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Process and Resources

Planning for ACAP Accreditation?

Be sure to take these first steps:

  1. Read and review the ICE 1100 Standard for Assessment-based Certificate Programs.

    • The accreditation application requires applicants to provide written explanations and supporting evidence of their program's compliance with this Standard.
  2. Use the ACAP self-assessment checklist 

    • This is a tool for your own evaluation purposes and is not to be submitted as part of the application process. The ACAP self-assessment checklist is available to help you to gauge your program's readiness to apply for accreditation.
  3. Consider using our guidance documents in developing, implementing, or auditing your certificate program:

Application Process

Application submission deadlines occur three times per year: 

  • March 31
  • June 30
  • October 31

The ACAP application is online and accessible through our accreditation portal

Application Review and Accreditation Decisions

Once the assigned reviewers have completed their initial application review, the Assessment-based Certificate Accreditation Council (ACAC) will convene to share their findings. The ACAC may make one of the following decisions:

  • Defer the application for more evidence or explanation of compliance to one or more standards; or
  • Approve the application based on full compliance with the ICE 1100 Standard; or
  • Deny the application based on significant non-conformity to the ICE 1100 Standard.

Upon satisfactory completion of the application review and audit, accreditation will be granted for five years.

To appeal an Accreditation Decision, refer to the Grievances Policy image of PDF icon

Maintaining Accreditation

Annual report forms are emailed to the primary contact of organizations with accredited programs at the beginning of May each year, to be completed by July 1st. 

The ICE 1100 standards require that each organization with an accredited certificate program(s) complete an annual report form to demonstrate ongoing compliance with the standards. The annual report form is required for several reasons, including:

  • To document compliance with ICE 1100 standards for maintaining and updating the program;
  • To keep organizations with ICE accredited programs continually aware of the accreditation standards; and
  • To provide organizations the opportunity to receive feedback on any changes that may affect their accreditation status and receive suggested actions to take to maintain compliance.

In limited situations, the annual report form may provide data leading to revocation of ICE accreditation if the certification program fails to respond or its response demonstrates intended lack of compliance with ICE 1100 Standard.

Renewing ACAP Accreditation

Accreditation is valid for a period of 5 years. When a certificate program's accreditation is set to expire, the sponsoring organization is required to submit a renewal application. 

The renewal application and process is identical to the initial application and process - therefore, it requires a complete new application with all supporting documentation.