Other Accreditation Questions
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.
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.
For the latest policy and procedure updates, as well as actions taken at recent CoA meetings, please visit the CoA Update.
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, 817KB).
The complaint procedure is highlighted under Section 3 of the AOP. The CoA can ONLY review complaints against programs that are currently accredited. Download the appropriate accreditation complaint form:
Policies regarding provision of third-party testimony can be found under Section 4 of the AOP. The CoA can accept third-party testimony on programs that are currently accredited AND on those applying for initial accreditation.
View the list of programs scheduled for periodic review during the upcoming year.
View a list of programs that have applied for initial accreditation.
Please contact the Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation with any questions regarding either process.
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
Office of Graduate and Postgraduate Education and Training
Contact this APA office for questions about general graduate education or master’s-level programs in psychology.
Graduate Study in Psychology/Graduate Study Online
Utilize this APA publication or online program for researching information on graduate programs in psychology.
Contact this APA office for questions about educational requirements for becoming an APA member.
Psychology education & training organizations
Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC)
Contact APPIC with questions about the national internship match process, the APPIC Directory or forming a new internship/residency program.
Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB)
Contact ASPPB with questions about requirements to practice psychology in a given state or to locate contact information for a specific state licensure board.
Higher education & accreditation organizations
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 First Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979
Fax: (202) 336-5978