Accreditation Process

The ECICEL accreditation process involves an inspection of the institutions supporting activities, provisions, and documentation that help ensure the efficiency of the learning process within the institution. Any institution considering getting accredited by ECICEL should submit their application form on the official ECICEL website. Documentation copies of the institution should accompany this application form. There are eight general phases or steps in the accreditation process:

  • Preparation
  • Application Submission
  • Registration Fee Payment
  • Application Review
  • On-Site Assessment
  • A Decision is Reached
  • Dues Payment
  • Continuous Review

1. Preparation
An institution seeking accreditation status prepares materials that effectively display the institution’s accomplishments. The institution often creates a written report of its accomplishments, making sure to highlight specific achievements that help it meet the standards of the accrediting agency.

2. Application Submission
Applications for accreditation must be made online on the ECICEL site (www.ecicel.org) or must be addressed to: K. Valdemara Street 19, Riga, LV-1010, Latvia. The applicant must be confident of meeting all the accreditation requirements and applications must be made supplying all available information requested in the application form.

3. Registration Fee Payment
When the application is accepted, you will receive a payment invoice for the registration fee. The fastest way to process your payment is by using our secure PayPal Payment System. We accept Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. This fee will be refunded in full if your application is declined by the ECICEL Board.

4. Application Review
Once received, your application will be reviewed to ensure that all criteria are met.

5. On-Site Assessment
After reviewing the application our staff will schedule the date for the initial on-site assessment that is mutually agreeable. A team of ECICEL-trained assessors visits the institution site to determine compliance with standards, and operations conduct a public information session and report its findings to the Commission for final determination of accreditation status.

6. A Decision is Reached
After the previous steps are completed, the ECICEL Board calls their assessors to review the collected information and affirm or deny the accreditation status of the institution.

7. Dues Payment
When the institution is approved, you will receive a payment invoice for the first year. The fastest way to process your payment is by using our secure PayPal Payment System. We also accept Visa, MasterCard, and American Express.

8. Continuous Review
By accepting accreditation status from a recognized accreditation organization, an institution agrees to uphold the quality standards set by the accreditation organization. The accredited institution also agrees to periodically submit to an accreditation renewal review. Because of this setup, accreditation is often an ongoing process, and schools must continually prove that they are meeting high-quality educational standards year after year.

For questions on the accreditation application process, please email office@ecicel.org.


Accreditation handbook

The ECICEL Accreditation Handbook is a detailed guide to the Accreditation process and the following procedures. The responsibility for assuring the quality of an institution rests first with the institution itself. To download the book please use the link below.