Investment

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FLC accredits program(s) offered by language centers (including corporate training companies). We define “center” as a single site with a local team of management and administrative staff. “1st center” is the first branch that applies for FLC Accreditation. Other branches are defined as “subsequent centers”. In each center, there can be multiple programs. “Program” is defined as a provision of ELT that has specific learning objectives, is designed for certain target learners, and has a particular delivery format. Examples of programs include: English for young learners, business English, IELTS/TOFEL courses and so forth. The provider can apply for accreditation for one or more programs within a center, but the investment will still be on a center basis.

 

An Overview of Investment

Investment

Note: Excluding inspectors’ travelling costs. All costs are in US Dollars.

 

Investment Structure

The investment for FLC Accreditation consists of four parts:

  1. Initial assessment
  2. Site inspection
  3. Inspectors’ travelling
  4. Award of accreditation

The investment for FLC Accreditation varies according to the size of the center and includes five categories:

  1. 200 students or less
  2. 201 students to 500 students
  3. 501 to 1000 students
  4. 1001 to 1500 students
  5. 1501 students or above

Subsequent centers that belong to the same organization applying for accreditation receive a reduced rate of application and accreditation fees.

20% discount is available for countries with a gross national income below US$15,000 per capita. To check eligibility, click here. This discount is not applicable to inspectors’ travelling costs.

 

Explanation of the Four Parts of Investment

1. Initial Assessment

When the provider submits the application for FLC Accreditation, there is an initial assessment fee of $350. This is a fixed fee regardless of the size of the center. This fee is non-refundable. The application fee for subsequent centers is $200.

20% discount of the initial assessment fee applies to the countries with a gross national income below $15,000 per capita. To check eligibility, click here.

2. Site Inspection

Site inspection is charged at a daily rate of $500. The inspection is normally carried out by two inspectors. The length of the inspection is determined by the size of the center. For a center of 500 students or below, the inspection will typically last one day. For a center of 501 to 1000 students, the inspection will last a day and half to two days. For a center of 1001 to 1500 students, the inspection will normally last two to three days. For a center of 1501 students or above, the inspection will usually last three to four days.

The daily rate of site inspection is the same for all centers. The exact days required for inspection will be proposed to the provider after receiving the completed application forms.

20% discount of the total inspection costs applies to the countries with a gross national income below $15,000 per capita. To check eligibility, click here.

 

3. Inspectors’ Travelling

The expenses of inspectors’ travelling to the site will be paid by the provider. Expenses include two inspectors’ flights, accommodation, meals and local transportation. An estimated amount for travelling expenses will be proposed to the provider upon receiving the completed application forms.

To keep the travelling costs low, FLC will try to arrange the site inspection for multiple centers (in the same city or country) in one visit.

Country discount does not apply to inspectors’ travelling expenses.

 

4. Award of Accreditation

Upon the award of the accreditation, the provider will pay an annual accreditation fee. For a center of 200 students or below, the fee is $500 per annum. For a center of 201 to 500 students, the fee is $800. For a center of 501 to 1000 students, the fee is $1,000. For a center of 1001 to1500 students, the fee is $1,200. For a center of 1501 students and above, the fee is $1,500 annually. Subsequent centers receive a reduced rate of $200, $320, $400, $480, and $600 respectively.

20% discount of the award of accreditation applies to the countries with a gross national income below $15,000 per capita. To check eligibility, click here.

FLC reserves the right to modify the accreditation fee schedule.

 
For examples of investment and payment details, please refer to Accreditation Investment.

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