Provider Accreditation (licensing) is the formal acknowledgement, issued by the Malta Further and Higher Education Authority (MFHEA), of the status, legitimacy, and appropriateness of an education institution.
According to the Subsidiary Legislation 607.03 on Licensing, Accreditation and Quality Assurance, all education institutions offering further or higher education in or from Malta require a licence issued by the MFHEA to operate. This means that the institution has met the stipulated standards and guidelines as established by the MFHEA.
The different categories of licences are: University, Higher Education Institution, Further Education Institution, Further Education Centre, and Tuition Centre. In order for an education institution to be apply for a licence in the categories mentioned above, the following is required:
New entities must submit an application for Provider Accreditation.
The follow is a summary of the criteria need:
Kindly provide us with a copy of the ID card or Passport.
Provide details about the Name of the Education Institution , Office Address/es; Training Site/s.
Attach a copy of certification proving that the entity is a Body Corporate registered as a company, a foundation, an association, or a voluntary organisation. If an applicant would like to apply through a foreign incorporated company within the EU, kindly provide us with a good standing certificate or certificate of incumbency. This is not a prerequisite for those applying under the category ‘Further Education Centre’ and ‘Tuition Centre’.
On the application form, the applicant is to specify the licence category being applied for. The category is determined according to the MQF/EQF level/s of the programmes intended to be offered.
The educational institution needs to nominate a legal representative. The person appointed shall be based in Malta and authorised to enter into legally binding agreements on behalf of the institution. The Head may also be appointed as the legal representative of the Education Institution if they are based in Malta. If the appointed legal person resides abroad, the applicant is requested to appoint a resident agent. A resident agent is a person who will be representing the legal person here in Malta. Any correspondence is communicated with this agent which communication is deemed as being with the legal person.
Within the application form, the applicant is to provide details about the type of provision being adopted and indicate if any third parties are involved in the delivery/provision of the programmes (example: for practical placement, online platform, and so on).
A CV of the Head is required together with a copy of the ID card or passport. Copies of the Head’s main qualifications which must be certified true copies signed by an advocate or a notary are to be provided. On the application form the applicant is to provide a generic profile which explains the requirements in terms of type and level of qualification/s and/or experience required to be appointed as the Head of Institution.
A list of programmes that are going to be provided through this licence is to be included on the application form. There are two kinds of programmes which can be provided: home-grown programmes that are accredited through MFHEA, or foreign accredited qualifications. If you are interested in creating home-grown courses, you can download the programme application from the following link: https://mfhea.mt/programme-accreditation/. In the case of foreign accredited qualifications which are not found on the OFQUAL register of regulated qualification/s, please attach a recognition statement which can be obtained from the following link: https://mfhea.mt/academic-qualifications/. Please note that in order to issue a licence, an applicant must obtain accreditation for at least one home-grown programme or have permission to provide at least one foreign accredited programme from the programme’s awarding body.
All non-EU country members of staff resident in Malta, including the Head of School, should have an Employment Licence issued by Jobsplus.
If at least one of the programmes is going to be taught fully online or blended, the following are to be provided: 1. Access to online platform and Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) both as a student and as a lecturer. 2. Any contractual agreement you may have with the hosts/owners of the online platform (if applicable). 3. Answer in detail the guidance questions regarding online provision which are found in section N of the application form. 4. At least one programme of studies offered through online / blended learning. Kindly refer to the below links for further information – Definitions of the Terms Used in Online Learning and GUIDELINES FOR QUALITY ASSURANCE – FOR ONLINE LEARNING PROVIDERS IN MALTA.
MFHEA may request additional documentation as deemed necessary.
A copy of the application form, together with the required documentation, is to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The current fee structure can be downloaded from the following link: Administrative Fee Structure for Accreditation and Licensing of Providers and Programmes – Malta Further & Higher Education Authority (mfhea.mt).
A Flowchart showing the process for new Provider Accreditation (License Application).
The process of Provider Accreditation (licensing) from the filing of the application to the conclusion of the process should take approximately 6 to 12 months depending on the quality of submission and the complexity of the application. If at any point in the application process, no feedback, requested documents, amendments or clarifications are provided by the providers for a period of three months, then the application will be considered null and void, and the applicant will need to re-submit a new application.
Flowchart A: The process for new Provider Accreditation (License Application)1:
1 This is not applicable for University Application.