An institution applying for registration has to meet the following requirements:
(a) Provide evidence that the proposed institution meets the legal requirements of establishing the institution. This means being in possession of document(s) showing the establishment and ownership of the institution such as: Constitution; Charter; Articles of Association; and Business license (where applicable).
(b) The applicant should also provide evidence of the extent to which the institution is viable to deliver training programmes, that is its ability to provide the intended training. To ensure this the following should be availed to NACTE: - Curriculum for the intended programme approved by NACTE (i.e. market-oriented, competence-based curriculum, modular in format); Master plan of the institution; Evidence of sources of funding other than the students’ fees; Adequate infrastructure, human, physical and financial resources; Evidence of physical structure development or hire of premises; Evidence of procuring and / nor plans for acquiring equipment and learning materials; Organizational structure of the institution; and Name and CV of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
Procedure for Registration of a Technical Institution
If the applicant meets (a) and (b) above, the following are standard procedures to be followed by institutions wishing to be registered by the Council:-
(a) The applicant writes to NACTE on the intention to establish a technical institution;
(b) The applicant fill-in NACTE “Form for registration of technical institution”. Relevant documents as stipulated in the form must be attached;
(c) If the information submitted suffices the requirements, a team of experts referred to as physical verification team will visit the institutions to verify information supplied in the form;
(d) The verification team submits report to the relevant subject board with recommendation of the status of the institution and whether it should be granted registration;
(e) The subject board submits reports to the Council for decision;
(f) NACTE informs the applicant on the decision of the Council by official letter;
(g) If the recommendations are positive, NACTE will grants the registration certificate upon receiving registration fee.
The Council has established three categories of registration as follows:
Preparatory Registration: Granted to an institution that is in the process of being established or has no adequate resources to provide training sustainably. A technical institution granted this category of registration is not allowed to admit students.
Provisional Registration: Granted to institutions that either have deficiencies that they can redress in a short duration before they are considered for full registration or have just started to admit students, and have enough resourcesfor full or considerable part of the programme.
Full Registration: Granted to institutions that are fully operational and have acquired enough experience, human, physical and financial resources to ensure sustainability for running its programmes.
Institutions are required to process for accreditation within six months after being granted Full Registration and must be accredited within five years, otherwise their registration is withdrawn by the Council.
(A) Compliance with Accreditation Standards
The Accreditation Standards are statements that describe good practice in technical institutions. NACTE has established ten Accreditation Standards, which are, Institutional Vision and Mission, Governance and Administration, Institutional Integrity, Teaching and Supporting Staff, Institutional Effectiveness, Physical Resources, Educational Programmes, Student Support and Development, Information and Learning Resources and Financial Resources.
(B) Establishment of a Quality Assurance Systems
The institution is required to ensure that it has in place a Quality Control (QC) and Quality Assurance (QA) mechanism.
(C) Adoption of National Technical Awards
The institution is required to ensure that its training programmes lead to the National Technical Awards (NTA). Thus the institution is required to prepare competence based curricula which are developed following NACTE standards.
(D) Recognition of Department
The department which will offer a certain intended programme has to be recognized to ascertain its capacity to appropriately deliver an approved curriculum.
(E) Self Evaluation Study Guide Report for Institutions
As a step towards accreditation, the institution must submit a self study report which must include, among other things, a description of what the institution is doing, an assessment of how the institution is doing and an action plan to address issues raised in the appraisal exercise.
NACTE has three accreditation categories, namely:-
Candidacy accreditation:Granted to institution once it attain full registration award upon fulfillment of some NACTE Academic Qualification Standards. The Council initially grants accreditation candidacy status to applicants after being convinced that they are undertaking the necessary steps to reach demonstrable compliance with the accreditation standards of the Council.
Provisional Accreditation:granted to an institution which has not fulfilled all the stipulated requirements but which can be fulfilled within a specified time frame.
Full Accreditation:granted to institutions which have adequately met the above stipulated accreditation requirements.