What are the Implementing Regulations?

The Commission on Accreditation makes policy statements in an effort to help programs better understand how the Commission is interpreting aspects of its Standards of Accreditation (SoA). The CoA revises and adopts new Implementing Regulations on a regular basis. Please visit our Policies and Procedures page for the latest full version of the Implementing Regulations.

Which groups recognize CoA’s activities?

The Commission on Accreditation (CoA) is recognized as a specialized accreditor by the U.S. Secretary of Education for the accreditation in the United States of doctoral programs in clinical, counseling, school and combined health service psychology, doctoral internship programs in health service psychology and postdoctoral residency programs in health service psychology.

The CoA is also recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation ffor the accreditation of doctoral programs in clinical, counseling, school and combined health service psychology; doctoral internship programs in health service psychology; and postdoctoral residency programs in health service psychology.

The CoA is a member in good standing of the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors.

What’s new in accreditation?

For the latest policy and procedure updates, as well as actions taken at recent CoA meetings, please visit the CoA Update.

What is the complaint procedure? How can I provide third-party testimony?

There are currently two options that exist to convey information to the Commission on Accreditation (CoA) regarding a program: Either the filing of a formal complaint or the provision of third-party testimony. Both procedures are outlined in the Accreditation Operating Procedures (AOP) (PDF, 524KB).

Please contact the Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation with any questions regarding either process.

What are some related organizations?

We commonly receive inquiries from the public that are better directed to one of the following organizations/resources. Their links are provided below for your convenience.

APA offices and resources
Psychology education & training organizations
Higher education & accreditation organizations
How can I contact the office?

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
Education Directorate
American Psychological Association
750 First Street NE
Washington, DC 20002

Phone: (202) 336-5979
Fax: (202) 336-5978
Email