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Fees for assessment and accreditation services

SACIC accreditation and assessment involves a number of fees for centres, which may be charged on a one-off basis, or periodically. This table lists the different fees and their payment schedules.

Ordinary fees

Accreditation

Purpose

Payment schedule

Description and observations

2020 fee

Opening an accreditation dossier

Once, to apply for accreditation

This service opens the centre’s dossier and verifies that the applicant centre complies with the minimum prerequisites for accreditation.

This service is always carried out at the Instituto Cervantes headquarters, and requires the issuance of Technical-academic reports.

It is paid for only when applying to begin the accreditation process.

€450

Annual accreditation fee

Annual

Accreditation service leading to benefits associated with accreditation: recognition as an Instituto Cervantes Accredited Centre, use of the logo associated with that name, access to international promotion as an Instituto Cervantes Accredited Centre, and fostering of good practices and ongoing improvement.

This requires payment of an annual fee for the duration of accreditation, and is regulated by the accreditation agreement.

€1,900

Assessment

Purpose

Payment schedule

Description and observations

2020 fee

Assessment for a Technical-academic report

(Model 1 assessment)

Every six years, as of the initial assessment for accreditation

Assessment service that requires a visit to the centre being assessed, and that leads to the issuance of a Technical-academic report by the assessment entity engaged.

This assessment, corresponding to SACIC’s Model 1 assessment, is required for the initial accreditation and for the second renewal of the accreditation agreement.

The assessment fee does not include the assessor’s travel, accommodation and per diem expenses during the assessment visit.

€1,850

Assessment for a Ratification report

(Model 2 assessment)

Every six years, as of the assessment for the first renewal of accreditation (after three years)

Assessment service that leads to a Ratification report on the previous report, and which does not require a visit to the centre being assessed.

This assessment, corresponding to SACIC’s Model 2 assessment, is required for the first and third renewals of the accreditation agreement.

€1,280

Please note, therefore, that in the first year of accreditation, the investment will include fees relating to “opening an accreditation dossier”, “assessment for a Technical-academic report”, and, if accreditation is obtained, the “annual accreditation fee”, which will be prorated. (For example, if the centre is awarded recognition as an Instituto Cervantes Accredited Centre on 1 September, it will only have to pay the proportional share, i.e. 33% of the annual accreditation fee.) Thereafter, every three years the appropriate assessment fee—Model 1 or Model 2—will be added to the annual fee. The following table shows an outline of the fees to be paid by centres in the framework of a 12-year accreditation agreement.

Before accreditation

  Opening a dossier    +    Assesment (Technical-academic report) 

For the duration of accreditation

First accreditation agreement

1st year

Annual accreditation fee (or prorated fee, depending on the month in which the centre becomes an accredited centre).

2nd year

Accreditation fee.

3rd year

Accreditation fee.

Assessment (Ratification report for the 1st renewal of the accreditation)

1st renewal of the accreditation agreement

4th year

Accreditation fee.

5th year

Accreditation fee.

6th year

Accreditation fee.

Assessment (Technical-academic report)

2nd renewal of the accreditation agreement

7th year

Accreditation fee.

8th year

Accreditation fee.

9th year

Accreditation fee.

Assessment (Ratification report for the 3rd renewal of the accreditation)

3rd renewal of the accreditation agreement

10th year

Accreditation fee.

11st year

Accreditation fee.

12nd year

Accreditation fee.

Extraordinary fees

SACIC envisages additional fees for non-mandatory services in the accreditation framework which may arise in the following situations:

  • Before beginning the accreditation process, the centre may request pre-assessment services to perform a self-assessment and determine its starting point as regards preparing for and formally requesting accreditation.
  • If the centre fails to obtain accreditation, it may apply for a review of the negative report, if it is eligible.
  • In the event that the centre moves to new facilities, it must request an assessment visit to verify that the new facilities comply with accreditation criteria.

Purpose

Description and observations

2020 fee

Pre-assessment of centres
(optional service)

Service to prepare for accreditation assessment. This includes a visit to the centre by the assessment entity engaged, a meeting with the centre’s management, analysis of the documents to be prepared and submitted for assessment, and a brief report with recommendations regarding areas in which the centre must improve to obtain accreditation.

This service is optional, i.e. a candidate centre for initial accreditation may directly apply for a technical-academic report to be issued by its assessment entity of choice, without requesting the pre-assessment service.

€1,350

Review of an unfavourable report

Assessment service for centres requesting the review of an unfavourable report. This service is only available to those centres whose score meets the threshold for review.

If the review of the report requires a visit to the centre, the fee does not include the assessor’s travel, accommodation and per diem expenses during the assessment visit.

€700

Assessment of new facilities

Service for the assessment of new facilities to which a centre has moved, and which are not those assessed in the previous technical-academic report and named in the accreditation agreement. This includes a visit to the centre to verify that the new facilities are up to standard, and to analyse the legal and safety documentation.

The fee does not include the assessor’s travel, accommodation and per diem expenses during the assessment visit.

€650

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