Frequently AskeD Questions
Q: - What is the role of ACHETS?
A: - ACHETS offers accreditation and network & support services for Christian Educators and Christian Schools across the African continent and the world. Its key purposes include:
• to assist member institutions throughout Africa and the world in their quest for quality and excellence in Christian theological education programmes.
• to assess, accredit and provide support for Bible Colleges, Seminaries, Christian Universities and Theological Schools in Nigeria and internationally, and
• to promote accreditation as an effective mechanism for providing confidence.
Q: - Who are the members of ACHETS?
A: - There are two different categories of Membership at ACHETS:
ACHETS Incorporated is open to any individuals with background in Christian education, theology, or in any Christian academic /ministry majors, or group of Christians, which operate as a theological educational institution, without any form of discrimination to race, age, sex, creed, color, national origin, physical handicap or political beliefs.
Membership is open to all Christian Teachers, Theologians, Academics, Theological Researchers, Christian Educators, Bible and Theological Teachers, Librarians, Publishers, Counselors, Writers, Authors, Christian Artistes & Actors.
Membership is open to all Christian Higher Educational Institutions, i.e., Bible and Theological Universities, Professional Christian Training Schools, Seminaries, Christian Colleges /Universities, Bible Colleges, and Ministry Training Schools.
Q: - What is an accreditation body?
A: - An accreditation body is an authoritative body that performs accreditation. In some instances, its authority is derived from the government. Its primary function is to assess, provide certification, testing, and inspection. Accreditation demonstrates the competence, and performance capability.
Accreditation bodies normally operate as non-profit distributing organisations.
Association for Christian Higher Education and Theological Schools - ACHETS Incorporated is an "Accreditation Body" for Christian Educators and Christian Schools.
ACHETS is a recognized authority on Christian higher education accreditation in Nigeria. No 1 and the best.
ACHETS Incorporated is a non-profit independent accreditation body dedicated to providing a professional, legal and relevant educational accrediting service to Bible Colleges, Seminaries, Christian Universities and Theological Schools in Nigeria and internationally.
ACHETS is duly Incorporated under the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as a non-profit, Religious, Charitable, and an Educational Institution to operate in Nigeria for religious (Christian) consumption.
Q: - Where can I find a list of ACHETS Accredited Institutions?
A: - All current ACHETS Accredited Institutions can be found in ACHETS Directory. Full contact details are also provided.
Q: - What are the benefits of using an accredited certification body?
A: - Accreditation protects the interests of students, the academic institutions themselves, and potential employers, by ensuring that the educational programmes offered have attained a level that meets or exceeds standards that were developed by experts in the field.
Q: - How can I become a member of ACHETS?
A: - Application form can be submitted online
Q: - What is the first step in the accreditation process?
A: - Submit corporate membership form along with the application non refundable fee and annual membership fee. Member Institutions must maintain membership for one or two years before seeking accreditation. Member school only may apply as a "Candidate for Accreditation" by submitting a letter of intent for accreditation on the letterhead of the institution and a copy of the certificate of incorporation by relevant authorities or any other document that proves that the tertiary institution is owned or controlled by Ministries or Denominations recognized by the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria/host country.
Q: - When will the Application for Accreditation receive approval?
A: - Before ACHETS will officially accept an Institution’s Application for Accreditation, the institution must demonstrate that it meets all of the eligibility requirements. The "Accreditation" process typically takes one to two years to complete.
Q: - How long are accreditations valid?
A: - Partial Accreditation is valid for one year from the date it is received, renewable annually. Full Accreditation is valid for life
Q: - What are some of the tangible benefits of ACHETS Accredited Institution?
A: - Tangible benefits include use of the ACHETS Accredited logo, special recognition within ACHETS network and support services, announcing your accreditation and media exposure resulting from ACHETS marketing efforts.
Q: - What's the ROI of ACHETS Accreditation?
