Re-Accreditation Process

Eligibility: Re-accreditation will be considered for courses/curricula that have reached or are within 90 days of their expiration date. Re-accreditation is applicable to courses/curricula that have undergone minor and minimal changes in their design or content since the original APPA accreditation was awarded. Courses/curriculum that have had moderate to major changes in their design or content are not eligible for re-accreditation and must be submitted for accreditation as a new course/curriculum.

If you are unsure about whether your course/curriculum is eligible for re-accreditation, please direct your questions to Diane Kincaid; phone 859-244-8196.

Additional re-accreditation conditions are outlined below:

  • Submitting agencies are encouraged to submit their completed re-accreditation application package and required supplemental materials at least 60 days prior to expiration date of the training.
  • Applications will be reviewed within 30 days of receipt of the application, unless otherwise notified.
  • APPA encourages applicants to submit their application packages and supplemental material via email. If it is not available in an electronic format, hard copies may be submitted. However, to submit hard copies via postal mail, the submitting agency must send 3 copies of the complete application package and supplemental materials.
  • Applications for re-accreditation should include the course content and supplemental material that was submitted for the most recent accreditation award, with clear notations of any information that has changed or been revised or added to the course/curriculum since the original accreditation was awarded. The general assumption will be the original material accredited still meets the requirements; however, any new or changed information needs to be reviewed and assessed by the Accreditation Committee to assure it meets the requirements to substantiate re-accreditation. It should be easy and apparent to reviewers what changes were made and how these affected the course/curriculum.
  • If there is no clear way for the applicant to note and for reviewers to be able to determine where revisions and changes were made to the course/curriculum, then additional costs may apply based on the level of review that will be needed to determine the qualification for re-accreditation. APPA will discuss these additional costs with the submitting agency prior to submitting the application to the committee for review.
  • APPA will provide a copy of the re-accreditation application package and supplemental materials to the assigned APPA Accreditation Committee members for review. The committee members will convey their decision about re-accreditation to the APPA staff person.
  • APPA will notify the contact person of the submitting agency via email of the accreditation committee’s findings.
  • If re-accreditation is awarded, a final fee will be determined by APPA and an invoice for the accreditation will be attached to the email sent by APPA notifying the submitting agency of the approval for re-accreditation.
  • Upon receipt of the final payment for re-accreditation, APPA will send a letter and a certificate of accreditation specifying the number of contact hours for which the course/curriculum is re-accredited.
  • If re-accreditation is not awarded, APPA will send a letter to the submitting agency that outlines the criteria the committee felt were not satisfied and will invite the applicant to modify and/or re-submit the additional information needed for subsequent review.
  • Training accreditation is in effect for three years from the date of issuance. If substantive changes are made to the course/curriculum during that time frame (e.g., a new module is added, a module is deleted, major revisions to content, etc.), the accreditation will be void. To maintain accreditation the submitting agency must contact and notify APPA of the change(s) and submit appropriate information for an additional review. Additional fees may apply.
  • At the end of the 3-year period, APPA will notify the submitting agency the accreditation is due to expire. At that point, the submitting agency can determine if it would like to submit the course/curriculum for re-accreditation.