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Resources for Applying for CACREP Accreditation

As of July 1, 2016, all applications MUST address the 2016 Standards. If an application was postmarked ON or BEFORE June 30, 2016, programs can find documents related to a 2009 application on this page.

CACREP Standards

As of July 1, 2016, all applications MUST address the 2016 Standards

2016 CACREP Standards and Glossary (PDF version)

2016 CACREP Standards (web view by section)

The following documents accompany the 2016 CACREP Standards:

2016 Application for Accreditation – This form should be completed electronically and included on each disk or USB drive. In addition the signature page should be completed and submitted in hard copy.

CACREP Policy Document

Guiding Statements

The Board has adopted Guiding Statements on topics and issues related to CACREP Standards or policies. These Guiding Statements represent the position of CACREP and should be used as a reference for seeking and/or maintaining accreditation.

Guiding Principles for Program Evaluation and Student Assessment

Guiding Principles for the 2016 Faculty Standards

Guiding Statement on 2016 CACREP Standard 1.O

Guiding Statement on 2016 CACREP Standard 1.X

Guiding Statement on 2016 CACREP Standard 2.F.5.m

Guiding Statement on Certification and Licensure Only Programs

Guiding Statement on Best Practices for Transfer of Credit

Guiding Statement on Submitting a Substantive Change Report or an Application to Add a Specialty Area or Program During an Accreditation Cycle: A guide for making the decision

Other Resources

Application Due Dates and Extensions of Accredited Status

A Reasoned Approach to FTE Faculty

Unofficial Guide for Formatting a CACREP Self-Study Document

Unofficial Guide – Sample Response Formats for CACREP Self-Study Document


A recording of the Program Evaluation and Assessment in the CACREP 2016 Standards presentation that was given at each of the 2016 ACES Regional Conferences is now available. The video can be accessed through Adobe Connect (please click on the logo below to access the video). Please contact the CACREP office of an access password.


A recording of slides presenting an overview of the 2016 CACREP Accreditation Standards in relation to the three themes identified by the revision committee during the standards revision process: simplify, clarify, and unify.

A recording of the CACREP Webinar on Registered Apprenticeship is now available.