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What is registration?

Registration is a mandatory process, established by the Laws of Antigua and Barbuda, whereby tertiary education and training institutions demonstrate they have the capacity to offer quality education in Antigua and Barbuda.

Which institutions are required to register?

All institutions offering education and training in Antigua and Barbuda that lead to the award of tertiary level qualifications.These institutions should be registered before they begin to offer these qualifications.

Why is registration mandatory?

Mandatory registration provides a legal framework for protecting the interests of students, parents and other stakeholders in the tertiary education sector. Institutions that fail to register with ABNAB are guilty of an offence.

What are the areas that are evaluated in the registration process?

ABNAB looks at nine (9) areas during the registration process:
          1. Mission and Governance
          2. Admission Policies
          3. Educational Programs
          4. Staffing and Professional Development
          5. Student Support Services
          6. Learning and Information Systems
          7. Finances
          8. Physical Plant
          9. Institutional Plans

What is the difference between registration and accreditation?

Registration signifies that that the tertiary educational institution has met or exceeded the minimum standards to operate in Antigua and Barbuda.

Registration is mandatory.

Accreditation on the other hand is voluntary , and signifies that an institution has undergone the rigors of self-studies based on standards of an accrediting agency, undertaken peer review, including site visits and team reports, and has had a judgment by an accrediting agency through its commission or board, and has been awarded the status of accredited. In addition, accreditation signifies that the institution has committed itself to periodic review to maintain its accredited status. Accreditation is therefore both a status and process.