Centers with provisional accreditation or accredited centers may request a one year postponement of a scheduled accreditation review when one of the following acceptable circumstances has occurred:
- A center is without an ACPE Certified Educator during the year in which the six-year review is due. If a postponement is granted, the center may not admit students, continue a program in progress or offer any ACPE CPE program(s) in the absence of an ACPE Certified Educator.
- A center employed or contracted with a new ACPE Certified Educator during the year the review is due.
The following persons may request review postponement:
- ACPE Certified Educator;
- CPE center’s administrator if the ACPE Certified Educator position is vacant or the ACPE Certified Educator is temporarily disabled; or
- Commission or assigned commissioner, to equalize or manage its review schedule.
Please also see Transitions in Centers if the accredited center is without an ACPE Certified Educator.
To initiate the process of postponement:
- Consult with assigned commissioner for help in assessing if circumstances justify postponement.
- Submit Accreditation Review Request no earlier than September 1 of the year before scheduled review and no later than March 1 of the year of scheduled review.
- Contact the ACPE Office and request an invoice for the postponement fee. The fee is due regardless of the decision of the Commission. Center must submit evidence of payment of the postponement fee with the material the center submits for accreditation review or the postponement may not be granted.
Upon approval of the postponement:
- If there is an ACPE Certified Educator in the center, they must ensure that the portfolio is up to date and available for review.
- If there is not an ACPE Certified Educator in the center, then the center may not admit students, continue a program in progress or offer an ACPE CPE program(s)
- Postponements do not relieve the center from responsibility to comply with ACPE standards.