ELISTA Education - Education & Training in Animal Assistance & Therapy

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ELISTA Education, as described in our aims and objectives and outlined in Quality Assurance Policies wishes only to provide a quality, valuable service for all Learners. In order to do this, ELISTA Education, just like all other responsible education providers, has both internal policies and procedures, as well as external accreditation to monitor and ensure high standards in programme delivery, student support and progression opportunities are always met.

Internal Verification & Quality Assurance

ELISTA Education employs various procedures to ensure fairness, consistency and quality to Learners. These are summarised in ELISTA Education Policies and Procedures.

External Authentication and Accreditation

To ensure that ELISTA Education always conducts itself in line with Quality Assurance Policies, and also to allow Learners to feel confident that they are receiving the very best Education they possibly can, ELISTA Education is 'Externally Accredited' (sometimes referred to as certified). This means an external official body, board or council monitors and reviews the work of ELISTA Education. Accrediting bodies have very specific requirements that have to be met, therefore Quality Assurance Documents, by which a programme provider (such as ELISTA Education) conducts themselves are usually based upon these.

Programme providers have to prove that they meet the specific requirements by providing evidence, initially and then typically every year (sometimes more often) to their accrediting body. Only when initial or annual authentication processes are complete will accrediting bodies issue certification for Learners and provide or renew accreditation of the organisation.

Accrediting Bodies may be involved in the following:

  • Approving or Validating a specific programme
  • Monitoring Standard and Content of Programme Delivery
  • Monitoring Quality of overall Service
  • Verifying and Authenticating Student Assessment
  • Supporting Learners and Programme Providers

**UPDATE** July 2012

ELISTA Education is pleased to confirm external accreditation for all our foundation courses.

The accrediting bodies that officially oversee course quality and certify Learners are as follows:
Canine Behaviour & Training- International Society of Animal Professionals (ISAP)
Equine Handling, Husbandry & Instruction- International Society of Animal Professionals (ISAP)
Human-Animal Interactions- Institute for Animal Care Education (I.A.C.E)
Animal Welfare- Institute for Animal Care Education (I.A.C.E)

Details of ISAP can be found at www.is-ap.org
Details of IACE can be found at www.iace.org.uk

Both organisations are based in the UK, there are no such similar accrediting bodies in Ireland. ELISTA Education is very proud to have course accreditations from subject specific organisations (i.e organisations that are purely concerned with animal related education), yet recognises that National Accreditation is also important to allow for course transfer, progression and recognition of prior learning, as well as funding for learners. For this reason ELISTA Education has also made an application with the National Further Education and Training Awards Council (FETAC) for accreditation.

The ELISTA Education FETAC accreditation application was made in January of 2011. The process of assessing for accreditation is lengthy, and unfortunately for ELISTA Education our application was being processed at a time of merger for FETAC. Our application, along with all other organisations applications being processed at the time has been put on hold.

The FETAC website (www.fetac.ie) states the following in relation to applications and the impending merger.

"The Qualifications and Quality Assurance Bill was published in July 2011. The Bill provides for the amalgamation of the National Qualifications of Ireland (NQAI), the Higher Education and Awards Council (HETAC) and the Further Education and Awards Council (FETAC) into a new agency named The Qualifications and Quality Assurance Authority of Ireland (QQAI). The new agency will also take responsibility for the external quality assurance review of the universities, a function which is currently performed by the Irish University Quality Assurance Board (IUQB). When QQAI is established FETAC as an organisation will be dissolved.

In order to prepare for the dissolution of FETAC, the transition of functions to the new agency and the reassignment of resources across the new organisation, FETAC Provider Registration has closed and a number of other services have been suspended, pending amalgamation.

The establishment of the new agency is contingent on the enactment of the legislation and the subsequent determination of a specific establishment date by the Minister. It is anticipated that the legislation will be enacted by summer 2012."

The interim website www.qualificationsandquality.ie/Pages/Legislation.aspx for 'QQAI' details the progress of the legislation required to affirm the amalgamation, and although the fourth and final stage of The Qualifications and Quality (Assurance Education and Training) Bill 2011 was completed on July 5th, the Bill awaits "signature into law by the President".

ELISTA Education will strive to receive accreditation by QQAI when available, and keep learners and potential learners fully updated on our progress. We appreciate your patience and your support.

Student Fees include official certification for Learners that successfully complete ELISTA Education courses.

*UPDATE January 2014* Within the space of a year little has changed regarding national accreditation, as detailed above FETAC is intended to be dissolved started to be replaced with QQAI. Currently ELISTA Education is investigating this with regards to their own needs as an organisation and researching other possibilities to support the existing ISAP and I.A.C.E accreditation/certification.

In addition to all foundation courses being accredited as above, progression courses are also accredited as follows:

Animal Assisted Therapy- I.A.C.E
Equine Assisted Therapy & Learning- I.A.C.E
Assistance Dog Training- I.A.C.E
Canine Training and Instructing- ISAP
Animal Rehabilitation- I.A.C.E