August 23-27, 2021
21-22/OLAT (Online Program)
The training is for the local accreditors tapped by the Instituto Nacional De Desenvolvimento De Māo-de-Óbra (INDMO), Timor Leste as part of the activities in the memorandum of understanding between APACC and INDMO.


Accreditation, as one of the three primary modes of quality assurance, is often considered a step towards establishing a culture of quality – sustained and maintained by defining objectives, developing capacity to achieve them, and evaluating whether they are achieved or not. Being a gatekeeper of quality at its threshold, accreditation determines the adequacy of human, physical, and information resources, reinforces results-based approach to evaluation, and provides a firm foundation for its institutions or programs.

APACC is a regional accreditation and certification body established through the Seoul Declaration 2004, with the Colombo Plan Staff College (CPSC) as the lead organization. It aims to provide international accreditation and certification services towards the quality management system of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) institutions. Its goal is to improve the quality of TVET institutions to produce competent and highly skilled workforce.

In its continuous efforts to widen the reach and strengthen its human resources, APACC is organizing this training program to enhance participants’ understanding of accreditation as a tool for improving the quality of TVET institutions and build their capacity to start an actual accreditation process using APACC criteria.


The program aims to:

  • Explain the APACC criteria, indicators, and sub-indicators;
  • Impart the roles, responsibilities, and attributes expected of APACC Accreditors; and
  • Inform the processes involved and documents required before, during, and after institutional evaluation.

Main Contents

In order to achieve the above objectives, the following topics will be covered:

  • Overview of APACC and Status Report
  • Orientation and Workshop on APACC Criteria
    • Criterion I: Governance and Management
    • Criterion II: Teaching and Learning
    • Criterion III: Human Resources
    • Criterion IV: Research and Development
    • Criterion V: Image and Sustainability
    • Criterion VI: Other Resources
    • Criterion VII: Support to Students
  • Desirable Characteristics of APACC Team and Rules in Institutional Evaluation
  • Roles and Responsibilities of APACC Team before, during, and after institutional evaluation
  • Parts of Evaluation Report and Tips in Report Writing

Instructional Strategies

To facilitate productive and interactive learning, the following instructional strategies will be utilized to effectively train the participants:

  • Online lectures
  • Experience sharing
  • Online and offline tasks
  • Video presentations
  • Use of OnCOURSE learning management system

Program Facilities

To conduct the program smoothly, each participant should have:

  1. Laptop or desktop computer with the following specifications
    • Intel Core i3 CPU (equivalent or higher)
    • 8GB RAM
    • 240GB Storage
    • Webcam
    • Earphone with microphone (laptop speakers and mic can also be used)
  2. Zoom and HTML5 compliant web browser (Chrome, Edge, Firefox, etc.)
  3. HTML5 compliant smart phone (Android of iPhone)

Program Management and Resource Persons

Program Coordinator and Resource Person Ramhari Lamichhane, PhD ([email protected]) is the first Nepali and the 11th Director General of CPSC. He is also the concurrent President of Asia Pacific Accreditation and Certification Commission (APACC). He has 30 years of experience in TVET starting as an instructor up to becoming the CEO of Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training (CTEVT) in Nepal. He served as Project Manager in ADB projects and Program Coordinator in Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) funded projects. He was a key member in formulating the TVET Policy of Nepal in 2007 and 2012.

He is a dynamic leader, certified project assessor, strategic planner, experienced project manager, TVET Institution Quality Assessor, TVET Expert, and a seasoned manager, attested by the awards received such as the Prabal Gorkha Dakshin Bahu IV from the Late King Birendra Bira Bikram Shah Dev and Global Educational Leadership Award by the World Education Congress; scholarship from Ryutaro Hashimoto Foundation, Japan; and Humphrey Fellowship from Fullbright Foundation, USA.

He has presented papers in a number of international conferences and meetings on TVET. He has authored and co-authored publications on TVET in various thematic areas - accessibility, greening, entrepreneurship, financing, equality, and image building. Dr. Lamichhane earned his PhD and MPhil in Education Leadership from Kathmandu University in Nepal. He has a degree in Educational Administration, Planning and Policy from Peabody College/Vanderbilt University, Tennessee, USA.

