There are four phases in the accreditation process. Please see each stage explained below, to find out what is involved.

You can also download our Autism Accreditation Journey (PDF) here to find out more about the accreditation process.

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  • Your organisation undertakes a comprehensive and detailed self-audit of current practice
  • Implementation of accreditation action plan based on the self-audit with your adviser
  • Optional quality development visits can be held with your adviser to reflect on practice and undertaking of your action plan


  • Assessment planning with your adviser to plan the format of your assessment and what to expect
  • Assessment days include observation of practice, oversight of key person centred documentation, and discussions with key people within the provision (including autistic people where relevant)
  • Observations may also be undertaken by an independent moderator
  • Online accreditation survey is sent to families and/or autistic people
  • A report summary of assessment findings, areas of strength and development is produced by the adviser and sent to the awarding body

Award outcomes

  • Outcomes are measured against specific criteria that must be met and demonstrated in order to achieve one of the following stages of 'aspiring', 'accredited' and 'advanced'
  • A licence to use the Autism Accreditation mark is issued along with a certificate for organisations who achieve accredited status and above.

What next?

  • Accredited status will be reconfirmed upon request from the provision after an agreed period of time
  • Enhanced practice commendations can be gained for specific projects and pieces of work by submitting an application to be considered for recognition after accredited status is achieved
  • Exclusive access to Autism Accreditation networking events

Additional member benefits

Once your organisation is accredited, you'll be able to enjoy the following benefits:

  • use of the Autism Accreditation logo on promotional materials once accredited status is granted, and licence agreement signed
  • press pack containing guidance on how to publicise your accreditation achievement externally
  • invitations to free accreditation and raising the standards days - look back at past events 
  • 10% discount to National Autistic Society conferences and training events
  • opportunity for staff to continue professional development
  • access to the wider Autism Accreditation Community.

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