Joint AccreditationTM Process

Applicants submit materials including a self-study report and supporting activity files with a fee, and participate in an accreditation review jointly managed by ACCME, ACPE and ANCC.

The review process takes approximately 12 months and includes:

  • Submission of intent to apply form that includes eligibility screening questions and payment of eligibility review fee.
  • Engagement by the provider in a self-study to reflect on its program of continuing education.
  • Submission of a self-study report in which the provider describes its practices and verifies these practices using examples.
  • An interview conducted by a 3-person team of volunteer surveyors (representatives of ACCME, ACPE and ANCC) and a staff member of 1 of the 3 national accrediting bodies
  • Review of activity documentation in activity files.
  • Review of materials to a Joint Accreditation Review Committee (Joint ARC) comprised equally by representatives from ACCME, ACPE, and ANCC. 
  • Recommendation of the Joint ARC to the governing boards of ACCME, ACPE and ANCC.

Annual reports may be required by each accrediting body. If a provider withdraws from the joint accreditation process and/or is not successful, the provider will have one year to seek accreditation directly through each individual accrediting body as desired. 

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Consultants: The use of consultants in the Joint Accreditation process is not necessary. Joint Accreditation does not require the use of accreditation consultants, nor does it endorse any particular consultants. Joint Accreditation staff are pleased to provide guidance to applicants at no additional charge. The only fees associated with Joint Accreditation are posted here. For more information, please contact Joint Accreditation Staff (