This page is some extracts from the guidance handbook (available on the members’ area of the site). It explains the various steps of the assessment process and what support is available to applicants.

The assessment process involves a series of steps over a period of three to four months.There is a more detailed step-by-step description of the process in the guidance handbook; this is a summary of the main points:

Step 1

Check the dates which are advertised in the IEDP Newsletter and on our website, make sure your IEDP membership is up-to-date and identify the source of funding for the fee.

Step 2

If you are interested, send in an Expression of Interest form to the IEDP office by the advertised date. The IEDP will then allocate you a mentor for advice and support. This will be a Registered Member, so it will be someone who has successfully achieved Professional Registration.

Step 3

Read all the documents in the assessment package available in the members’ area of the website. Decide which level you are applying for, with advice from your mentor, and plan the timescale.

Step 4

Confirm your application with the IEDP and supply the fee or agree the arrangements for its payment by your employer

Step 5

Start collecting your evidence and drafting the submission document, especially any evidence that involves other people, such as feedback from third parties.

Step 6

The test will be sent out by e-mail on an agreed date, and you will have ten days to complete it. During this time you can research any points you feel unsure about, but please ensure that you complete the test in your own words.

Step 7

Send back the completed test electronically to the agreed address

Step 8

Have a go at filling in your submission document for one or two pieces of evidence and send it to your mentor who will check you are completing it correctly. Having taken on board their feedback, complete a separate submission form for each piece of evidence.

Step 9

Complete your portfolio of evidence, which must include:

  • All pieces of evidence
  • Submission documents for each piece of evidence
  • CPD record for the last three years
  • The names and contact details of two referees who may be contacted to verify the integrity of the sample

Send the portfolio in hard copy to the IEDP office in time to meet the agreed deadline.

Step 10

The assessment panel will meet to look at your evidence and consider your application

Step 11

You will receive individual feedback from the assessment panel

All evidence will be treated in strict confidence and not placed in the public domain. Evidence may be anonymised, if the applicant prefers, in order to eliminate any potential bias. All evidence will be returned to the applicant afterwards. Provision will be made for full accessibility to the process through the use of different formats.

Documents required from the applicant

The following documents are required to be available to the assessment panel in hard copy:

  • Summary of evidence submitted
  • Submission document for each piece of evidence
  • Portfolio of supporting evidence (hard copy where possible, otherwise on CD or memory stick)
  • Record of Continuing Professional Development

Assessment panel

Assessment will be carried out by a panel which will normally consist of:

  • a panel coordinator who is a member of the IEDP Board
  • Registered Members of the Institute
  • one equality officer from a medium/large employer
  • one academic from higher education

A validator is also often present.

During the meeting the panel will look carefully at the submission documents, the portfolio of evidence, the CPD record and the test. Where further evidence or corroboration is required feedback may be sought from third parties.

The panel will meet approximately quarterly and the calendar of essential dates will be posted on the Institute website as well as in the newsletter.

Applicants will receive the panel’s response and feedback within one month of the meeting of the panel.

Validation and appeals

A validator has been identified who

  • is not a member of the panel or board
  • will sample the work of the panel in order to provide assurance that the panel correctly assesses the evidence against the standards and allocates appropriate levels of membership.

The Board will establish a sub-committee, separate from the panel, to consider any appeals.


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