Accredited Membership

We welcome applications from institutions that are committed to excellence in language education


Eaquals  Accreditation Scheme

Eaquals is a world leader in accreditation for language teaching organisations. Eaquals accreditation is the gold standard for language centres and a highly-respected badge of excellence.

Eaquals has been accrediting quality language education since its foundation in 1991. Our inspection scheme has been successfully applied hundreds of times, and has been refined to ensure that it is thorough, practical and fair.

The Eaquals Scheme is based on the Eaquals Charters and the Quality Standards  which cover 12 main Categories:
  • Management and Administration
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Course Design and Supporting Systems
  • Assessment and Certification
  • Academic Resources
  • Learning Environment
  • Client Services
  • Quality Assurance
  • Staff Profile and Development
  • Staff Employment Terms
  • Internal Communications
  • External Communications
Support for future development – helping good language centres become even better

Our quality scheme is more than just a system for accrediting institutions. We aim to make a constructive contribution to the improvement of the organisations we inspect and our inspection reports provide a blueprint for further institutional development. Eaquals accreditation makes a valuable contribution to quality in your institution and provides a rewarding professional experience.

 Who can apply

Eaquals accreditation is designed to be relevant to all types of language teaching organisations and applies to the teaching of all languages. We accredit both private and state-run centres and we operate in any country.

Benefits of Eaquals accreditation and membership

Become an accredited member of Eaquals and your organisation will receive a range of benefits to help it achieve and maintain the highest standards in language tuition. These include:

  • Enhanced international recognition and the market advantage that comes with being a verified centre of excellence
  • A blueprint for future improvement and development
  • Opportunities to form local and international partnerships. This provides further recourse to market intelligence and can open channels for promotion of courses to potential markets, leading to increased student numbers.
  • Support to apply the principles and levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
  • Specialised staff training through access to online materials
  • Training & Professional Development at our annual training event which is organised at the Eaquals members’ meeting in November
  • Webinars for members: training on topics of marketing, management and teaching
  • CPD recognition scheme available for staff members

An over-arching benefit, as an Eaquals accredited member, is enhanced international recognition and the market advantage that comes with being a verified centre of excellence. This international awareness is constantly growing through:

  • Growth of our global network of language educators in over 30 countries
  • Increased brand recognition in more than 25 languages
  • Social media presence & promotion with a dedicated Communications Officer
  • Opportunity to take part in the annual Eaquals Teacher Award Scheme for members
  • Annual Eaquals International Conference provides the opportunity to connect with international media related to the sector e.g. EL Gazette, The PIE.
  • Eaquals presence at international fairs and representation at events worldwide in a variety of contexts, which raises our profile and works to make members visible
Accreditation step by step
A.    Support for applicants: pre-inspection advisory services

Applicants for Accredited Membership must first undergo a successful Eaquals inspection. Eaquals  provides expert support and regular opportunities for advice throughout the accreditation process and we offer  pre-inspection advisory services, adapted to the needs of each institution, which  include:

  • institutional Self-Assessment based on the Self-Assessment Questionnaire and the accompanying set of review tasks
  • regular consultation with Director of Accreditation and Consultancy
  • a review of documents
  • a site visit by one of our Advisors

If required  additional on-site training sessions.

Advisory visits are conducted by a team of Eaquals most experienced inspectors.

Click here for the flowchart presenting the accreditation process

Contact us

We encourage institutions considering applying for Eaquals accreditation to complete and submit the enquiry form. Our Services Manager will provide initial information and put you in direct contact with our Director of Accreditation who will advise you on how to prepare for the inspection, discuss possible preparation scenarios and answer your questions in detail.

B.  First inspection

The Eaquals Director of Accreditation works closely with applicants to decide the best way to prepare for a first inspection, provides guidance and support and helps define the overall time frame. When the applicant institution and Director of Accreditation are fully satisfied with the progress made, the institution may apply for a first inspection:

  • The institution completes and submits the application form
  • Eaquals reviews the application form
  • Eaquals arranges an inspection in consultation with the institution
  • The institution receives the Inspection Manual and the Guide and follows the inspection procedure as laid down in the documents
  • The inspection is conducted by an inspection team of  two inspectors and lasts two days. In case of large and complex institutions it may be extended to three or four days.
  • The inspection report is submitted to Eaquals
  • The inspection report is considered by the Accreditation Panel
  • Eaquals notifies the institution of the decision of the Accreditation Panel
How to apply

Once you have spoken to our Director of Accreditation and are ready to arrange a site visit, please submit a full Application Form in Word format. The information you provide will help us to set up the visit and prepare a detailed timetable.

Find out more

Membership and Inspection fees can be accessed here:

You can find information about Eaquals Accreditation Scheme in Introduction to Eaquals Accreditation  and in Eaquals Advisory Guide to Accreditation and on our Frequently Asked Questions page.


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