The step-by-step guide below sets out clearly what you have to do to gain Type I accreditation. Please email us if you are still unsure of what is required after reading this guidance or need further information.
If no, use the Self Assessment Guidance to identify what is missing and what you need to do to be ready for accreditation. If you are still unsure of what you need to do please contact the SNSIAP Auditor.
Do not send the completed Self Assessment and Application Form to us until Step 7.
Applying for accreditation
Step 4 - apply for accreditation
When you are satisfied that you are ready for Type I Accreditation you should email the Scottish Government to lodge your interest in applying for Accreditation. Your email must include:
Name of your organisation.
Main contact details.
The topic(s) of advice you wish to be accredited in, i.e. housing and/or welfare benefits and/or money and debt.
Confirmation that you have completed the Self Assessment and Application Form.
Step 5 - Scottish Government forwards your application email to us
We are administering the SNSIAP for the Scottish Government.
Step 6 - Date for audit visit and forms
Our Auditor will contact your agency as soon as possible after receiving the information from the Scottish Government and:
Agree a date for an audit visit to take place.
Confirm what information you must provide and when.
Send you a New User Form for Sharefile to be signed and returned to us.
Check that you have signed the Data Sharing Agreement and ask you to send it to us.
Send you a Type I audit declaration.
Send you a Core Competencies verification.
Step 7 - send your forms to us
You should submit your SNSIAP Self Assessment and Application Form (and all supporting documents) on Sharefile to the auditor a minimum of five weeks before the audit visit takes place.
Step 8 - audit visit
The audit visit takes place - you can find out what you can expect from it here.
Step 9 - draft audit report sent to you
You will be made aware of the outcome of the Audit and the Auditor will forward you a copy of the draft Audit Report, where you have provided all further information requested by the auditor as per agreed timescales.
You are expected to consider the draft report and where you have any comments these can be discussed with the Auditor before the report is finalised (two weeks maximum).
Any changes to the report must be supported by evidence from the agency and agreed by the Auditor.
What happens next?
Step 10 - final report sent to the Scottish Government
We will send the finalised report to the Scottish Government with a recommendation regarding accreditation.
Step 11 - outcome
The Scottish Government will inform you of the outcome of your application for accreditation.
What happens if I don’t pass the Audit?
Your agency will be given 12 months to implement the recommendations made in your audit report and you will be audited again by a desktop review. Please email AdviceAudit@slab.org.uk if you have any questions about this.