PROVISIONAL STATUS IN THE CANBERRA ACCORD

The Canberra Accord’s Rules and Procedures lay out a process for accrediting systems to apply for provisional status in the Accord. This is the first step toward full signatory status in the Accord. The process generally follows the following procedures:

Admission of new signatory systems to the Accord is a two-stage process:

  1. Stage 1: applying for and being accepted for provisional status following a successful desktop review of the applicant system.
  2. Stage 2: transfer from provisional to signatory status following a review visit evaluation resulting in a positive recommendation for transfer of status (see 2.2.j below).

A successful admission to provisional status requires:

  1. An application by letter for provisional status supported by nominations from two of the existing signatory systems.
  2. An affirmative unanimous vote, less one, by the existing signatory systems following a successful desktop review of the applicant system by the Secretariat.

In September 2014, for the first time since its inception, two systems were granted provisional status:

  1. The South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP)
  2. The Japan Accreditation Board for Engineering Education (JABEE)

At the General Meeting in Boston, MA  USA in May 2015 the Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA) and the Fundacion para el Conocimiento MADRI+D (FMID) were granted provisional status, and the Secretariat received an application for provisional status from the Institute of Engineering Education Taiwan - Architectural Accreditation Council (IEET-AAC) in 2016.