eoccsOnline Course Certification System (EOCCS) is an international online course certification system designed to evaluate the quality of online business and/or management-related courses that either stand-alone or constitute part of a certificate or programme.

EOCCS aims to evaluate the quality of exemplary online business and/or management courses. Firmly embedded in the general philosophy of EFMD accreditations - internationalisation, practical relevance and quality improvement - EOCCS is open to any institution, including higher education, corporate institutions and public agencies.

EOCCS Framework
Following an in depth review EOCCS provides high quality benchmarks in the market for the use of digital technology in teaching and learning. EOCCS is designed to evaluate online courses in the context of rapidly evolving technologies within the framework of:

  • Institutional Context
  • Course Composition
  • Course Delivery and Operations
  • Quality Assurance Processes

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Benefits of EOCCS and the Value Proposition
EOCCS provides an international quality benchmark in diverse education landscapes whereby digital technology is applied to teaching and learning. In addition to this, institutions applying for EOCCS can expect the following benefits:

  • In-depth review and feedback within 3 months
  • Recognition of online learning as effective and flexible learning
  • International benchmarking
  • Quality assurance

EOCCS is an International Quality Benchmark – Institutions can use EOCCS to demonstrate quality in marketing, sales and faculty/staff recruitment

EOCCS promotes Continuous Improvement. EOCCS provides in-depth Peer Review feedback and suggestions for improvements and sustainability

EOCCS fosters Community and Peer-to-Peer Learning. EOCCS gives access to best practice events and resources in a community of like-minded peers and experts

EOCCS Process
The EOCCS process begins with an enquiry, followed by the applying institution completing the application form (consisting of a Datasheet and Course Self-Assessment Report). The applicant course will then be subject to assessment by an expert Review Panel. Successful applications will be awarded with a renewable Certification for 3 years.

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EOCCS has been developed with eighteen (18) certified courses from eight (8) renowned institutions in online learning representing both the corporate and business school world. EOCCS was formally launched in November 2016 and has already certified a number of courses in the full process.

Dates of EOCCS Certification Board meetings in 2018:

  • March 1st
  • May 31st
  • October 4th
  • December 13th


EOCCS Certified Courses

So far, since its recent launch in total 39 courses of several prestigious institutions has been already certified by EOCCS.

HE Institutions:

  • BI Norwegian Business School, Norway
  • ESSCA Ecole de Management, France
  • ESADE Business School, Spain
  • Grenoble Ecole de Management, France
  • HEC Paris, France
  • Henley Business School, UK
  • Hult International Business School, UK
  • IE Business School, Spain
  • OBS Business School, Spain
  • OUS Royal Academy of Economics and Technology, Switzerland
  • Politecnico di Milano School of Management, Italy
  • The Open University Business School, UK
  • The University of Liverpool Management School, UK

Corporate organisations:

  • Sberbank Corporate University, Russia


EOCCS has received praise from many of the Institutions that have been awarded certification:

“ABMS University in Switzerland is proud to receive the EOCCS Certification for our online system and courses. EOCCS is a high-quality label for any online university seeking worldwide recognition. At ABMS we believe that EOCCS is a great proof of quality in the field of online and distance education. We are proud to be the first university in Switzerland to achieve the EOCCS Certification by EFMD Global Network,” commented Habib Al Souleiman, ABMS PR Director.

“We are delighted to have received EOCCS certification for our Online MBA courses. It provides us with international recognition for the high-quality online design and learning experience we offer," said Julia Balogun, the Director of the University of Liverpool Management School.

Mark Fenton-O’Creevy, Associate Dean External, Engagement & Professor of Organisational Behaviour at The Open University Business School said that, “EOCCS represents an important step in increasing awareness of the specific capabilities needed to design, create and support high quality online learning experiences. We believe that EOCCS can be an important contributor to improving engagement with online learning and raising both aspirations and achievement of quality for learning providers.”

“We are very pleased with the successful launch of EOCCS certification system which is another evidence of EFMD’s global leadership in innovations in management education. For us at Sberbank Corporate University it is a great honor and responsibility to become the first EFMD corporate member awarded EOCCS,” comments Olga Udovichenko, Vice-Dean, Programs Development, Sberbank Corporate University.

Martin Rodriguez, Director of IE Publishing, IE Business School said, “Online teaching is an important part of IE’s DNA, so participating in the certification process is not only an honor but a catalyst to continuing striving to shape the future of online education.”

EOCCS in the Press:

Global Focus Magazine: EOCCS Symposium 2017

Global Focus Magazine: Net Gains

OEB Insights: Online learning: Expecting quality

Presentation by Anne Swanberg, EOCCS Director, at OEB 2016: Improving Quality in Online Learning – Introducing EOCCS

Global Focus Magazine: Bringing Quality to Technology Enhanced Learning

Financial Times: Educators embrace forces of change in online learning

Basic Introduction

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logo pdf EOCCS Flyer

Core Documents

EOCCS Standards Criteria EOCSS Manual EOCCS Process Manual Annexes
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Supporting Documentation for the Certification Process

logo pdfEOCCS Quick Reference Guide
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logo pdfEOCCS Fee Schedule

For more information, please write to eoccs@efmdglobal.org