Accreditation and endorsement

The College offers pre-registration course accreditation and endorsement for a range of learning opportunities.

The College produces the professional curriculum guidance and education standards for the study of occupational therapy leading to a professional qualification in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
 
The College also endorses a range of formal and informal learning opportunities for members at every stage of their career.

What we offer

Pre-registration course accreditation

The Royal College of Occupational Therapists ensures the quality of UK pre-registration education.

The Royal College of Occupational Therapists has developed, and regularly updates, pre-registration learning and development standards that serve as dynamic quality indicators against which the College can judge an individual programme's suitability for professional body accreditation.

College standards cover five main areas:

  • Programme management and resources standards;
  • Programme curriculum standards;
  • Learning, teaching and assessments standards;
  • Quality assurance and monitoring standards;
  • Practice placements

The following Education Policy Briefings further supports the College's Learning and Development standards on specific issues related to pre-registration education.

Preparing graduates for international practice 

Due to the requirements of its membership with the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) and its position within the European Network of Occupational Therapy in Higher Education (ENOTHE), the standards make reference to the minimum standards of these organisations in addition to the UK national needs.
 
The standards therefore ensure that RCOT accredited programmes prepare graduates for international contemporary practice in the health, social care and other settings where occupational therapy values, beliefs and philosophy could be applied.

Annual Quality Monitoring

The College monitors the quality of accredited programmes between accreditation and review events

The College has an annual monitoring process whereby professional programme directors are asked to provide an annual review of their accredited programme. These reports are scrutinised by the members of the College's accreditation panel who draw attention to areas of good practice as well as any issues arising locally or nationally.

The College produces an annual qualitative and quantitative monitoring report based on the programme directors annual reports that covers national student profiles, programme management and resources, quality assurance and enhancement. The report enables universities to compare their annual review against the national trends.

The endorsement process

Endorsement enables providers of relevant training and continuing education to gain a mark of quality and recognition from the College in order to promote their course(s) to an audience of occupational therapists and related personnel.

RCOT members recognise the standards these learning opportunities have met in order to become endorsed by the College.
 
The benefits of having your learning opportunity endorsed by the College are as follows:

  • Quality assurance of your courses - having your course(s) endorsed will indicate to members that the College's quality and standards criteria have been met
  • Add value to your portfolio
  • Market differentiation - your course(s) endorsed by the professional body for Occupational Therapists
  • Inclusion in the Learning Zone searchable database – your course(s) and company information at the fingertips of our members
  • All endorsed courses receive the RCOT logo to use on all course related material

Endorsed courses may also help members meet their CPD needs.