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Step 8 - CACREP Decisions

Categories of Accreditation Decisions

In rendering a final accreditation decision, the CACREP Board of Directors uses the following data:  the application, Self-Study document, any addenda to the original Self-Study document, pertinent correspondence between the institution and the CACREP office, the Team Report, and the Institutional Response to the Team Report. 

When conducting the final review of a program(s) application for accreditation, the CACREP Board of Directors may not reverse any site team findings of standards being “met” without first giving the institution notice and/or an opportunity to respond.

Categories of Accreditation Decisions

Accreditation decisions are program specific.  That is, an institution’s programs are granted individual accreditation.  For example, the Board confers accredited status on an  institution’s School Counseling program for eight years, its Clinical Mental Health Counseling program could receive accreditation for a two-year period with conditions, and its Addiction Counseling program be denied accreditation.

1. Accredited.  This status is granted to programs that, in the professional judgment of the CACREP Board of Directors, meet all applicable standards in a satisfactory manner.  Accredited status is conferred for an eight-year period.


2. Accredited for a Two-Year Period with Conditions.  This status is granted to programs that substantially meet the requirements for accredited status, but which need to address relatively minor standards-related deficiencies.  The program is notified of the specific deficiencies through conditions outlined in the accreditation decision letter sent to the institution’s president/CEO.

The CACREP Board of Directors confers two-year accreditation to a program when there is a belief that the program can meet the specified conditions within the two-year period.  The Board grants this status if a determination has been made that meeting the specified conditions will lead to an extension of the accredited status to the end of the eight-year accreditation cycle.  Within the two-year period, the program will submit an Interim Report demonstrating that the required conditions have been met (see Step 7:  Maintaining Accredited Status).

3. Denial of Accreditation.  The CACREP Board of Directors denies a decision to accreditation when there is consensus among Board members that the program is not in substantial compliance with the standards.