Accreditation is the universal gold standard. So, failing to give it the proper importance will lead to results of inferior quality and diminished confidence. Being accredited is more than a mere title or status: it is the recognized designation of quality and authority in a given industry. It reflects that an organization has been held to the most stringent requirements and that the organization maintains these standards even amid turnover and change. It is a demonstration of trust and integrity, and without it, everything from a company’s competence to veracity can be called into question.
These are three distinguishing factors of accreditation:
Maintains Industry Integrity. Integrity is about honesty, consistency, and cohesion. To be deemed trustworthy, an organization must adhere to the established criteria for procedures, protocol, policies, and quality consistently and uniformly throughout the organization. Every facet of operations is accounted for and evaluated to ensure continuity of quality and standards. With accreditation facilitated by a third-party agency, the opportunity for dishonesty and circumnavigating protocol is eliminated.
Continuous Improvement. After standards and policies are set, there is an ongoing review process to identify gaps, measure results, and remediate any slippage, additions, or revisions. With such a framework firmly in place, organizations can evolve as the industry evolves and can adopt new processes, efficiencies, or technologies in ways that are integrated and reduces gaps in training and development that would eventually create organizational risks. These measures keep organizations up to date and continually improving for optimal performance.
Checks and Balances. Organizations are assessed based on standards set by a third-party agency in consultation with industry leaders that allow for a nonbiased and objective review of the organization’s processes and procedures. There is always an opportunity for integrity to be compromised when standards are created within an organization instead of by an objective third-party agency. This mechanism of check and balances ensures excellence across the organization, maintains quality through annual reporting and reaffirmation of accreditation, and is all rooted in guaranteeing customer well-being and satisfaction.
Accredited institutions are held in high regard for two main reasons: quality and trust.
Achieving accreditation means organizations can trust they are operating within standards and benchmarks of excellence that are focused on customer care and experience. Organizations will also be able to trust they will continuously improve and evolve, and they can have confidence that they will have the honor of being trusted by their customers.