A component site is a place, usually a facility owned by the sponsoring institution or agency, where a System Sponsored Center offers one or more CPE programs under its single accreditation.


  1. The central administrative office of the System Sponsored Center administers all CPE programs at component sites and ensures component sites meet ACPE standards. See System Sponsored Center.
  2. A component site may begin programs only after having received provisional approval by the assigned accreditation commissioner
  3. Provisional approval is subject to review and final action of the Accreditation Commission.
  4. Accredited Centers merging with a System Sponsored Center will request accreditation as a component of the System Center once they merge with the System Sponsored Center. See System Center under Types of Accreditation.

To Establish a New Component Site

  1. System Sponsored Center submits:
    1. An Accreditation Review Request
    2. a revised administrative plan, demonstrating how the new component is linked to the central administrative authority and how it is organized to offer programs in compliance with ACPE standards;
    3. site-specific student handbook
    4. appropriate materials to demonstrate compliance with standards at the new site
  2. The System Sponsored Center uploads all materials at least forty-five (45) days prior to the start of any program at the component site.
  3. A one person site visit is required within six months of the start of the program
  4. A Commission Reviewer will be assigned by the Accreditation Commission Chair and will bring a recommendation(s) to the Commission. The Commission will act upon recommendation(s) and either approve the addition of the component or deny the request (see Commission Actions).

Moving from Component Site to Provisional Accreditation

A component site wishing to move to full, independent accreditation will first apply for Provisional Accreditation.