Certification of schools FAQ

This page refers to Frequently asked questions related to Certification of schools and courses. Be aware, that following answers do not relate to our other certification services (lecturer certification or professional certification).

School administration frequently asked questions
Students frequently asked questions
Certificates general FAQ for current clients
School administration frequently asked questions
What is International Education Accreditation Society (INTEAS)?

International Education Accreditation Society (INTEAS or sometimes INTEAS) certifies teachers, professionals, different types of schools and rates quality of educational programs using internationally comparable scale. INTEAS is registered in Wilmington, the state of Delaware in the USA. As there is huge demand for our services we are opening local offices in Latin America and Euro-Asian region. The certification includes universities, colleges, faculties, higher vocational educational institutions, secondary educational institutions, elementary schools, language schools, educational agencies and the educational departments of commercial and non-commercial organizations.

What importance does the certification have for us?

You will enable your students to acquire an international certificate and thus improve their position on the labour market. You will rank among certified institutions, raise your international credit, keep ahead of your competitors and draw the public attention to the merits of your school.

What is INTEAS international certificate?

The international INTEAS certificate is a document which can be awarded only to a graduate from a certified school. As a standard, they are issued in English and can be translated into any other language if requested. We can provide as many different language copies as you want. The certificate contains the identification data of the holder, completed educational program, name and address of the school and a certification grade including the rating of the attended school. The certificate contains modern high security features as holograms, secure signature protections and other protective elements that make sure the certificate cannot be copied or falsified. We consider that we will start issuing two certificates – one in English and second in domestic/official language of the school for one price. Please ask us about this possibility in regards to your school.

Why is our document on completed education not sufficient for our students?

Because your document provides information about what the student has studied and his/her results, while an international INTEAS certificate provides information about the standards of your school. Your graduates will obtain complete information for their prospective employers, which may give them an advantage in comparison with other candidates for a particular position.

How is the certification process conducted?

The institution is always certified as a whole (in the case of universities, individual faculties are certified) and its educational programs (branches, specializations) are certified separately. It is usually not necessary to certify all faculties or educational programs. After signing the contract of partnership, the school will receive certification materials. These materials are specified on this website under the Certification of schools, courses and workshops (worldwide) link. The certification is conducted on the basis of written materials and photo documentation. After the end of the certification process, the certified institution will receive a written report with the rating awarded. The rating can change during the cooperation with INTEAS depending on regular/annual verification of the quality of the institution). The certification process takes approximately 3 months from the signature of the contract. The school needs 6-8 weeks out of this period for the preparation of materials and INTEAS will complete the certification within 1 month from receiving these documents.

How expensive is the certification of a school?

The prices are set to be acceptable even for small educational facilities. The current prices are specified on this website under the Commission policies link. We do not charge any fees for certification of educational programs (fields of study). The price includes record keeping costs and annual re-certification (updating certification = updating rating) costs as we understand every school or educational program evolves in time.

What promotion and information materials are distributed those certified?

Each certified institution will receive INTEAS logo, certification label and manual for presentation of the certification. They will receive a certificate of institution (A3 size), an INTEAS table flag, banner, a certification sign on the door of the headmaster’s office, and will choose one of the information boards (A1 size). The school can also order other promotion materials, e.g. a granite slab to be placed on the building, a roll-up or a flag pole.

When are the fees due?

After the partnership agreement has been signed – at the start of the certification process which does not take longer than one month at INTEAS side, but can last 1-2 months at school as it takes time to prepare the documentation necessary for certification. The length depends on materials requested from school and the size of school. Single courses are usually certified much sooner.

How are the fees charged?

All the fees are settled on the basis of a regular invoice. Payment conditions are completely negotiable. This is only standard framework: Administration fees are charged within the selected period (every three months, every six months or yearly). This depends on size of the institution. For large payments we request more frequent payments. So for example single course certification is paid annually but whole universities pay quarterly.

Who prints INTEAS certificates for the graduates?

