Self-Paced Trainings: for those who want flexibility

Choose from a variety of free, pre-recorded lessons 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and take them at your own pace.

Our self-paced trainings provide a brief and informative overview of some of the most important aspects of the accreditation process. Benefits include:

  • Convenient 24/7 availability—access training when you want from the location you prefer.
  • Control over your learning pace—whether you want to dedicate 10 minutes or several hours, you decide how long you want to focus on a training topic.
  • A wide range of training topics—choose from a variety of topics related to the accreditation process such as the standards, the Self-Study and the Site Visit.
  • They’re free—all self-paced trainings are available at no cost offering excellent value for those with lean training budgets. 

Visit the training calendar to sign up for any of the self-paced trainings detailed below. 

An Introduction to COA Accreditation

This introductory self-paced training provides an overview of the Council on Accreditation and the accreditation process.

The Format and Structure of COA’s Accreditation Standards

This course is designed for anyone who wants to understand how COA’s accreditation standards are structured and what other standards-related content is available using Organizations and programs will find this to be a helpful reference at any time throughout the accreditation process.

COA Accreditation: Getting Started

This training is designed primarily for individuals who serve as Primary Contacts, responsible for managing their organization's or program's efforts towards becoming accredited. after completing this course you should  be able to:

  1. Summarize the first steps of how you can get started with becoming COA accredited. 
  2. Describe the respective roles of your COA Accreditation Coordinator and your organization's designated  Primary Contact.
  3. Utilize the recommended and available tools that prepare you for accreditation.

Assessing Your Practices Against COA’s Standards

This self-paced course is designed for staff who are responsible for reviewing the COA standards and comparing them to administrative and program practices to determine what if any steps need to be taken to meet the standards. We highly recommend that you view both the "COA Accreditation: Getting Started" self-paced training and "The Format & Structure of COA's Accreditation Standards" self-paced training before viewing this training.

Submitting Self-Study Evidence

This self-paced course walks through the steps involved with uploading Self-Study Evidence and submitting your completed Self-Study to COA using your MyCOA portal. This training was developed in partnership with Relias Learning, COA’s online training partner.

Preparing for the Site Visit 

This self-paced course with audio narration covers the steps leading up to the Site Visit including how you can prepare your staff and key logistics that should be addressed prior to the Review Team’s arrival. This training was developed in partnership with Relias Learning, COA’s online training partner. 

Overview of the Site Visit 

This self-paced course is designed for an organization or program’s primary contact and any members of the accreditation committee.  The recommended pre-requisites for this course are “An Introduction to COA Accreditation” and “COA Accreditation: Getting Started”. This self-paced training provides an overview of Site Visit events and activities including the record review, entrance and exit meetings, program observation visits and interviews with stakeholders.




Private Organization Accreditation

Family Services of Southeast Texas strengthens families through accessible, affordable counseling services and education for issues affecting family life, mental health and employment.  We also provide comprehensive domestic violence shelter and support services.


Brewer-Porch Children's Center

James W. Thompson, Executive Director

The COA standards as applied to the operations at Brewer-Porch Children’s Center at The University of Alabama has given the administration an opportunity to examine best practice and improve the quality of care provided to clients.
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