The Associate-degree (Ad) is a European Qualifications Framework (EQF) level 5 and is offered and accredited since 1 January 2018 as a stand-alone programme.
Existing Ads can be assessed during the visitation process of the bachelor: NVAO then provides separate decisions for the Ad and for the bachelor.
New Ad-programmes can be assessed in accordance with the procedure for initial accreditation, on the basis of the framework 2016 (see Frameworks/documents). At the same time institutions can submit an application for macro efficieny of higher education to CDHO. The risk of a negative efficiency advice while the NVAO-procedure runs (with the associated cost) remains.
The Assessment Framework for the Higher Education Accreditation System of the Netherlands 2016 (see Frameworks/documents). There is a transitional arrangement until 1 May 2018.
The accreditation term a initial accreditation assessment takes up to six years. NVAO may decide to issue a positive decision "under conditions" of up to two years.
NVAO handles applications for new Ad-programmes within six months and for existing Ad-programmes within three months. Upon receipt of the draft decision by NVAO, the institution may appeal (see below).
The main documents are presented on the right side of this page.
In 2018 the rate for the assessment of an existing Associate-degreeprogramme is 800 euros. For new Associate-degreeprogrammes the rate is 18,200 euros.
Different rates apply to different procedures. The cost for foreign visits or the use of external experts, advice or additional requirements are additional invoiced. There is a rest rate if the request for a new institutional audit is hereby repealed.
NVAO Contact: Henri Ponds, policy advisor Department The Netherlands