The certificates are printed by INTEAS on the basis of the order from the certified institution. Certificates are sent in single package to the certified institution. The certificate cannot be ordered by the graduate himself/herself, the order must always be sent by the school, which guarantees the applicant’s graduation.

Who pays for the graduates certificates?

The certificates are often paid for by the graduates themselves, but some schools provide financial contributions for their students’ certificates through foundations, motivation programmes etc. Some schools establish funds in which the students save during their studies. Language schools and educational agencies usually include the cost of International INTEAS Certificate automatically in school or course fees.

How long does it take to receive ordered certificates?

We are able to provide the certificates even before the graduation. This depends on the flexibility of your institution. INTEAS makes out an invoice immediately after receiving an order. After payment of the invoice, certificates are sent off within 48 hours. Therefore we are able to provide the certificates even before the graduation.

How long is the certification valid for?

Certification is valid in the course of your cooperation with INTEAS. The rating of certified institutions is checked every year by an Actualization questionnaire. If the monitored data are without major fluctuations during the first 3 years, we change to a 2-year checking period.

Do International INTEAS certificates have international validity?

During the course of their existence, international INTEAS certificates have attained an important position. Although they do not replace recognition documents, according to their holders, the certificates are widely accepted on the labour market. The reason for their acceptance is that they are understandable worldwide, as they are issued in English and any other language – say in the official language of each country or language of student’s choice as students often go to study or search for work to third countries where different language may be preferred. The International INTEAS Certificates, are intended especially for representatives of the economic sphere. Every year we issue several thousands of these certificates. The certificates have come into the hands of employers in the USA, EU, and many other countries worldwide.

Can every student obtain the certificate?

Yes. The INTEAS condition for issuing a certificate is the completion of the applicant´s studies (as excellent school results are not the only qualifications for success in practice). Some schools give the certificate to their best students free of charge and pay it from their own funds (tuition, donations, etc.). It depends on the policy of the school as to what criteria it chooses for obtaining the certificate.

How can anybody understand your rating that would be given to our institution?

The certificate’s back page contains perfect key that allows anybody to understand the given rating.

Students frequently asked questions
How can I find out whether my school is certified?

The fastest way is to ask us in an email at info@inteas.org. Alternatively you can see our promotional materials at your school, such as the INTEAS granite slab, roll-up, banner or INTEAS flag pole.

What is International INTEAS Certificate?

The international INTEAS certificate is a document which can be awarded only to a graduate from a certified school. As a standard, they are issued in English and can be issued in any other language of choice. The certificate contains the identification data of the holder, completed educational program, name and address of the school and a certification grade including the rating of the attended school. The certificate contains necessary protective elements. A specimen can be emailed upon request.

What is INTEAS certificate good for?

If you enclose it to your school report or diploma and show it to the employer or to somebody at a higher type of school, you will significantly increase your chances of getting the job as employer will know how good school you did finish.

Where can I use INTEAS certificate?

If you enclose it to your school report or diploma and show it to the employer or to somebody at a higher type of school, you will significantly increase your chances of getting the job as employer will know how good school you did finish.

How long is the certificate valid?

The validity of the certificate is not limited, so it can be also used in 5, 10 or more years’ time. The certificate can serve you well for the whole of your productive age.

What does INTEAS certificate look like? What does it contain?

There is the name and date of birth of the holder, names of the school and of the completed study program. Very important information is the rating, which is in fact a mark given to the certified school by INTEAS. The certificate is printed on a security paper. It contains several protective elements as a hologram, seal, watermark, signature protection and is inserted in a hard polished cover.

What is the fee for INTEAS certificate?

The price of the certificate varies due to the size of school. Please contact us to get information or ask INTEAS coordinator at your school.

What are the conditions for obtaining the certificate?

The conditions are set by the school management. At some institutions it is awarded only to the best students, in others it can be given to any student who is interested. For INTEAS, the only condition is the successful completion of the studied course. INTEAS does not conduct any examinations.

How and where can I order the certificate?

