Applying for CASCE Accreditation

Accreditation Application Information

Applications for CASCE accreditation will be accepted starting October 1 through December 1 each year. To ensure quality, the CASCE reserves the right to limit the number of applications in an accreditation cycle.

The 5 Stages of Applying for Accreditation

Thank you for your interest in CASCE accreditation! We’re eager to assist you on your path to becoming an accredited program. Learn more about the 5-stage application process below.

Stage 1: Preparation

First, make sure your program is ready to apply. Start by reviewing the following resources:

  • Guide to Accreditation: Gain an understanding of the policies, procedures, and general timelines associated with the accreditation process.
  • Professional Standards and Guidelines: Examine the standards your program must meet to become accredited, helping you assess your readiness.
  • Program Readiness Tool: Use internally to grasp and track the exhibits your program will need to demonstrate compliance with CASCE standards.

At this stage, you may discover non-compliances (such as your Program Director’s qualifications or the title of your major or concentration) that need to be taken into consideration, as they may take time to remedy.

Stage 2: Application Submission

Once you’re ready to apply, you may begin your digital application. You can save your progress and return later, as well as share access with additional stakeholders in your program. During the process, your digital signatures will be collected, and you can submit any required supporting documents.

Your application covers areas that help CASCE confirm that your program has the required foundational pieces in place and intends to move forward in the accreditation process. Applications are accepted from October 1 through December 1 annually.

NOTE: Submitting your application does not indicate nor infer that your program is accredited.

Stage 3: Application Review

CASCE staff will conduct a preliminary review to ensure your application conforms to CASCE guidelines. The timing of the preliminary review will be determined by the quantity of applications received. No action is needed at this stage.

Stage 4: Application Fee

Following your preliminary staff review, your Program Director will receive an invoice for the application fee at the email address indicated in your application. The application fee must be received to proceed with your next steps for accreditation.

The non-refundable application fee is $500 for programs currently recognized through the NSCA Education Recognition Program (ERP) and $1,000 for unrecognized programs.

Stage 5: Accreditation Portal Access

Once your application fee is received, the designated Program Director will receive access to the Accreditation Portal to begin your Self-Study.

Determine Readiness for Accreditation Application

Program Readiness Tool (Excel)
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