The IMA offers 2 levels of accreditation: Gold and Silver. Both levels of accreditation indicate a program with good program results, effective design, and commendable implementation. Indeed, no program can attain accreditation without showing strong positive results.
The accreditation program review process is the same for both levels of accreditation, with the addition of program leadership and participant interviews for Gold accreditation.
See the Accreditation Process page for the review process and accreditation application documents.
Mentoring programs with Gold Accreditation status are well implemented, sustainable, and successful at accomplishing mentoring goals and objectives. The design of these programs closely aligns with IMA program standards. Programs with Gold Accreditation status are adequately supported and managed. They have clear goals and objectives, and they have clear processes for monitoring mentoring relationships and evaluating mentee growth. Although Gold accredited programs continuously seek areas for improvement, they can serve as models for other programs.
To attain Gold Accreditation, a program must score at least 96 points through the program documentation review and application interviews. Gold Accreditation shall remain in effect for three years from the date of approval. Should the accreditation team recommend Gold Accreditation, the cost will be $5,500, of which part is covered by the application fee.
Mentoring programs with Silver Accreditation status are well implemented, sustainable, and successful at accomplishing mentoring goals and objectives. Although the program design may differ with some components of the IMA program standards, the overall design addresses the content and spirit of the IMA standards. Silver accredited programs have evidence of success, although they may benefit from the improvement or development of specific program components.
To attain Silver Accreditation, a program must score at least 85 points through the program documentation review. Silver Accreditation shall remain in effect for one year from the date of approval. Should the accreditation team recommend Silver Accreditation, the cost will be $2,000, which is covered by the application fee.