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


  • 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
  • Introductory meeting is held within the first four months of registration with your adviser
  • Action planning meeting is held within the first eight months of registration with your adviser


  • 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 demonstated 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 every six months with a full assessment every three years.
  • 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 continued professional development by joining our assessment teams
  • access to the wider Autism Accreditation Community.

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