6 Reasons to Accredit your Leadership Programme

Have you ever had a training programme accredited by an awarding body? Or completed an accredited programme?

You will notice that they are very different in size, commitment and cost to workshop-based programme.

It can be a tough decision to make and one that will often need justifying to senior management, so here are some of the pros and cons in advance of any decision you make!

1. Appreciation

Giving your managers and leaders a recognisable qualification to show for their efforts shows that you genuinely care about them as individuals and their future. Sometimes, yes, people will leave with these qualifications but it is rarely as a result of this and people who feel appreciated are actually less likely to leave in the first place.

2. Standards

Awarding bodies exist to guarantee standards of programmes and materials, you can be sure that the programme is well thought out and covers the right bases if it is a pre-existing accredited programme.

3. Assignments

Whilst contentious and not enjoyed by all, the assessments that are required to pass accredited programmes help to embed the learning that happens in the workshops and forces delegates to think about what they have learned after the workshops have finished.

4. Mapping

Since accredited programmes are pitched and defined at different levels (3,4,5,6,7 in the ILM for example) they can be mapped to the various levels of management within your organisation, giving clear career pathways for your leaders.

5. Recruitment

To be seen to be an organisation that qualifies its people is a huge draw to potential employees that know they can take a positive career step in joining you and will be further qualified once you join.

6. External View

It is great to be able to give external bodies and stakeholders confidence in your management structure by evidencing that they are qualified and to what standards they have been trained.