Certificering (AODE)2018-08-28T19:37:36+00:00

ACCREDITATIE ORGANISATIE voor de DIGITALE ECONOMIE (AODE)

Welcome to AODE, the Accreditation Organisation for the Digital Economy.

“AODE is founded as a Quality Assurance body to define and ensure high quality standards for organisations and individuals who want to deliver its technologies, services and knowledge to Business in our current Digital Economy.”

ABOUT AODE
Online Retail, Big Data Analysis, Expert Systems, Digital Marketing etc. are all relatively young areas of expertise, but nevertheless essential for organisations to be leading and competitive. Obviously, companies are in need of such expertise, but want to be sure about the quality and standards when hiring new staff, choose for educational programs, engange with technology and service providers or consultants that claim expertise related to our current digital economy.

AODE is founded as a Quality Assurance body that assesses and accredits companies, educational programs and certifies individual experts that claim expertise in the digital economy. AODE is governed by its Board of Commissioners.

AODE assessment criteria cover:

  • Academic Rigor
  • Legal Affairs and Transparency
  • Industry Relevance
  • Cutting Edge Technologies
  • High level and up to date knowledge and expertise

ACCREDITATION OR CERTIFICATION
Organisations can ask advice on accreditation status of companies, educational programs and individual experts/consultants through The Maastricht Leadership Academy (TMLA).

Companies (e.g. technology and service providers) and Educational Institutes can apply through AODE to become an accredited member.
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Experts/consultants can apply through AODE to become an AODE certified consultant.
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Please browse our website for more information, and feel free to contact us on aode@tmla.nl

If you deliver services, technologies, expertise, education or the contribution of any kind to society, it is important that high quality standards are met.

Especially in our relatively young digital economy, a quality ensurance system is needed for companies to rely on the providers that have such high impact to their business. AODE has therefore, in cooperation with the leading “digital” organisations, experts and academia developed and defined a Quality Matrix to assess such services.

AODE assessment criteria cover:

  • Academic Rigor
  • Legal Affairs and Transparency
  • Industry Relevance
  • Cutting Edge Technologies

During the accreditation process, these criteria are fundamental to see if an individual, company or educational institute meets the up to date demands. This is particlarly important given the rapid speed with which these demands constantly change. Think of constant changing Law and Legislation (e.g. privacy, data protection), available research, technologies, digital marketing trends and so on.

Based on the nature of activities of the applicant for accedritation, AODE forms an assessment committee providing the relevant expertise for this needed evaluation. Applicants therefore greatly appreciate the feedback, helping them to be self-critical and continuously improve their operations and relevance.

Application Proces for Accreditation (for companies)

Companies and Educational Institutes that offer services, technologies or educational programs related to the Digital Economy can apply for accreditation by AODE.
Members that gain Accredited status are allowed to use the AODE accredited logo in their communication.

Phase 1
The procedure for application starts with filling a preliminary application form. AODE will contact you within 10 working days after submitting this form.

Phase 2
If eligible for application a 2 months preparation phase starts, during which the applicant will write a (approximately 12 page) self assessment report based on the AODE format. After submitting this report an assessment team appointed by AODE will evaluate the report. The outcome of this assessment results in:

  1. Immediate Eligibility for assessment, after which the assessment team will visit the applicant for a one or two days final assessment.
  2. Constructive feedback and comments for the applicant for revision of the report within 3 further weeks after which the assessment team will visit the applicant for final assessment.
  3. Denial of admission.

Phase 3
After being admitted for assessment, an assessment team of three assessors will visit the applicant for an in depth discussion and evaluation of practices indicated in the self evaluation report. The applicant is asked to show evidence, and can be asked to have clients join for the visit to be interviewed by the assessment team.

Phase 4
Based on the team visit, the applicant will be informed in writing within three weeks on the outcome of the visit. If during the visit indeed the findings as stated in the self evaluation report were confirmed, the accrediation is granted. The Applicant is then allowed to state in its communication efforts that it is AODE Accredited, and will be listed on AODE’s website.

Accredited members sign up for Good Governance and Quality Assurance and allow its clients to submit complaints with AODE. If AODE sees need, it can re-evaluate the applicant and withdraw its accredited status if found necessary.

Fees
AODE is partially subsidized and can therefore keep its administrative fees at a minimum. The application fees for each of the above phases are:

Phase 1: EUR 35,- (administrative handling fee)
Phase 2: EUR 290,- (Self Evaluation Report reading and assessment)
Phase 3: EUR 745,- (Assessment team visit)
Phase 4: EUR 145,- membership fee per year

Application Proces for Certification (for consultants)

Individuals (experts/consultants) that offer its expertise related to the Digital Economy can apply for certification through AODE.
Members that gain certication status will be listed at the AODE list and are allowed to use the AODE certified consultant logo in its communication.

Phase 1
The procedure for application starts with filling a preliminary application form. AODE will contact you within 10 working days after submitting this form.

Phase 2
If eligible for application a 1 month preparation phase starts, during which the applicant will write a (approximately 4 page) self assessment report based on the AODE format. After submitting this report an assessment team appointed by AODE will evaluate the report. The outcome of this assessment results in:

  1. Immediate Eligibility for assessment, after which the assessment team will visit the applicant for a final assessment.
  2. Constructive feedback and comments for the applicant for revision of the report within 3 further weeks after which the assessment team will visit the applicant for final assessment.
  3. Denial of admission.

Phase 3
After being admitted for assessment, an assessment team of two assessors will visit the applicant for an in depth discussion and evaluation of practices indicated in the self evaluation report. The applicant is asked to show evidence, and can be asked to have clients join for the visit to be interviewed by the assessment team.

Phase 4
Based on the team visit, the applicant will be informed in writing within three weeks on the outcome of the visit. If during the visit indeed the findings as stated in the self evaluation report were confirmed, the certification is granted. The Applicant is then allowed to state in its communication efforts that it is AODE Certified, and will be listed on AODE’s website.

AODE Certified consultants sign up for Good Governance and Quality Assurance and allow its clients to submit complaints with AODE. If AODE sees need, it can re-evaluate the applicant and withdraw its certified status if found necessary.

Fees
AODE is partially subsidized and can therefore keep its administrative fees at a minimum. The application fees for each of the above phases are:

Phase 1 and 2: EUR 75,- (administrative handling fee, and Self Evaluation Report reading and assessment)
Phase 3: EUR 245,- (Assessment team visit)
Phase 4: EUR 45,- membership fee per year