JATC ACCREDITATION SUMMARY
GOING FOR THE GOLD
The third round of our ongoing accreditation review process began in the fall of 2011. As you know, our ability to compete demands excellence in all aspects of our apprenticeship and journeyperson training programs. The accreditation process provides a mechanism for recognizing educational and training institutions that achieve and maintain a prescribed level of performance excellence, integrity and quality. Our industry, the communities we serve, and potential apprentice recruits will have increased confidence in a local Training Center that is accredited. The overall goal is to maintain gold level accreditation status for all JATCs.
Accreditation Benefits and Advantages
Accreditation offers a number of benefits and advantages to local JATCs that engage in the process and become accredited. These include the following:
- Instructor Manuals
- Communicates a recognized training program status that influential educators, parents and others might more readily perceive as one that meets acceptable standards of quality.
- Strengthens the capacity to ensure that graduates possess up-to-date trade skills as well as needed specialties.
- Provides a comprehensive framework for periodically performing a self-study and analysis to determine whether training program objectives are being achieved.
- Helps determine where training changes are needed.
- Provides focus on the kinds of assistance needed to bring about thoughtful and effective change.
- Fosters contact and information exchanges among local JATC personnel on how to improve their respective training programs while concurrently striving to become accredited or to maintain an accredited status.
- Helps the JATC ensure that it complies with applicable laws and sound operating practices.
The accreditation criteria focus upon the kind of comprehensive training system needed to graduate journeypersons who are skilled in current trade technology, able to adapt to changing technology, and capable of handling a variety of work situations. The ITI accreditation team will determine how adequately the criteria have been met through three indicators: observation, documentation and interviews. The criteria that will be reviewed include the following:
- Administration and Supervision of Training
- Training System Components and Resources (Facility, Equipment, Curriculum, Coordinator, Instructional Staff, OTJ Training)
- Training Process and Content
- Recruitment and Selection
- Continuing Journeyperson Training
- Academic Credit for JATC-Sponsored Training
- Staff Development
- Record Keeping and Reporting
- Budget Planning
- Legal and Accounting Affairs
- Public Relations and Industry Promotion
- Research and Improvement Initiatives
- Collaboration with Industry and Outside Industry Groups
Changes and Additions to Accreditation Criteria
At the October, 2010 meeting of the Accreditation Board, certain criteria for accreditation were either changed or added. Please be advised that these criteria, some of which are mandatory, will be included in your next assessment. To access the changes and additions, please click here for an easy-to-understand checklist. Areas highlighted in yellow indicate changes or additions to previous accreditation criteria. Check marks highlighted in yellow indicate a change to “mandatory.”
Please note that accreditation criteria are subject to change based on recommendations of the July 2011 Accreditation Board meeting.