Who does COA accredit?

COA accredits the full continuum of social and human services.

These include:

  • Child, youth, and family services
  • Behavioral health services
  • Aging services
  • Homeless services
  • Services for persons with developmental disabilities
  • Residential services
  • Financial education and counseling services
  • Employee assistance services
  • Additional social services

COA does not accredit certification programs, training curricula, or services that require skilled nursing. Find in-depth information about our eligibility criteria here.

Not sure if what you offer fits? Send us a message, and we’ll be happy to help you out!

OUR ACCREDITATION PROGRAMS

All our accreditation programs offer:

  • 4-year accreditation*
  • A dedicated Accreditation Coordinator who serves as your single point of contact and helps you throughout the process
  • A user-friendly, online system for project management and working through your accreditation process
  • Free access to our standards, trainings, and other accreditation materials
  • Multiple opportunities to demonstrate your implementation of the standards through documentation, on-site reviews, and post Site Visit follow-ups
  • Complimentary resources to help you promote your accreditation and solicit funding

*Except for opioid treatment programs, which are mandated by SAMHSA to be accredited for 3 years

Read on to find out how the accreditation programs differ and which might be applicable to you.

PRIVATE ORGANIZATION ACCREDITATION

Most of the organizations that COA accredits fall under the private organization umbrella. These organizations can expect:

Full-organization accreditation.

We will conduct an in-depth review of all of your services that we have standards for, as well as your administration and management practices. Learn about the benefits of that approach here.

For organizations that:

  • Offer social or human services.
  • Are in the U.S.
  • Are a nonprofit or for-profit organization.

For organizations that:

  • Offer social or human services.
  • Are in the U.S.
  • Are a nonprofit or for-profit organization.

Full-organization accreditation.

We will conduct an in-depth review of all of your services that we have standards for, as well as your administration and management practices. Learn about the benefits of that approach here.

The process to take 12-18 months.

We want you to put in the time to do things right and make your accreditation a success. Plan ahead for your Site Visit with our Site Visit Date Calculator.

Contact us for private organization fee information. Costs vary based on your organization’s size, services, and site locations. We recommend amortizing the fees over the four-year award when comparing costs to other accreditors.

PUBLIC AGENCY ACCREDITATION

We are proud to accredit county, local, municipality, and state-administered human service agencies. These agencies can expect:

Full-organization accreditation.

We will conduct an in-depth review of all of your services that we have standards for, as well as your administration and management practices. Learn about the benefits of that approach here.

For agencies that:

  • Offer social or human services.
  • Are in the U.S.
  • Are a government agency.

For agencies that:

  • Offer social or human services.
  • Are in the U.S.
  • Are a government agency.

Full-organization accreditation.

We will conduct an in-depth review of all of your services that we have standards for, as well as your administration and management practices. Learn about the benefits of that approach here.

The (customizable) process to take 12-24 months.

This is dependent on the type and size of your agency, priorities, resources, and implementation needs. Timelines are customizable and built to suit your agency’s needs, to allow time for your stakeholders to get actively involved, and to support realistic and sustainable change in policy and practice.

Click here for public agency fee information. Costs vary based on your agency’s size and services. We have different payment plan options available for public agencies.

CANADIAN ORGANIZATION ACCREDITATION

COA is happy to accredit nonprofit, for-profit, and government agency social and human service organizations based in Canada. As with our private organizations, these entities can expect:

For organizations that:

  • Offer social or human services.
  • Are in Canada.

For organizations that:

  • Offer social or human services.
  • Are in Canada.

Full-organization accreditation.

We will conduct an in-depth review of all of your services that we have standards for, as well as your administration and management practices. Learn about the benefits of that approach here.

The process to take 12-18 months.

We want you to put in the time to do things right and make your accreditation a success. Plan ahead for your Site Visit with our Site Visit Date Calculator.

Contact us for Canadian organization fee information. Costs vary based on your organization’s size, services, and site locations. We recommend amortizing the fees over the four-year award when comparing costs to other accreditors.

CHILD & YOUTH DEVELOPMENT ACCREDITATION

Those that offer only early childhood education, out of school time, or youth development services can expect:

A choice between program-specific or full-organization accreditation.

If you want full-organization accreditation, you can choose between a standard or extended review. View or download more information on our child and youth development accreditation options here.

The process to take 9-12 months for individual programs, or 12-18 months for organizations.

We want you to put in the time to do things right and make your accreditation a success.

For organizations or programs that:

  • Are in the U.S.
  • Offer only early childhood education, out of school time, or youth development services.

For organizations or programs that:

  • Are in the U.S.
  • Offer only early childhood education, out of school time, or youth development services.

The process to take 9-12 months for individual programs, or 12-18 months for organizations.

We want you to put in the time to do things right and make your accreditation a success.

A choice between program-specific or full-organization accreditation.

If you want full-organization accreditation, you can choose between a standard or extended review. View or download more information on our child and youth development accreditation options here.

Click here for child and youth development fee information (applicable to both program-specific and organizational accreditation).

MILITARY FAMILY READINESS ACCREDITATION

COA is proud to have been designated by the Department of Defense (DoD) to accredit programs that offer military family readiness services. We created this accreditation program in collaboration with the DoD, as well as military and other national human service experts. Programs can expect:

For programs that:

  • Offer U.S. military family readiness services.

For programs that:

  • Offer U.S. military family readiness services.

Program-specific accreditation.

We will conduct an in-depth review of all of your services that we have standards for, as well as your administration and management practices. Learn about the benefits of that approach here.

The process to take 9-12 months.

We want you to put in the time to do things right and make your accreditation a success.

Ready to take the next step?

Contact us about becoming accredited today.