The recognition process sets and assesses required standards in relation to the content and quality of community work education and training programmes at the pre-professional level.
In Ireland, this includes programmes at levels 5, 6 and 7 and in Northern Ireland this applies to programmes at levels 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. The document Guidelines for the Recognition of Pre-Professional Community Work Education and Training Programmes sets out the process and associated guidelines providing a practical step by step approach to such recognition.
It is intended that the recognition process will;
- underpin and enhance the quality of community work education and training in line with the All Ireland Standards,
- ensure a degree of consistency of learning across programmes at comparable levels,
- strengthen the knowledge and skills of those active within communities,
- support progression to professional endorsed community work education and training programmes at honours degree level and,
- strengthen and enhance the status of community work as a profession and distinct discipline.
There are clear benefits associated with recognition of your programme by AIEB.
In effect AIEB recognition means that the programme objectives, content and delivery are in line with the All Ireland Standards for Community Work, have community work as their core concern and help to ensure that those who successfully complete them at the level applied for have the associated understanding of community work and it’s values.
Please see also the indicative list of roles linked to the level for which recognition is given
The list is indicative because at the pre professional level programmes are not obliged to include mandatory supervised community work placements and some learners may be able to undertake other roles and tasks.
AIEB recognition can help to:
- give confidence to learners regarding the priority focus on community work as reflected in the All Ireland Standards for Community Work,
- ensure that learning outcomes have a clear community development focus,
- ensure that pre-professional programmes prepare learners for progression to professional qualifications,
- provide employers and potential sponsors with a clear indication of both standards and expectations of learners who graduate from the programme,
- give a quality mark to providers which can be used to promote their education and training programmes with a variety of learners.
The Recognition Process Step by Step
1. Application Form
The application form which can be downloaded below is completed by the provider and returned to the AIEB Secretariat.
If you have any questions or would like advice or support in advance of completing the form please contact the AIEB Secretariat at email@example.com
2. Submission Review
This application will be reviewed by an AIEB panel within two weeks of being received, if necessary, a meeting will be held to clarify aspects of the application.
The panel decision (a, b or c below) with any associated conditions and recommendations will be communicated to the applicants, be it:
a) Full Recognition (5 years) of a programme; maybe with some recommendations for areas that could be developed. Where later modifications are made to the programme recognised by AIEB (e.g., a change in programme title or mandatory content) these should be communicated to AIEB to ensure their complementarity with the criteria and recognition decision.
b) Conditional Recognition of the programme (for 1 year) meaning that there will be some conditions to be met before the 5 year recognition is granted. These will be set out and once the provider has taken steps to meet these (usually by providing additional information) the panel will re-evaluate the submission to decide if the full 5 year recognition can be granted.
c) Advice to reapply indicating areas where a programme needs to be strengthened or consider alternative options where a programme may be more suited to another discipline or area.
Find out more
To find out more about AIEB Recognition, please contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an initial conversation.