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Initial Applicants—Pursuing Accreditation

New centers seeking status as an Accredited Education Institute (AEI) that are not currently accredited can apply using the AEI Accreditation Portal. It is required that all new centers submit a preapplication before gaining access to the application. Click “Register a New Center” within the portal to access the pre-application. 

Access the AEI Accreditation Portal

Centers must meet all standards and intend to actively pursue accreditation for the designation level sought—Comprehensive or Focused—prior to submitting a preapplication. A letter of intent (LOI) is required in conjunction with submitting the pre-application and agreeing to the terms in our Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

View the Standards and Criteria

This voluntary program involves a peer review process. The ACS AEI Accreditation Review Committee (ARC) meets semi-annually to make accreditation decisions—in June and December.

View the Timelines

Accreditation Review Process 

Below is an overview of the accreditation review process for an initial applicant:

Accreditation Review Process

For questions about pursuing accreditation, contact Cathy Sormalis, Manager of the Program for Accreditation of Education Institutes, at or 312-202-5535.