The certificate cannot be ordered directly from INTEAS, it must be always ordered through the school or any educational facility that provided the course. It is possible to order the certificate even long time after finishing your studies.

Am I going to receive the certificate in English?

You will receive it in English. We can send you translated certificate in any other language. We consider that we will start issuing two certificates – one in English and second in domestic/official language of the school for one price. Please ask us about this possibility in regards to your school.

I did not manage to order the certificate in time. What should I do?

You will have to contact your school and ask for the certificate. The school will order it from INTEAS and have it sent directly to your address, or the school will send it to you or ask you to collect it at the school.

Certificates general FAQ for current clients
INTEAS certificates
  1. How to order certificates for our students? Send us the order form (if you do not have it, please ask for it at info@inteas.org). After receiving the filled in order form from you, we will send you the invoice in return. After we receive the payment for the certificates, we will send you ordered certificates within 48 hours.
  2. We have already ordered the certificates, when are we going to receive them? We send certificates after paying the invoice. So please calculate also time the banks need for payment transfers. We send them off within 48 hours or earlier, if we agree on it.
  3. We want to receive the certificates very quickly We send certificates from our local offices from various places in the world (USA and currently Europe) via fast mail, which usually takes 1-3 working days to deliver. We can also send the certificates via DHL (guaranteed delivery term is the second day after sending them off at the latest), but we invoice postal charges.
  4. Is it possible to issue the certificates for our students additionally? Yes, it is. We can issue certificates backwards up to the date when your institution was certified.
  5. We received a certificate with wrong data A wrongly issued certificate must be sent back to be shredded. If the mistake occurred on your side, we will invoice you the correction of the newly issued certificate. If the mistake occurred on our side, we will issue it and mail it free of charge.
Certification of new programmes
  1. We would like to have a new programme certified, what shall we do? You need to fill in a new form for the programme including list of teachers, and add the name of the programme, the number of granted lessons and the syllabus. All this needs to be sent by e-mail to info@inteas.org. After receiving all materials from you, we will send you a message whether or not everything has been sent all right.
  2. How long does the certification of a new programme lasts? The certification of a new programme lasts approximately two weeks, it can also be done in a shorter time depending on our agreement and current conditions.
Changes happening at your school
  1. Our school has changed its name, what is going to happen? We will prepare a new contract of cooperation with the updated data and issue a new certificate of the institution (to be invoiced).
  2. Our school has merged with another one, what is going to happen?We will prepare a new contract of cooperation with the updated data. It is also necessary to fill in the Actualization Questionnaire so that we are able to verify the current rating. Then a new certificate of the institution is issued (to be invoiced).
Certification Grade (the rating of a school/course): We would like to increase our rating, what shall we do?

You should send us all data and background papers to give your reasons for the change of your current rating, perhaps even the accomplishment of recommendations stated in the Expert Commission’s Statement. The assessment of your request to increase the current rating is paid for (see the overview of the fees and charges in the contract of cooperation). The current rating can also be changed on the basis of annual re-certification.

Payments and taxes
  1. We have received a reminder that we have not paid an invoice yet, but we have not received it at all Please check your spam folder first, if you still cannot find the invoice from us, it is no problem to issue an invoice copy. We can send it immediately by e-mail or post.
  2. Do we need to pay the invoices in USD ? (we don’t have the international currency account) You don’t need to have an international account to pay in USD, you can just ask you bank for a money transfer from the national currency into USD.
  3. Is there a VAT or any other tax payment? No. There is no VAT in the USA. There is also no sales tax in the state of Delaware. What you see at our commission policies page is what are going to pay (additional fees may apply in regards to postage and bank transfer fees).

This no VAT and no sales tax policy saves a lot of money to our clients that were previously certified by certification authorities located within the territory of the European Union. The only tax we impose is gross receipts tax which is 2.0736 % on certificates sold to companies with legal location within the state of Delaware, USA. If your company is located in any other US state or in other countries, you are not going to pay it.