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Resources for Applying for CACREP Accreditation

As of July 1, 2016, all applications MUST address the 2016 Standards:
2016 CACREP Standards and Glossary (PDF version)
2016 CACREP Standards and Glossary (HTML version)

The following documents accompany the 2016 CACREP Standards:
CACREP Policy Document(PDF version)
CACREP Policy Document(HTML version)

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.

Implementation of 60 Semester Credit Hour Requirement – The CACREP Board of Directors has delayed the implementation of the 60 credit hour requirement until 2023.  See what will be required of programs moving toward that date.

Other Resources

Consultation Considerations
Application Due Dates and Extensions of Accredited Status
A Reasoned Approach to FTE Faculty
Program Evaluation Related Reports in the 2016 Standards

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 Statement on Best Practices for Bachelor to Master Bridge Programs

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Guiding Principles for Program Evaluation and Student Assessment

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Guiding Principles for the 2016 Faculty Standards

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Guiding Statement on 2016 CACREP Standard 1.O

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Guiding Statement on 2016 CACREP Standard 1.X

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

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Guiding Statement on Certification and Licensure Only Programs

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Guiding Statement on Best Practices for Transfer of Credit

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Guiding Statement on Submitting a Substantive Change Report or Application to Add a Specialty Area

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Webinars

2016 CACREP Accreditation Standards

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.

Accreditation Manuals

Mini Manual 1:

Is CACREP right for my program?

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Mini Manual 2:

Writing and Submitting the Self-Study Document

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Mini Manual 3:

What happens after a program applies?

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Mini Manual 4:

Preparing for the On-Site Visit

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Mini Manual 5:

Decision on Accreditation

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Mini Manual 6:

Program Responsibilities for Maintaining CACREP Accreditation

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CACREP Accreditation Fees

Application Fee

(Due at the Time of Self-Study Submission)
$2500.00

Site Visit Fee

(Invoiced when Visit is Approved)
 

$2000 per visitor

Annual Maintenance Fee

(Covers July 1 Through June 30)

FY 2021 (INVOICED APRIL 15, 2020 AND DUE SEPTEMBER 15, 2020)

Flat fee: $3990
Newly accredited programs will receive a prorated invoice following receipt of their accreditation decision.

Student Graduation Certificate:

 

$50*

*You can pay with a VISA, MasterCard, American Express or Discover Card by calling in your credit card details to the CACREP Office at 703-535-5990.

2009 Standards

Board Interpretations of Specific 2009 Standards

Sometimes the Board adopts an official interpretation of a Standard in order to clarify the intent of the Standard.  Listed below are Standards that have an official interpretation.

2009 Standards Doctoral Students as Teachers Standard I.M

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2009 Standards Credentials of Affiliate Faculty Standard I.Y 

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2009 Standards Site Supervisor Training in Supervision Standard III.C

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Guiding Statements of Specific 2009 Standards

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.

2009 Standards Guiding Statement on Standard I.P

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2009 Standards Guiding Statement on Student Learning Outcomes

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2009 Standards Guiding Statement of Certification or Licensure Only Programs

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2009 Standards Guiding Statement on Standard I.W.5.a-c

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Information for Program Liaisons

CACREP Liaison Position Description and Responsibilities

The CACREP Liaison serves as the primary point of contact between CACREP and the institution’s accredited program(s). The CACREP Liaison is the person to whom CACREP will send important notifications and news updates.

CACREP Liaison Position Description and Responsibilities

CACREP Program Liaison Log-in Guide

The CACREP Liaison is responsible for maintaining current program information on the CACREP website. On a regular basis and when changes have occurred, the CACREP Liaison should log into the CACREP website to ensure that the program information (e.g., contact information, administrative information, and program descriptions) is current and accurate as listed, to update information as needed, and to ensure that you remain aware of the due dates for required reports.

Each CACREP-accredited program has an assigned username and password for the academic unit. The log-in details will allow the CACREP Liaison access to review and update program information. The CACREP Liaison can log-in either through the CACREP website (www.cacrep.org) or www.cacrep.org/wp-login.php.

Please refer to the CACREP Program Liaison Log-in Guide for detailed instructions on how to access and update program information on the CACREP website.

If you have recently taken over as the CACREP Liaison, your email address will not be linked to the institution and you will not be able to log-in. Please contact the CACREP office to have this information updated to enable log-in.

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International Program Approval

The International Registry of Counsellor Education Programs (IRCEP) is a non-accreditation approval process for global counselor education programs.  The program is run by CACREP and programs who are granted approval appear on the IRCEP Registry which is part of IRCEP's website.

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