Current Site Visitors
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Transportation: Site visitors are responsible for arranging their own transportation. You are strongly encouraged to use the APA Travel Office to book your flight. If you choose to make your own flight arrangements, be sure to report travel costs on your expense report. If you wish to use any other means of transportation (rental car, etc.) you must receive prior approval from the Accreditation Office.
Hotel: The chair of the site visit team is encouraged to ask the program to suggest a convenient and affordable hotel, and communicate this to the rest of the team. Indicate hotel costs on your expense report and submit it to the Accreditation Office for reimbursement with the paid hotel receipt (zero balance).
All other requests for the reimbursement of additional nights are only approved under extenuating circumstances and need to be approved by the Accreditation Office prior to the visit.
Once all site visitors have accepted their roles for the site visit in the CoA Portal, the Accreditation Office will send an email confirming the visit. In addition to important program-related information, this email will include the APA Travel Office Memo and an Expense Report E-fill form. If you do not receive this confirmation six weeks prior to the site visit, please contact the Accreditation Office.
Upon receipt of this email, all site visit team members will have access to the program’s self-study in the CoA Portal. Programs are no longer responsible for providing a hardcopy version of the self-study report and, therefore, may not have a hardcopy themselves. Site visitors should not expect programs to provide the document outside of the CoA Portal (e.g. PDF, hardcopy). The self-study should be accessed and reviewed within the online system.
The most recent version of the Standard of Accreditation (PDF, 1.24 MB) and the Accreditation Operating Procedures (PDF, 253KB) are available on the accreditation website. Please check the upper right-hand corner of the documents to determine when they were last updated. Hard copies are available from the Accreditation Office upon request.
The most recent version of the Site Visitor Manual (PDF, 2.95MB) is availabale online. If you do not have this version, please contact the Accreditation Office and we will forward a copy to you immediately.
Implementing Regulations (PDF, 934KB — Note: View in Acrobat Reader 9 or later) — Because the Implementing Regulations are updated frequently, they are not available in print form and must be downloaded from the website. Please check the accreditation website regularly for notices of new or revised policies.
Site Visit Report Preparation Sheets (see information outlined in the right column of the page) — If you would like to draft the site visit report outside of the CoA Portal, you may utilize the appropriate report preparation sheet (Doctoral/Internship/Postdoctoral).
Site visitors should structure their reports according to the appropriate Site Visit Report Preparation Sheets (see information in the right column of the page), if they chose to draft the report outside of the CoA Portal. Report preparation sheets for doctoral, internship, and postdoctoral programs are available on the accreditation website.
The report must be submitted through the CoA Portal within 30 days following the site visit.
Site visitors who go on at least two visits during a year will receive aggregate data on their ratings from the programs they visited. Such data is compiled by the Accreditation Office on an annual basis.
Each member of the site visit team will receive access to the program's response to their report and the Commission’s decision (see Implementing Regulation D3-3(b)) after the CoA has made a final decision on that program. Please note that this may be several months or longer after the site visit takes place. Site visitors receive these materials only in the interest of providing feedback on their performance with the intent being to improve future reports. The CoA and Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation do not expect, and will not accept, any responses regarding the contents of these materials from site visitors.
The accredited program listings are updated 30 days after each Commission meeting. You may consult this list on a periodic basis to find out whether the program has received a final decision and its accredited status has been updated. After final decisions have been publicly posted, site visit teams will have access to the program’s response to the site visit report and accreditation decision in the CoA Portal. Once you receive these materials, this indicates that the review is final and that ALL program material is to be destroyed.
Some years you may have many invitations, while other years, you may never receive a call. It is very dependent on your area of expertise and the types of programs up for review. Sometimes this is simply a matter of incorrect information in the site visitor database. The accreditation database is separate from all other APA databases, so please update your site visitor profile in the CoA Portal if your contact information and/or availability changes. If you would like to participate in more visits, please contact the Accreditation Office.
Once you have participated as the second member on three site visits, you are automatically eligible to serve as the chair of a site visit team and may appear on lists as a potential chair. Chair workshops are offered periodically to aid in the transition to site visitor chair, and provide 4.0 CE credits for licensed psychologists. Attending this workshop is encouraged, but not required, to head a site visit team. All upcoming workshops are listed on the Accreditation Workshop Page. If you would be interested in attending such a workshop, please contact the office.
The CoA meets three times per year (Spring/Summer/Fall). Exact dates for the Commission on Accreditation meetings are publicly announced on an annual basis and are available on the "Important Dates" section of the accreditation website. The Commission reviews approximately 70 programs at each meeting for a total of about 210 programs each year.
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