Currently the NADP Accreditation scheme is in abeyance whilst we respond to feedback and develop the scheme. The office and Board of Directors have been working hard on proposals and trials for the revised accreditation scheme; ably assisted by some of our members and associates. The analysis of these trials will be presented to the NADP Strategic Planning meeting in April 2020. A full update will be given to delegates at our conference in June 2020 and information will be posted here and on JISCMail lists as soon as it is available.
Accreditation provides recognition that agreed professional standards have been met by a practitioner in the development of high-quality policy and provision for disabled students and staff in post-compulsory education. Compared to colleagues such as careers advisers, mentors and counsellors, staff in disability services have few identifiable routes to secure specialised qualifications that are related to the range of tasks they undertake.
NADP Accreditation offers specialist continuing professional development and support for a career pathway. It provides formal recognition of a practitioner having reached a particular level of knowledge, skills and experience. Accreditation also provides for the enhancing of knowledge and the spread of best practice.
The process of accreditation will take place whilst you are busy dealing with the daily challenges posed by your job. Those responsible for devising the Accreditation Scheme recognise this and so the process will not be excessively onerous. However, as we want the process to secure external recognition and validity, we must treat it as a rigorous process and not simply a “rubber-stamping” exercise. Please be aware from the start that some additional effort will be required if your application for accreditation is to be successful.