Accreditation is essentially a means to an end and not an end itself. The enabling Act also gives the Council the mandate of keeping and maintaining a register of all management consultants and management training institutions, their programmes, curricula, locations, standards, duration, type and cost.
Taken together, accreditation of Consultants and Management Training Institutions/Firms by the Council should, therefore, be seen as an avenue for quality assurance for all those involved in training delivery in Nigeria.
With this in mind, this handbook seeks to provide information, with a view to sensitizing all those involved in management training in the country, on the procedures for accreditation as it concerns them in a simple readable format. It also clearly identifies the benefits of such accreditation to those concerned. The Council will publisAccreditation presupposes that certain standards are set against which individuals and organizations are benchmarked. Some agreed standards and criteria in line with international best practices are set to form the basis of judgement. These are used in evaluating individuals and organizations wishing to venture into training practice in Nigeria. Assessing individual qualifications, reviewing curricula and examining facilities, human and material resources, to ensure effective service delivery are the responsibilities of the Council.
The goal of the accreditation exercise is to enhance quality and ensure that clients get value for their money. The exercise is process-driven, with steps to verify that the services offered by various training outfits meet or if possible, exceed customer expectations. It also aims at providing appropriate capacity to drive national growth and development.
This Handbook is particularly relevant at this time as the nation strives to become one of the twenty largest economies of the world by the year 2020.
The handbook provides details of the following:
· objectives of Accreditation and Registration;
· benefits derivable from Accreditation and Registration;
· requirements for Accreditation and Registration of Individual Management Trainers and Training firms;
· requirements for Accreditation and Registration of Public Training Institutions established by Act/Law and Private Organizations of similar standing;
· Renewal of Certificates and attendance at CMD’s Annual Management Trainers and Training Firms Forum;
· method of payment; and
· where to obtain Application Form.
The accreditation and registration exercise by CMD, being the operational arm of the Council, is in full swing. It is on-going, all through the year and those involved in the exercise are drawn from different sectors of the economy. Input into the exercise is from both public and private sector institutions such as the Nigerian Universities Commission (NUC), Lagos Business School (LBS), Administration Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON), Public Service Institute of Nigeria (PSIN), Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM), etc.h a directory of accredited training providers in the country in due course.