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Accreditation Scheme application time frame

Overview

New applicants and Returns will always receive 12 months notice for when their submission is due. However it is possible to achieve Accreditation in six months. You’ll probably find the process easier and more rewarding if you start to work towards the standard even before you’re invited to submit.

See the steps involved in aiming for Accreditation over 12 months. This process can be contracted to fit your timeframe.

12 months to submission

At 12 months to go

  1. Read through the Accreditation Standard and application form.
  2. Identify which areas need most work and create an action plan.
  3. If applicable, share the action plan with your Museum Mentor and highlight any areas you may need advice on.
  4. Work out when trustee meetings will be held over the next 12 months – the governing body must approve various plans and policies.
  5. Review documentation procedures against SPECTRUM, and put in place any missing procedures.
  6. Identify any relevant skills and training events.

Common action plan areas of focus are:

  • forward plan
  • documentation plans and procedures
  • emergency plan
  • collections development policy
  • care and conservation policy and plan
  • security review

At 8 months to go

Contact our Quality Assurance Manager to ask about any issues.

At 6 months to go

  1. Review your progress against the action plan.
  2. If applicable, update your Museum Mentor on progress.
  3. If you wish for us to read your draft before requesting signed approval from your governing body, contact our Quality Assurance Manager to discuss options.

At 4 months to go

Check that your governing body has received all documents requiring their signed approval.

At 2 months to go

  1. If applicable, ask your Museum Mentor to read your draft application.
  2. Make any changes that your Museum Mentor recommends.

At 1 month to go

If applicable, send the final application to your Museum Mentor to read and so that they may sign the declaration form.

6 months to submission

At 6 months to go

  1. Read through the Accreditation Standard and application form.
  2. Identify who can work towards the standard over the six months and their availability – it’s best to have more than one person involved.
  3. List all of the areas requiring work and create an action plan.
  4. Share the action plan with your Museum Mentor and highlight any areas you may need advice on.
  5. Work out when trustee meetings will be held over the next 12 months –the governing body must approve various plans and policies.
  6. Review documentation procedures against SPECTRUM, and put in place any missing procedures.
  7. Identify any relevant skills and training events.

Common action plan areas of focus are:

  • forward plan
  • documentation plans and procedures
  • emergency plan
  • collections development policy
  • care and conservation policy and plan
  • security review

At 4 months to go

  1. Update your Museum Mentor on progress.
  2. Check that your governing body has received all documents requiring their signed approval.
  3. If you wish, send your draft forward plan to us for comment before requesting signed approval from your governing body.

At 6 weeks to go

  1. Ask your Museum Mentor to read your draft application.
  2. Make any changes that your Museum Mentor recommends.

At 2 weeks to go

Send the final application to your Museum Mentor to read and so that they may sign the declaration form.