Accreditation Criteria for Training Agencies for Work Force Qualification Programs (Vocational Training Agencies)
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Sound and code-compliant construction requires trained, competent construction craft workers. To increase productivity and get the best value for their investment, construction companies are hiring professionally trained workers who have knowledge and skills needed to function competently and safely on the jobsite. IAS has developed a program for the accreditation of agencies that provide training in the construction crafts. Training agencies that desire to attract workers and ensure that their graduates will be sought after by leading construction firms can seek recognition of their training programs through IAS accreditation.
The IAS Program for Work Force Training Agencies verifies that agencies are competent, that their trainers are qualified and that the curricula meet nationally recognized standards. During the accreditation process, IAS assessors evaluate the corporate organization, facilities, staffing, curriculum, product development and administration. The IAS accreditation program is the first of its kind to consider, concurrently, the needs of the construction crafts, contractors and construction regulators. The IAS approach aims to ensure that accredited training programs prepare students to be efficient, competent workers who are able to provide high-quality construction that meets the requirements of building codes. Standards for accreditation are defined in the IAS Accreditation Criteria for Training Agencies for Work Force Qualification Programs (AC371). IAS accreditation emphasizes the practical (applied) elements of industry best practices, based on educational research; and requires that organizations have formally documented processes that are effectively implemented and regularly monitored to ensure their continuing suitability and effectiveness.
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