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Accreditation Policies and Procedures

Accreditation and Reaccreditation
  • Programs apply for initial accreditation by completing an Application for Accreditation and submitting it with the accreditation fee of $400. Effective July 1, 2017, the accreditation fee will be $500.00. A letter giving Notice to Proceed will be sent from the Council to the Program by the Vice President of Accreditation.
  • Programs that are delivered at multiple sites but use the same curriculum at each site pay an additional accreditation/reaccreditation fee of $50.00 for each additional site. For example, a program delivered at three sites would pay $400 for the first site and $50 for each of the additional sites, a total accreditation/reaccreditation fee of $500.
  • Programs have two years from the date of the Notice to Proceed to complete the accreditation process (self-study and site visit). The Steps to Accreditation are located on pages 6-8 of the Member Handbook: Accreditation and Self-Study Guide
  • Accreditation is renewed every 5 years; a site visit is required every 10 years. A Reaccreditation Application should be submitted with the current fee of $400 prior to the end of the accreditation period (either October 31, February 28, or May 31). Effective July 1, 2017, the reaccreditation fee will be $500.00. 
  • Programs that cannot meet the deadlines due to extenuating circumstances may apply for an extension of up to one year by submitting a letter of request to the Vice President of Accreditation. When an extension is granted, accreditation will be continuous from the date that accreditation renewal was due.
  • Programs that allowed accreditation to lapse either for non-payment of membership dues OR by not submitting a Reaccreditation Application and the reaccreditation fee at least six months prior to the ending date of their current accreditation, must begin the process as if they have never been accredited. Official records will show the lapse in accreditation. Note: Check the website for the current fee structure.
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Note: Beginning July 1, 2016 programs requiring a site visit for initial accreditation or for a 10 year reaccreditation will pay a flat fee of $2000.00 per Site Visitor. CSHSE will then reimburse the Site Visitors directly for all travel expenses. CSHSE will invoice the program when the request for readers is received. The program will have 45 days to pay this invoice. Should the site visit not proceed for any reason, the Site Visitor fees will be refunded.

Conditions of Accreditation

  • All standards must be met. Programs should address the specifications for each standard that pertains to the level of certificate or degree.
  • All deadlines must have been met. If not, the Board will consider the Program at the subsequent Board meeting.
  • The Regional Director, Vice President of Accreditation, and each of the four readers must have received the self-study copy.
  • The Treasurer must have received the application and fee. 
  • The Vice President of Accreditation must have sent a notice to proceed to the Program based on the application. The Program has two years from the date of the letter to proceed to complete and submit the self-study.
  • All council membership dues must be current (see the Payment Policies and Procedures Section).
  • A site visit (two site visitors) must be completed and all site visitor expenses must be paid.
  • Programs that use the same curriculum at multiple sites can apply for accreditation as one program provided they use the same curriculum at each site and can document how continuity of the curriculum across sites is insured. See Payment Policies and Procedures for the membership and accreditation fee structure.
  • Programs that use different curricula at each site must apply for membership, accreditation, and reaccreditation as separate sites. 
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Conditions of Reaccreditation
  • Accreditation must be renewed every 5 years. Reaccreditation should be considered on the anniversary date of the initial accreditation. For example, if the Program is accredited for May 2005-May 2010, the reaccreditation should be submitted for consideration at the May 2010 Board Meeting.
  • A self-study is required every 5 years.
  • A site visit (two site visitors) is required every 10 years beginning with the initial accreditation.
  • All standards must be met. Programs should address the specifications for each standard (see website).
  • All deadlines must be met (see Member Handbook). If not, the Board will consider the Program at the subsequent Board meeting. If consideration is conducted at the following board meeting and approval is given, accreditation is granted continuous from the date of prior approval.
  • Accreditation that has lapsed for non-payment or not submitting documents in a timely manner can be reinstated under the provisions of the Payment Policies and Procedures.
  • The Regional Director, Vice President of Accreditation, and each of the four readers must have received the self-study copy within the timeline.
  • The Treasurer must have received the Reaccreditation Application and fee within the timeline.
  • Continuous membership must be maintained and membership fees must be paid in a timely manner. Programs that are in arrears will be given a 90-Day Notice that accreditation is terminated for non-payment of funds.
  • See the Payment Policies and Procedures for applicable charges and reinstatement fees.
  • Programs that have multiple sites but deliver the same curriculum at each site and have been accredited as one program will be reaccredited as one program. See the Payment Policies and Procedures for the membership and reaccreditation fee structures.
  • Programs that have multiple sites but use different curricula at each site will be reaccredited as individual programs. See the Payment Policies and Procedures for the membership and reaccreditation fee structures.

 

 

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