monitor and maintain internal standards on delivery of courses are available.


Members agree to adhere to the IADL Code of Practice, and are required to provide evidence that suggestions and recommendations made by IADL assessors and evaluators have been acted upon. 


The initial evaluation and appraisal procedures may be abridged or waived completely if the applicant is licenced by virtue of central, regional or local government authority, or has undergone a formal accreditation process and obtained accredited status from a body duly recognised by the IADL for that purpose. 


Any part or parts of the membership application process may be varied or waived at the absolute discretion of the IADL, without formal notice.