A: - An ACHETS Accreditation will pay dividends over time when taking into account the amount of exposure received as well as the perception of separation between an ACHETS Accredited Institution and its non-accredited counterpart.
Q: - Membership & Accreditation - What's the Difference?
A: - ACHETS Membership means that an individual or corporate organization is affiliated/part of ACHETS. ACHETS Membership is the status that a member is given when membership is approved. Membership aims to support professionally and aid in progressing the career/profession of members. Accreditation is the act of granting credit or recognition, especially to an educational institution that meets the standards and guidelines of the Association for Christian Higher Education and Theological Schools. It ensures that the academic credential a student works so hard to obtain means something substantial, and that it will be recognized as such by employers and other post-secondary institutions.
Accreditation has become increasingly important in a number of professional areas, and in some specialised areas students graduating from non-accredited programmes may be unable to join a professional association, gain registration, or find relevant employment.
Accreditation is necessary to any person or institution of Christian higher education that needs to prove that they meet the ACHETS quality standards.
Q: - Does an institution have to pursue accreditation to remain a member of ACHETS?
A: - While membership is a prerequisite for entering the ACHETS Accreditation process, members are not required to pursue accreditation to maintain membership.
Q: - Where can I find a complete list of upcoming ACHETS events?
A: - You can receive all upcoming ACHETS events direct to your email by signing up: HERE
Q: - What are the benefits of ACHETS INCORPORATED individual membership?
A: - ACHETS INCORPORATED individual membership benefits include the fdllowing:
• Membership ID Card & Certificate of Membership
Proudly display your affiliation with thousands of others who are committed to quality and excellence in Christian education. Show your Membership ID Card in official events.
Our award-winning, flagship team tackles the most pressing issues facing Christian educators.
• Continuing Education
Through our conferences and training programmes, there are numerous opportunities available.
• Members Only Discounts
Members receive discounts on resources, books and manuals.
• Counsel Talk, Video-based Webinars
Webinar participants receive valuable insight from professionals in their respective fields from the comfort of their homes or offices.
Use of the name and ACHETS logo on publications, including websites.
• Connect & Network
ACHETS INCORPORATED works to support you by providing a wide array of opportunities to share knowledge, build relationships, and advance the profession.
Q: - What is CCE? - Chartered Christian Educator status
A: - The Chartered Christian Educator programme - First Professional Chartered Course in Christian Education seeks to train, encourage, equip, and empower Christian Teachers, Theologians, Academics, Theological Researchers, Christian Educators, Bible and Theological Teachers, Librarians, Publishers, Counselors, Writers, Authors, Christian Artistes & Actors. Those who completed and passed the required Chartered Professional Course will be chartered and certified. The Professional Certification provides an evidence of proficiency and authority in Christian education.
Q: - How do I apply for a CCE status?
A: - Educators interested in participating in the programme must first become a member of Association for Christian Higher Education and Theological Schools and meet the following criteria:
• Hold a minimum of Bachelor's degree in relevant subject.
• Have a minimum of three years appropriate working experience
• Provide evidence of meeting the required competency standards
In addition, in order to ensure that you are able to get the most out of the programme, you will need to have support from your superior or relevant member of a Christian educational organization to recommend you before beginning your programme.
Q: - What are some of the benefits of CCE programme?
A: - These include the following:
* Learn New Skills, Pursue Your Interests or Advance Your Career with Our Short Online Courses.
* Earn Professional or Academic Accreditation - Receive a Chartered Christian Educator status CCE. The Professional Certification provides an evidence of proficiency and authority in Christian education.
* Christian Educators Network and Support Services
* Get Recognized as A Christian Educator
* The Chartered Christian Educator programme has a critical role to play in supporting EDUCATOR recruitment and retention
Your institution can apply to hold a Chartered Christian Educational Institution status of ACHETS Incorporated if you meet the relevant initial criteria. Contact us for more information
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