Policy

1. ACPE requires a feasibility study for applying for Pre-accredited status or adding Certfied Educator CPE.

2. ACPE requires a self study for:

2.1. a center moving from Pre-accredited status;
2.2. a Satellite Program moving to Accredited Member; and
2.3. a Ten Year Accreditation review.

3. All written materials must adhere to these criteria:

3.1. professional publication quality;
3.2. organized with an index referencing where ACPE standards are addressed in the document or student handbook;
3.3. page numbering and table of contents designed to facilitate locating materials; and
3.4. completion of Appendix 5 Part I with the page number(s) on which the center demonstrates how it meets applicable ACPE standards or Accreditation Manual requirements and Part II indicating where on-site files and other resources are located.

Steps

For feasibility study (seeking Pre-accredited status or adding Certified Educator CPE):

1. Familiarize key personnel, e.g., staff, administration, professional consultation group, with ACPE organization, ACPE 2016 Standards and 2016 Accreditation Manual.
2. Discuss rationale and objectives for CPE program (or adding Certified Educator CPE) at the center.
3. Determine administrative structure and support needed to meet ACPE standards and center’s capacity to meet them.
4. Develop curriculum based on ACPE standards (See ACPE Standards 309-319; Appendix 5
5. Survey and assess clinical and educational resources.
6. Draft and discuss policies and procedures needed for the function of CPE programs.
7. Assess overall potential for compliance with ACPE standards for each specific CPE program.
8. Assess strengths and limitations of proposed center and each CPE program, identifying unique qualities of the center and the educational programs and including limitations.
9. Draft student handbook for the program(s) (See Appendix 5 Part I)
10. Describe center’s future plans.

For self study (Ten Year Review and center moving from Pre-accredited status or Satellite Program to Accredited Member status):

1. Review rationale and objectives for CPE at the center.
2. Summarize institutional changes since last annual report
3. Evaluate administrative structure and support needed to meet ACPE standards and center’s capacity to meet them.
4. Review and update curriculum based on ACPE standards (ACPE Standards 309-19; Appendix 5.
5. Evaluate effectiveness and function of clinical and educational resources.
6. Review and update policies and procedures needed for the function of CPE programs.
7. Analyze and report program completion rates and student achievements.
8. Summarize outcomes from on-going program evaluations and changes made in response to consumer feedback.
9. Assess overall compliance with ACPE standards for each specific CPE program.
10. Describe how center has processed and/or resolved complaints filed by students
11. Assess strengths and limitations of center and each CPE program, identifying unique qualities of the center and the educational programs and including limitations.
12. Review and revise student handbook for the program(s) (Appendix 5, Part I).
13. Describe changes proposed as result of self-study
14. Describe center’s future plans.