The timeline for achieving full-organization accreditation takes on average 12-18 months. There are multiple variables that affect this timeline depending on the type of organization and existing resources and processes currently in place. To get an idea of the various milestones and timing for first-time accreditees, check out our Site Visit Date Calculator.
This depends on the type and size of the organization. For most organizations there are the application, accreditation, and site visit fees. If you are a member of one of our Sponsoring Organizations, you are eligible for a 25% discount off your accreditation fee.
As always, our standards remain free and are openly available to review at any time.
Contact us directly if you are looking for private, public, or military family readiness program accreditation fee information.
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While there is overlap, accreditation, licensing, and certification are not interchangeable terms – they each have a unique meaning and implication.
Individuals are often licensed by their respective state to practice counseling, social work, psychology, or nursing. Organizations may need to be licensed in order to provide a specific service such as services for substance use disorders or residential treatment. Practitioners and programs are required to be licensed or face penalties, including suspension or closing of the agency.
Certifications at the organizational level can definitely vary, including the terminology. Some structured evidence-based models require certification. In these cases, the certification can be called “authorized provider” or “approved site.”
COA accredits the full continuum of child welfare, behavioral health, and community-based social and human services. We currently accredit more than 1600 organizations and programs serving more than 7 million individuals and families.
We have separate accreditation programs for private organizations, public agencies, Canadian organizations, military family readiness programs, child and youth development programs, and adoption home study programs.
We’ve had a number of organizations report that they find the Performance and Quality Improvement (PQI) process challenging. Not to worry–we have a robust cache of tools and resources available to help guide you through the process. We even created a whiteboard video that explains PQI in 90 seconds.
We are glad you asked. Finding the right fit for your organization is paramount. We’ve created this handy comparison guide to help better inform your decision.
It all starts with a conversation about what accreditation takes and which accreditation program will be right for you. Simply fill out our contact form and we’ll be in touch.