Upon successful completion of the program, a CAP will be able to demonstrate in-depth knowledge of ACCSC accreditation standards and accreditation process.
The program is not intended to measure capacity to memorize the Standards of Accreditation; instead as a CAP, your value will rest in your ability to understand the ACCSC accreditation standards, processes and procedures and be able to use ACCSC resources to find answers, solve accreditation problems, and create an institutional environment that is proactive in nature. Essentially, as a CAP, you don’t need to ‘know all of the answers’...rather...you should ‘know where to find all of the answers.'
The ultimate goal of the CAP program is to equip schools to perform at exceptional levels as a means to support, promote, and enhance student success.
The learning pathway for the CAP program is designed for adult learners within the higher education arena. The program consists of 13 Major Knowledge Areas (MKAs), each based on a set of identified Knowledge Objectives that support the respective MKA. Your itinerary will be flexible to the extent that after completing three core MKAs, you will be free to encounter the knowledge areas in any order.
Each MKA utilizes rigorous assessments that gauge your level of knowledge gained from ACCSC existing resources and the ability to demonstrate the successful application of that knowledge. You earn a Knowledge Badge for each MKA upon successful completion of the MKA requirements, which include passing the MKA exam. Take the final Certification Exam when you’ve earned all your badges and become a Certified Accreditation Professional!
The ACCSC Certified Accreditation Professional certification must be renewed every five years by taking and passing the updated final exam.
* The various links to the Standards of Accreditation will take you either to the applicable page in the standards or the first page of the standards depending on your browser.