Updated January 2, 2023

Updated September 21, 2022

As of 9.21.2022, new satellites are no longer being accredited by ACPE

Updated April 13, 2022

The policy for Appeal of Adverse Decisions of the Commission has been updated to reflect new regulatory requirements.

Updated April 11, 2022

Clarification of a requirement in Standard 4

C. Process and mechanisms for communicating policies, curriculum, and program expectations to students and to the general public, including its accredited status. All statements in advertising, catalogs, publications, recruiting, and academic calendars shall be accurate at the time of publication. Publications that advertise a center’s programs shall include the type(s) and level(s) of education offered and the ACPE telephone number and website address.

Updated December 3, 2021

The 6 Year Site Visit Plan has been updated to clarify various aspects of the process.

Updated August 11, 2021

Clarification of the process for Applying for Provisional Accreditation (New programs, satellites, and component sites).

Clarification of the requirements for the center’s grievance/complaint process:

The item now reads: C. Grievance/Complaint process for the local center that includes links to ACPE processes as indicated below. While ACPE recommends that complaints and grievances be addressed at the local level, center policies must indicate that a student may file a complaint directly with ACPE .

Updated August 3, 2021

Clarification of ACPE’s policy related to non-ACPE Accredited Programs/Clinical Placements in ACPE Accredited Centers

Updated June 25, 2021

Update to Year 3 of the Accreditation Cycle.

Update to Items that must be included in the center’s portfolio for Standard 4, item #2.

The item now reads:
A detailed listing of any complaints filed locally within the center and how each was resolved. Include any educational complaints filed with ACPE, but do not include any ethical complaints filed against a center educator directly with ACPE.

Updated January 26, 2020

Update to the language in Clinical Placement Agreement requirements:

The ACPE Certified Educator(s) and student(s) must be authorized to function in the clinical site (language to provide spiritual care was removed from this line).

Updated September 14, 2020

Important update to Standard 4:

The following item required as part of a center’s portfolio was added: A detailed listing of any complaints filed within the center and how each was resolved.

Updated June 5, 2020

Added a page to clarify the process of moving from an Accredited Member to a System Center

Updated February 28, 2020

Maintenance and Renewal of Accreditation – The Year 3 Mid-Cycle has been updated.
Year 3 – Mid-Cycle
Consists of a Comprehensive Portfolio Review and a one person, peer consultation. The purpose is to offer collegial and collaborative consultation on aspects of the center’s program. Peer consultants are local volunteers who are assigned by the Accreditation Commissioner, with input from the center. The local educator will add a reflection on the consultation to the center’s portfolio.

Standard 3 – Educational Resources has been updated to include the requirement for private office space for educators to provide supervision and support for students.

Standard 4 – Management of CPE Programs has been updated with the following:
B. Alignment of the center’s policies and procedures with ACPE Policies and Procedures, including the requirement that an ACPE Certified Educator or Associate ACPE Certified Educator must be employed by the center to oversee the program.

Updated February 17, 2020

Clinical Placements and Agreements: The clinical placement agreement must be completed/signed PRIOR to students beginning their work at at site.

Updated January 8, 2020

Clarification of Standard 4 for the requirements for hyperlinks in the Student Handbook.

Updated December 5, 2019

The Objectives and Outcomes for Level I/Level II CPE have been reformatted for clarity.

Updated August 5, 2019

Clarification of item #6 under Standard 1

6. Summary results of the evaluation process of a unit that utilized video conferencing for regular student engagement, including student feedback specific to video conferencing and the Center’s own evaluation of the effectiveness, strengths, and limitations of the modality as an educational tool.

Updated Commission Actions section related to the addition of Satellites/Component Sites

Added a new section for Component Sites

Updated July 16, 2019

6 Year Site Visit Plan

Details about the 6 Year Site Visit have been added.

Updated July 9, 2019

End of Unit Evaluations

The following item was added:

Students must write a final self-evaluation at the conclusion of the unit.

Guide for Student Records has been clarified with the following:

ACPE requires that:

  1. The center retain the following items indefinitely:
    1. The application face sheet
    2. The Use of Clinical Materials Consent Form
  2. The center retain the following items from the student record for ten (10) years:
    1. Certified Educator’s end of unit evaluation
    2. The student’s response to the end of unit evaluation, if submitted
    3. The student’s self-evaluation.

Updated June 12, 2019

Self-Study Requirements have been revised

Updated as of April 22, 2019

Types of Accreditation

This section offers a clarification of three categories of accreditation, incorporating the previous section of System Centers. Includes the section on Satellite Programs, which has been revised.

Maintenance and Renewal of Accreditation (Revisions)

  1. Year 1, Year 2, Year 4, Year 5
    In each of these years, centers will have a review of their Dashboard and a Focused Portfolio Review. These reviews are conducted by volunteer committee members, with reports submitted to the Accreditation Commission. The Focused Portfolio Review is a review of a particular component of the center’s portfolio. The Accreditation Commission will determine on an annual basis which Portfolio components will be examined in a given year. The Commission shall provide centers with a minimum of six months notice of the focus of the next year’s review. Please note that although only a portion of the portfolio will be officially reviewed, the entire portfolio must be available to the Accreditation Commission at any time.
  1. Year 3 – Mid-Cycle
    Consists of a Comprehensive Portfolio Review and a one person, peer site visit. The purpose of the peer site visit is to offer collegial and collaborative consultation on aspects of the center’s program, but with a focus on its accreditation materials in the center’s portfolio. Peer site visitors are trained, local volunteers who are assigned by the Accreditation Commissioner, with input from the center. The site visitor will document their visit for the center and this will become a part of the center’s portfolio.

Requests for Review Postponements – Revised for clarity

Transitions in Centers – This section was previously called Inactive Status

Registration of Student Units – The last date for registration of student units was changed from 14 to 21 to coincide with the 21 day time period for end of unit evaluations.

Clinical Placements and Agreements – Revised

Educational Placements and Agreements – Revised

Defining a Unit or a Half-Unit of CPE

Revision to the supporting document for Educator Workload