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Accreditation practices

Accreditation panel

FISTB accreditation for a training provider is done by the accreditation panel, which consists of minimum of three persons, who do not belong to any of the training providers of FISTB. Accreditations can be done for both Finnish and English materials. As a long-term goal the accreditation panel should contain at least the same certification level than the accreditated materials.

Start of the accreditation

Training provider should deliver all needed material to the accreditation officer, who will deliver it onwards to the accreditation panel. The training provider contact shall get acknowledgment on receival of the materials and preliminary estimate of duration of accreditation. Accreditation panel completes accreditations in the order of receival, and the target schedule is about 3-4 weeks.

About materials for accreditation and needed information

Materials of the accreditation consists of ALL materials related to the course (trainer notes, student notes, exercises and exercise answers to name a few) and all possible other material. It is also important to include the agenda for the course and how the schedule matches to the syllabus. If a book is offered to the students at the connection of the training, then accreditation panel should get their copies of the book.

If there are any content missing from the accreditation, accreditation panel will contact the training provider for submitting all the needed material before continuing.

The training materials should especially contain learning objectives (LO) from K3 and upwards. These LOs require that there are also exercises, which students can complete during the course. Also for the learning objectives K2 and upwards there are programming examples, which the trainer(s) go through throughout the course. If the course is organized both as class and remote training, the course materials should clearly state, which material is used in which training method, in addition the materials must cover the whole syllabus.

NB! If the training provider changes over 5% of the accredited material, then there is need to do partial reaccreditation for the content. In partial accreditation, the process is light-weight, as only material related to the changed Learning objectives and coverage  matrix are reviewed.

Results of the accreditation

Accreditation results/feedback is listed and it is delivered to the contact of the training provider and it's shared between the accreditation panel. Accreditation panel decides based on findings whether to approve or reject the application. Accreditation officer shall inform and provide a signed version of the decision to the training provider contact. This accreditation paper includes e.g. content accredited, version, date and language. In case of rejection, causes for the rejection are reported and how to proceed further. All accredited information of the training provider and trainers is stored to the internal database of the FISTB.

FISTB informs  about any major changes of the ISTQB® course syllabi via its own communication to the training providers and whether some changes require reaccreditation. The training providers get at least 6 months to update their materials. The communications will include information of the level of accreditation needed in such updates (full, partial, none). All the accreditations are valid for time being.

As stated in the accreditation forms, FISTB reserves right to evaluate training provider either by audit or by evaluating exam results.

When accreditation has been approved, FISTB sends the ISTQB® and FISTB logos to the training provider, with the instructions of the appropriate use. In short, the logos can be used appropriately with the context of the accredited course.

Previous accreditations

If material to be accredited has been accredited earlier, please remember to add to the accreditation form information whether material has been accredited earlier, by which board, when, which was the result and whether material has been changed after that (preferably add a list of changes e.g. by using diff program.)

Transfer accreditation

If a training provider has an accreditation given by another board, it can be transferred to FISTB. Check the accreditation process. As in other cases, if the transfer situation (accepted/rejected), it'll be notified to the training provider.

Cross accreditation

If a same training provider uses same materials for another ISTQB® board/area trainings, it's called cross accreditation. In this case, FISTB asks to deliver same information as in transfer accreditation. Information about rejection or approval of the cross accreditation is informed to the training provider and to original national board.

Partial accreditation

Partial accreditation is a light-weight accreditation, where only the material related to the changed learning objectives and coverage matrix are gone through. Send necessary material to the accreditation panel with mentioning that you are looking for partial accreditation.

Withdrawal of the accreditation

In the case that accreditation is wanted to be withdraw, the detailed reasons are documented and informed to the training provider. If required, for the training provider or a trainer can be provided a written warning for the noticed issues. If the fixes are not done in the reasonable time, training provider is removed from the list of accredited training providers and accreditation is withdrawn.

Rights and responsibilites of the accredited party

Accredited training providers are listed in the Training page, to mention who can organize courses in Finland and in which language. Training provider should familiarize to the detailed list of responsibilites in the accreditation form, when signing and sending the accreditation forms. Training provider can only utilize the accreditation for the approved purpose and not use in misleading manner or utilize accreditation in promoting competing sertification programs.