Global Standard – FAQs
How do I know if my program is at the right level for accreditation?
The intellectual benchmark is that the qualification being considered for accreditation should deliver an outcome that equates to a first degree/bachelor’s degree. This can be determined in two ways. Either by the entry requirement for the programme being that candidates for the program already hold a first degree/bachelor’s degree or that the programme itself requires the same level of intellectual intensity, rigour of study and examination, covering the body of knowledge for purchasing and supply management as would be required to gain a first degree/bachelor’s degree. In the first instance the programme would need to address the body of knowledge of purchasing and supply management in sufficient depth to focus the intellectual competence on purchasing and supply management subjects, regardless of the subject of the first degree. Further guidance can be gained by contacting the Global Standard team.
What happens if my documentation is not in English?
Documentation in a language other than English may be assessed by an assessor fluent in that particular language, in which case there is no problem. Guidance can be gained from the Global Standard team as to the likely availability of such an assessor. However, if there is not an assessor fluent in a particular language, the assessor needs to gain knowledge of the programme. This is achieved by a series of questions being posed in a mutually agreed language that seek clarity on the nature of the programme, including such aspects as hours of study, type of work required, method of examination etc. This may prompt the assessor to require more knowledge of a particular area of the programme and this may require some degree of document translation. All assessments will seek to minimise the need for extensive translation of programme material whilst ensuring that the quality of the assessment is maintained.
The process seems to involve a lot of preparation. Why should I do it?
The value is that the programme successfully accredited can be marketed as being comparable to a first degree/bachelor’s degree anywhere in the world. The claim is further strengthened as it has been objectively assessed rather than being a subjective claim by a programme deliverer. It enables the programme to stand out in the marketplace as having being properly and independently validated.
What support might be available to help me assess my programme's potential?
The Global Standard team will be able to advise on specific requirements and every effort will be made to assist a potential programme provider to raise its programme to a level likely to achieve accreditation.