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Accrediting Council for
Continuing Education & Training

The Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training (ACCET) is a voluntary group of educational organizations affiliated for the purpose of improving continuing education and training. Through its support of an independent Accrediting Commission, the ACCET membership promulgates and sustains the Standards for Accreditation along with policies and procedures that measure and ensure educational standards of quality. ACCET is recognized for this purpose by the U.S. Secretary of Education and, accordingly, is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency.

The essential purpose of the accreditation process is to provide a professional judgement as to the quality of the educational institution or program(s) offered, and to encourage continual improvement thereof. Accreditation is the process by which the ACCET Accrediting Commission grants public recognition to an educational institution which has voluntarily submitted to an evaluative comparison with established qualifications and standards, both upon initial application and periodically thereafter. ACCET's function is focused upon educational quality, the continuous assessment and improvement of educational practices, and assistance to member institutions in the improvement of these practices within their programs.

The four major components of this on-going process are:

  1. the implementation of institutional and program goals and objectives that serve a quality continuing education and training delivery system;

  2. the development of a comprehensive, analytic self-evaluation review and report (ASER) by the institution referenced to the Standards for Accreditation;

  3. the conduct of an on-site professional peer review to evaluate the adequacy and accuracy of the self-evaluation; and

  4. an independent review and decision by the Accrediting Commission to assess the institution's commitment to and compliance with ACCET standards, policies and procedures.

Recognition of ACCET

ACCET has been officially recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, since 1978, as a "reliable authority as to the quality of education or training provided by the institution's of higher education and the programs they accredit." In 1998, ACCET became the first recognized accrediting agency to be certified as an ISO 9001 Quality Management System under the international standards established by the International Organization for Standardization. Click here for information on ISO 9000.

Principles of Ethics for ACCET Accredited Institutions

In support of its Standards for Accreditation, ACCET members will uphold the following principles of professional ethics:

  • To provide programs of study that are educationally sound, up-to-date, of high quality and are demonstrably effective;

  • To maintain fair, ethical, and clearly stated advertising, admission, and enrollment practices by accurately and fairly representing the ACCET - accredited institution and its service to its constituency;

  • To provide effective student counseling and motivational programs that recognize individual differences and ensure successful student retention, graduation and, where applicable, employability;

  • To demonstrate the ultimate benefit of private educational training programs through satisfied participants.

  • To maintain an effective peer review system that ensures proper and ethical administration of all financial operations of the institution;

  • To promote the concept of voluntary self-regulation inherent in the accreditation process.
  • To demonstrate a commitment to educational services through community involvement and participation.

  • To demonstrate the effectiveness of private education and training, thereby providing essential skills to support a productive American work force.

  • To promote continuing education and training programs of the highest quality and integrity.

Scope of ACCET Accreditation

A continuing education program is defined as "post secondary instruction designed to meet the educational needs and interests of adults, including the expansion of available learning opportunities for adults who are not adequately served by current educational offerings in their communities." ACCET only accredits institutions providing noncollegiate continuing education and training programs and which are not authorized to award degrees of any type.

ACCET provides institutional accreditation for organizations whose primary function is for educational purposes and for organizations offering continuing education as a clearly identified institutional objective within the operational entity such as in-service corporate training.

ACCET accreditation can include educational institutions which offer programs at locations other than the main headquarters under specified conditions and controls (Refer to Document 26 - Approval and Review of External Locations). ACCET accredits noncollegiate continuing education and training organizations throughout the United States and accredits programs abroad. Institutions that may be eligible for accreditation include:

  • Trade and professional associations;
  • Private Career Schools;
  • Corporate training departments;
  • Labor union training programs;
  • Religious organizations and ethical societies;
  • Public affairs and cultural societies;
  • Social service, volunteer and personal development organizations.
Like other educational accrediting agencies, ACCET does not grant academic credit or any other unit of educational measurement. Academic credit can be granted only by educational institutions licensed or chartered to do so by federal or state governments. Additionally, the transferability of academic credit between institutions is at the sole discretion of those institutions directly involved and is normally arranged through a formal articulation agreement between the institutions.

Click here to select ACCET accredited institutions in our directory of US schools.

Further information from:

Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training
1722 N Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036

Tel: +1 (202) 955-1113
Fax: +1 (202) 955-1118

Roger J. Williams, Executive Director
Tel: +1 (202) 955-1113 ext. 234
Email: rjwilliams@accet.org

Rebecca Busacca, Accreditation Coordinator
Tel: +1 (202) 955-1113 ext. 241
Email: rabusacca@accet.org

ACCET website: http://www.accet.org/

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