Resource Person Prof. Romulita C. Alto, EdD ([email protected]), has retired from government service in 2006, however, she continuously impart her knowledge in various capacities like currently, she is a CPSC Project-Based Faculty Consultant and Accreditor of APACC.

She has been associated with CPSC since 1992 in various capacities. From 1992-1994, she was a Research Associate. From 1997 to 2001, she was engaged as Governing Board engaged Core Faculty Consultant and Chairperson of Consultancy and Marketing Division and Research and Development Division. Dr. Alto is the lead author of CPSC’s best-selling book - the Research in TVET Made Easy and was the lead reviewer of the APACC documents in 2013 – 2014.

She was able to handle several high-profile assignments and projects in ADB and JICA, being an educator and international consultant for 57 years now.

Dr. Alto is the recipient of the Outstanding Public School Teacher of the City of Manila in 1971, the Most Outstanding Natural Science Teacher of the Year in 1972, and the Outstanding Faculty Member of the Technological University of the Philippines in 2005. Among the scholarship grants she enjoyed are the CDG-Gesellshaft scholarship at the Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand on Remote Sensing Technology and Environmental Resources Management, Asia Foundation Scholarship on the Teaching of CBA Chemistry, and Teaching of Chemistry at RECSAM in Penang Malaysia.

Dr. Alto earned her Doctoral Degree in Educational Administration in 1984, Master’s Degree in Teaching Chemistry in 1970, and Bachelor of Science Degree in Home Economics and Bachelor of Science in Education in 1961 all from the University of the Philippines.

Resource Person Ms. Therese Tan Lee ([email protected]), has honed her expertise in TVET with her extensive work experience in the industry for 22 years. Presently, she is a Lead Consultant in UNESCO International Institute, as well as an External Validator for Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Philippines.

She was affiliated with the Colombo Plan Staff College (CPSC) in 2018 to 2019 where she served as Faculty Specialist and Division Chair for Projects and Consultancy. During her involvement in CPSC, she has been a part of accreditation teams for APACC institutional evaluations of various TVET institutions, reviewed institutional Self-Study Reports, accreditation results and evaluation reports, and contributed to APACC board meetings as one of the board members. She also served as program coordinator and resource person to about 19 programs conducted by the CPSC in 2018 – 2019.

From 2009 to 2017, she had been involved as Curriculum Developer, Project Manager and Regional Coordinator to different projects and programs in TVET such as United Nation Educational Scientific and Culture Organization (UNESCO); TVET Project Manager Cardno Emerging Markets Australia – BEAM – ARMM Australian Aid Funded Project, and German International Cooperation (GIZ).

Ms. Lee graduated cum laude with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Industrial Education from Laguna College of Arts and Trades in 1998. She also studied Master in Technology and Home Economics from Laguna State Polytechnic University (LSPU) and is currently taking up Master of Public Affairs, Major in Education Management in University of the Philippines Los Banos (UPLB).

Resource Person Ms. Adrienne Abril ([email protected]) has been working in CPSC since February 2007 and currently holds the position of APACC Officer. Prior to this, she held various administrative positions in CPSC such as Executive Secretary and Projects and Consultancy Division Officer. As the APACC Officer, she manages the administrative functions of APACC including planning and implementation of on-site visits, board meetings, accreditors’ training and retraining, and meetings of the Association of APACC Accreditees (AAA). She acted as resource speaker in APACC orientations and accreditors’ training and coordinated study tour programs on behalf of CPSC. She was involved in 28 APACC institutional evaluations as documentation officer in India, Malaysia, Mongolia, and the Philippines from 2009 – 2020. She contributed greatly to the development of CPSC Quality Standard Guidelines and was involved in the review and revision of APACC Manual and other documents over the years. Ms. Abril studied BS Food Technology in the University of the Philippines – Diliman from 2000 - 2005.