Steps to Accreditation


1     Step 1

The first step in an accreditation is an employee survey.

This is an online questionnaire and gives everyone in the organization the chance to be involved in the assessment.

2     Step 2

Step two is a meeting between senior managers and the lead assessor on the organization’s context.

3     Step 3

Step three is an assessment visit.


We identify key themes emerging from the assessment data collected and explore these through face to face employee meetings, observations and the analysis of further desk research. We gather the evidence required to recognise strengths and opportunities for improvement.

The number of interviews will depend on the size of your organization The insights are guaranteed to shape your continuous improvement journey.

Your practitioner will determine your accreditation level, benchmark performance, and provide recommendations for continuous improvement and higher accreditation. The practitioner’s professional analysis integrates data sources to give a rounded view of your organization.

Investors in People accreditation is valid for three years, and you’ll revisit your performance against the Standard with an annual touch point, designed to work around you.

Accreditation report
The final report will analyze all the evidence collected and detail the final accreditation outcome. The report will offer you practical recommendations. This brings the results of the assessment process to life, illustrating the findings and supporting the final accreditation result with robust evidence and rationale.

Feedback meeting
Your practitioner will arrange a time to discuss the outcome and recommendations.

If your organization has achieved Investors in People accreditation, it’s time to celebrate.

Introduction to Investors in People

Download the introductory guide