On a professional level, I have found that being an Accredited Practitioner has been invaluable. Professionally, as a consultant, it gives my clients an added level of confidence and adds weight to the whole process – particularly those that are less aware of Social Value to begin with.
Hannah Marsh, Kingfishers Ltd
You can become an accredited practitioner by fulfilling the following criteria:
- Be a current member of Social Value International
- Complete an accredited training course
- Be the sole author of an assured report
What support can I get to help me become an accredited practitioner?
- Peer Support: As a member of SVI you are encouraged to gain support from other members through regional meetings, linkedin groups, webinars and slack channels.
- Assurance Criteria Checklist: The report assurance criteria is available in a checklist format for you to use as you produce your report. Download it here.
Frequently Asked Questions
When can I apply for Accredited Practitioner status?
You can submit an application during a standard assurance and accreditation round (a two week period in which we receive many applications). The following rounds are scheduled:
|Round Opens||Round Closes||Results Released|
|9 January 2017||23 January 2017||6 March 2017|
|6 March 2017||20 March 2017||2 May 2017|
|2 May 2017||16 May 2017||27 June 2017|
|4 September 2017||18 September 2017||30 October 2017|
|30 October 2017||13 November 2017||18 December 2017|
Or, you can use the Fast-Track service which allows you to apply at any time of the year…
What is the Fast-Track service?
This option is much quicker than normal applications and you can submit at any time of the year. It costs an extra £300 but means you receive the results in 2-3 weeks (rather than 6) and do not have to wait for an assurance round.
How long does the process take?
When a report is submitted through an assurance round you should allow up to six weeks for the results to be returned. When a report is submitted through the Fast-Track service you should allow two to three weeks for the results to be returned.
For reports that require some alterations in order to meet accreditation requirements, the author may be given a five week the option of an amendment period in which to make the necessary changes. This amendment stage is subject to an extra fee, on top of the initial assurance/accreditation fee, in order to cover additional costs of re-checking the amended report and administration (see below for costs).
How much does it cost to apply to be an Accredited Practitioner?
All Assurance and Accreditation services are discounted by 10% if you have an organisational membership.
- Standard Accredited Practitioner application = £900 + VAT
- Fast-Track Accredited Practitioner Application = £1200 +VAT
- Amendment period (optional) = £300 + VAT
PLEASE NOTE: The majority of reports are of a standard that mean they have to go through a post assessment amendment stage. We therefore recommend that you budget for the extra £300 fee.
How do I apply for Accredited Practitioner status?
Download an application pack for Fast-Track Accreditation below. Application packs for Standard Accreditation will be available for download when the next assurance round opens.
What if my report does not meet the assurance criteria?
If your report does not meet all of the report assurance criteria it can still receive the assurance certificate but it will include some ‘qualifications’. Qualifications are qualifying statements that highlight where the report does not meet the report assurance criteria. In the case of a report being assured with qualifications the author can not be awarded Accredited Practitioner status.
I have produced a report working as part of a team, can this be submitted for assurance?
If you are applying for Accredited Practitioner status then you will need to be the only author of the report. You can work with colleagues to collect the information and put the work together but you will be responsible for every aspect of the report including the approach used and any professional judgements.
Do you have a case study about the process?
If you want to know more about the process, you can read about the experiences of our members in the Accredited Practitioners Case Studies in our Resource Library.