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APS quality standard

What is APS?


The Approved Provider Standard (APS) is the national quality standard designed specifically for all types of mentoring and befriending projects. Projects which are assessed as meeting the requirements of the standard are accredited for three years.


APS comprises 10 requirements across four key areas supporting safe and effective practice in mentoring and befriending: 


Who is eligible to apply for APS?

APS accreditation is aimed at fully operational projects, but can also be used by those organisations that are in the process of setting up a project. APS provides an excellent framework for both developing your project and/or reviewing your existing project. However when the APS assessment visit is carried out the project must have mentoring or befriending relationships ongoing.

It is relevant to all types of mentoring and befriending and can be applied to projects delivered locally, regionally or nationally and/or using a variety of methods and approaches. Organisations which deliver more than one mentoring or befriending project can also apply for APS.




If you currently have APS and your accreditation is due to expire, you need to re-apply before expiry if you wish to continue to be accredited. You should apply at least six months before expiry to ensure continuous APS accreditation. You need to complete the same process as projects that are applying for the standard for the first time. If your project has  previously been accredited with APS you can apply for re-accreditation at any time, even if your approval has expired.


Find out more about what’s involved in applying for APS and the banded pricing for APS applications










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