An ACPE center may voluntarily withdraw its accreditation when circumstances dictate. The Accreditation Commission may also withdraw a center’s accreditation as a result of failure to comply with ACPE Accreditation Standards. (See Commission Actions)

Policy

1. For voluntary withdrawal, an accredited center which will no longer offer programs of ACPE CPE must notify ACPE of the intent to close the center and withdraw its accreditation by using Changes in Centers Form – Appendix 2.
2. For involuntary withdrawal, ACPE notifies the center, public, USDE and other accrediting agencies following the procedure for notifications.
3. Fees must be paid and up to date. ACPE invoices the center for any outstanding fees or fees to cover the portion of the year the center has been open and any student units registered and not paid.
4. Student records must be secured according to ACPE policy.
5. ACPE staff acknowledges center closure, posts on ACPE website and notifies the USDE following the procedure for notifications (See Notifications of Commission Decisions)

Procedure

The Accredited Center/institution will:

1. Complete Appendix 2.
2. Submit documentation that all student units completed are registered with ACPE before the effective date of closure.
3. Pay all outstanding fees due to ACPE. This may include annual accreditation fee (pro-rated if appropriate) and all student units reported during the current year.
4. Arrange for storage of student records in accordance with ACPE records policy (Appendix 7E)

4.1. In the absence of an ACPE Certified Educator, only the appointed designee indicated in the center’s policy and procedure for student record management is authorized to retrieve student records with a student’s written request and/or to secure and ship student records to ACPE.
4.2. The center ships the student and center records to the ACPE Office, c/o Accreditation: One West Court Square, Suite 325, Decatur, GA 30030. Students’ records shall not be open to anyone outside the CPE center except with the student’s written request and permission.