Becoming a LITA Training Partner

An organization, wishing to become an ATO, may apply to any approved Exam Institutes (EI). ATOs may choose to become accredited with more than one EI. Each EI may have specific requirements for accrediting training organizations which the ATO will need to adhere to.

Each EI will:

  • have a formal application process;
  • have processes for the ongoing management and maintenance of the accredited status;recognize and transition ATOs previously accredited to teach Foundation level courses leading to examinations accredited by APMG International and EXIN across to those within the Lean IT Association Scheme.

Minimum requirements for ATOs

The organization will need to provide documented evidence to the EI that they can satisfy a set criteria which includes, but is not limited to the following:

  • an organization management structure, governance structure, legal status and financial viability;
  • an organization quality control system including management review, internal audit, appeals and complaints procedures;
  • a course quality control system including any delegate acceptance criteria (including candidate identification checks where required);
  • a course enrolment system and pre-course processing information;
  • logistical organization systems and procedures;
  • a document control system;
  • an administration staff training and appraisal system;
  • submit names of proposed Trainers (who will need to meet the acceptance criteria set by the EI); and
  • a full set of training material which covers the product syllabus for the module for which they are seeking accreditation.

Minimum Requirements for course delivery

In order for a course to be deemed accredited it must:

  • be provided by an ATO;
  • use accredited courseware (virtual, classroom or eLearning) of the ATO;
  • be delivered by an Accredited Trainer;
  • be held in an appropriate venue (classroom courses); and
  • meet the Accreditation Scheme criteria for delegate class size and trainer/delegate ratios (where these exist).

Minimum Requirements for conducting exams

ATOs conducting exams must:

  • order exams through their accrediting EIs;
  • ensure that there is a suitably qualified invigilator/proctor;
  • ensure that the room is set up appropriately to act as an exam center;
  • comply with the requirements of the EI including but not limited to:
    – delivery, circulation, collation and return of exam papers and other related exam materials
    – timing and duration.

Minimum requirements for Accredited Trainers

In order to be accredited as a Trainer or Associate Trainer, each applicant must:

  • be associated with an ATO (in the case of an Associate Trainer a minimum of two ATOs);
  • hold the Lean IT Association Certification in the subject they intend to train with a minimum of 75% pass mark and meet other criteria as specified by the EI.

All new trainers will be assessed by the EI related to their delivery of the training course using the specific training materials of the ATO.

For trainers accredited by APMG International and EXIN before 1 March 2015, there is a transition arrangement. These trainers will continue to be approved for their valid period of accreditation. After this period, the trainers will be re-accredited according to the current accreditation rules.

ATOs rules and responsibilities

If an organization meets all requirements above and is accredited as an ATO, it may:

  • run a schedule of duly accredited training courses leading to a Lean IT Association qualification
    reproduce the text and diagrams from the core publications to supplement their approved training material under appropriate license from the Lean IT Association;
  • order examinations from their approved EI in accordance with the guidance issued to them for delivery after the completion of an accredited training course. An ATO may only order exams from their accrediting EI, for candidates on one of their accredited courses;
  • order examinations on behalf of their Affiliates. An Affiliate may not order exams directly from an EI; examinations are always procured and delivered through the ATO;
  • confirm to the EI they have approved an organization as an Affiliate to support their marketing and delivery activities; and
  • use agreed logos and statements to promote themselves as an accredited body under this Accreditation Scheme for specific products.

An ATO is not permitted to:

  • claim their accreditation is beyond the scope as awarded by their EI;
  • significantly amend or change their approved QMS without first having this reviewed and signed off by their awarding EI;
  • act in any manner which would bring the market, their EI and / or Lean IT Association into disrepute;
  • create their own or amend the official syllabus;
  • create their own, retain or amend the official examination papers issued to them by their EI;
  • act in any manner that contravenes their contract with their EI;
  • reproduce core material of any commercial product for resale or redistribution;
  • reproduce core material for any non-commercial use without the express written approval of the Lean IT Association;
  • offer examination services (including ordering examinations) for anyone other than themselves or their Affiliates;
  • take over responsibilities from an EI, including but not limited to:
    – creation of exam papers based upon the central database provided by the Lean IT Association;
    – accreditation of training organizations;
    – marking of exam papers or provision of results of any kind;
    – selling examinations to candidates directly, independently of the delivery of an accredited training service.

Affiliates rules and responsibilities

Under this Accreditation Scheme, Affiliates must:

  • use training material provided by their ATO, as approved by their EI;
  • clearly state in advertisements that they are an Affiliate of the ATO who holds the accreditation;
  • market courses in the name of the ATO (e.g. as delivered by the ATO or by stating the course is run in association with the ATO);
  • work in accordance with the QMS of the ATO, which has been approved by the EI. In cases where they do not use this, then their QMS must be approved by the EI (who will confirm the consistency of the ATO approach – or detail how any inconsistencies are being dealt with);
  • put forward all trainers working on behalf of the Affiliate for assessment by the EI which has accredited the ATO as if they were trainers working for the ATO;
  • make themselves available for audit including spot checks by the EI, in the same way that the ATO would be;
  • Affiliates must only use the “Affiliate” mark and must not use the “Accredited by” (EI);
    mark which is for use by ATOs only;
  • work within the limitations of the scheme as described by the ATO and in all other ways as determined by this brochure and the contract between the ATO and their EI;
  • adhere to all Lean IT Association guidance regarding the correct use of IP and Trade Marks. The Affiliate’s ATO is responsible for ensuring that the Affiliate complies with these guidelines;
  • only order examinations through the ATO that they are affiliated with.

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