There are many different ways to prepare for core accreditation, based on your PRSS program’s unique characteristics, and based on the results of the Accreditation Readiness Self-assessment. However, there are a few key tasks, described below, that each program needs to do to prepare for accreditation.
If you haven’t already:
- Form your Accreditation Coordinating Committee (ACC). Put together a working group that will work on tasks, assess practices, help prepare, and generally manage the work of getting accredited. One member of the team should be designated as the your Point of Contact (PoC); this person will serve as the primary contact with CAPRSS.
Other key tasks:
- Download a PDF copy of the Candidacy Application Checklist. It lists of all the documents that your program will submit to apply for candidacy. Use the form to identify and begin to collect key information for application.
- With your ACC, take a careful look at the standards, criteria, and elements of performance—and use resources and assessment tools to make sure you are ready in each area.
- Discuss the accreditation process with key stakeholders. The CAPRSS accreditation process will engage not just staff and peer leaders but also peers, board members, community partners, and other key stakeholders. Let the know that you are pursuing accreditation, and how they can help.