APA Education Accreditation Committee
Standards and Forms
The notice of intent to seek accreditation or reaccreditation and the accompanying self-evaluation and inspection form must be submitted at least six (6) months prior to the start of the basic course that will be subject to the on-site evaluation (inspection). If the proper paperwork is not submitted at least six month prior to the start of the course, the program will need to seek a waiver of the six-month notice standard before the paperwork can be processed. Waivers will only be granted in those very limited circumstances that make compliance with a standard unreasonably difficult or impossible for a program; they are not intended, nor will they be granted, when the standard for which a waiver is sought could have been met with better planning.
How to Download Documents
Click on the names of the documents below to open them. (The bolded, underlined document names are hyperlinks to the respective documents.) Once opened, the option to download will appear. Alternatively, you should be able to right-click on a hyperlink and then select "Save As" in the popup menu. Be sure to save the document to a location on your computer where you can easily find it. If you have any questions or problems, contact the EAC for assistance.
How to Fill Out Forms
Initiate & Apply for Accreditation or Reaccreditation
Note: The application for accreditation cannot be filed until the EAC tentatively approves the self-evaluation and inspection form. (For an overview of the process, including the (important) timeline for submitting forms, click here.)
Note: Since 2020, the reports use a Google form. To access a form, you will need to sign in with your Google account (preferably, the one you use to access the school directors' Google group).
Note: Waiver requests should be rare, and therefore they will only be granted only for compelling reasons outside the control of the program. Failure to file paperwork according to the deadlines set in the standards will generally not be viewed as outside the control of a program, so please ensure all filings are timely.
Please also note that a traditional polygraph program must apply for and receive a waiver to allow a student to complete the basic course beyond the 17-week maximum time-period. Standard 22.214.171.124.2.1 ("Under certain extenuating circumstances, a student may be allowed to finish the missed portions of the program within a 12-month period from the initial start of their education and training") only sets the maximum time period for which a waiver may be authorized.
The EAC does not conduct credential evaluations of academic credentials received from non-U.S. institutions. Forms to request such evaluations are available from the various credential evaluation services the APA recognizes. The accreditation standards state that the APA recognizes any member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). For a list of members and links to their respective websites, go to the members page of the NACES website.