International Accreditation For Bible Institutes
The International Accreditation for Bible Institutes provides reasonable and affordable accreditation for your Bible College or Theological Seminary. We are a membership-based association. However, we do not infringe upon your right to operate your school in the way and manner that the Lord leads you.
All of our members are required to accept the credits, diplomas and degrees issued by all other member schools. This means that a student who earns their Bachelors degree from your school and transfers to another member school is recognized as having completed the requirements for a Bachelors degree. Therefore, the student will not be required to take addition all courses in order to obtain their Bachelors degree from the school they are transferring to.
The International Accreditation for Bible Institutes encourages all who operate a private, Christian, Bible College or Theological Seminaries to become members of IABI. There is strength in numbers, and we seek to honour God our Father in all we do
Accrediting Christian Colleges & Seminaries for Global Transformation
The International Accreditation for Bible Institutes is one of the largest growing non-government accrediting groups in the world. IABI is a non-profit association of independent Christian colleges and seminaries committed to academic excellence, intellectual freedom, ethical conduct, and moral integrity. IABI was chartered as a help establish, support, maintain, and promote the development of non-traditional, modular, and private tutoring/mentoring methods on-campus, and audio/video-taped, on-line, and other distance learning methods off-campus. We foster flexible, experimental, innovative, personalized learning alternatives, as well as traditional post-secondary and graduate-level educational modalities. Our affiliated schools offer degrees which are absolutely legitimate, totally honourable, widely respected, and generally accepted within the Christian community.
Statement of Faith
The International Accreditation for Bible Institutes subscribes to the following Statement of Faith :
- We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
2. We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
3. We believe in the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in his ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
4. We believe that for salvation of lost and sinful people, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
5. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
6. We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
7. We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
8. We believe in the new testament Ministry and new creation life of a born again believer in Christ
How Does The Accreditation Membership Works
Accreditation has a number of components that relate to each other as the process unfolds.
IABI standards are established the Board of Directors in consultation with representatives of institutional members. These standards provide the basis for consistent reviews across many sizes and types of institutions.
IABI schools petition and volunteer to participate in the accreditation process. As a first step, institutions develop a self-study process involving administration, faculty, and students that results in a self-study document. The document compares institutional practices against IABI standards and the goals and objectives of the school. It identifies strengths, areas for improvement, and aspirations for future development.
IABI does not need to send evaluators to your campus site to see , we believe that the work of the ministry can be done in any conducive environment, though we encourage a good learning environment, we are not limited by it to advance the vision of spreading the gospel of Christ by material buildings.
The Commission on Accreditation reviews the institution’s self-study, the IABI Evaluator’s Report, and any additional responses from the school under review. The Commission renders a decision about accreditation status based on published IABI standards and guidelines. It communicates with the institution until the accreditation review is completed
Results concerning accredited status of all member schools are published in the IABI Directory. In addition, the formal Report of the IABI Commission on Accreditation is made available on the website within thirty days after each of the Commission’s meetings.
IABI schools which hold official status are obligated to produce and forward an annual report, file for approval of new curricula or substantive changes, and comply with all the Association’s standards and guidelines. IABI schools must agree to accept the credits and degrees issued by all other member schools of the Association.
- School official submits “Membership Application and Institutional Profile” along with the $20 annual fee.
2. If school is approved for membership, a Membership certificate is issued which is valid for one year. And can be renewed annually
3. Member schools will maintain that status so long as their annual reports are current and their annual fees are paid.
4. Schools which are not approved for membership will receive a full refund of their annual fee.
5. Member schools only may apply as a “Candidate for Accreditation” by submitting the official form and IABI will issue a “Candidate for Accreditation” certificate which will be valid for six months.
6. The school will schedule an on-site visit by the team of evaluators from AICCS within the 6-month period while this Candidate certificate is valid. We do this because we see it most honourable to hand over the certificate in person, on this adjustments can be done, if your school can not meet the financial obligations
7. The school must pay the $50 accreditation fee when it schedules the on-site visit by the IABI evaluation team.
8. The candidate school can pay the round-trip travel before the on-site visit. Overnight lodging and meal expenses for the 2-day visit by the accreditation team from IABI must be paid within 30 days of the completion of the on-site visit. If you can not afford that you can contact the administration for further information
9.An “Accredited Member” certificate will be issued to the school, after the payment is done
10. Annual fees are paid and annual reports are submitted; “Accredited Member” certificates will be issued each year, with the expiration date prominently noted. An IABI -accredited school must schedule an on-site evaluation visit and be re-certified