Becoming an APA Site Visitor

The Commission on Accreditation (CoA) is actively recruiting accreditation site visitors. The site visit is an essential and unique step in the accreditation process — site visitors serve a critical role in providing information to the Commission on Accreditation about the quality of educational programs. Site visitors act as the "eyes and ears" of the Commission. It is through the written report of the site visitors that it is possible to verify self-study information and receive a perspective about the program operation that can only be obtained through direct observation. Read the criteria for becoming an accreditation site visitor.

Attend Training

Prior to participating in the site visit process, prospective site visitors must first receive training, for which CE credits are given. Training sessions are frequently held at the annual or biannual meetings of psychology education and training groups, as well as at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association (APA). Training typically consists of a one-day workshop including both didactic and experiential exposure to the Standards of Accreditation (PDF, 222KB) and the role and functions of the site visitor. Check the Upcoming Accreditation Workshops.

The Commission makes a special effort to ensure diversity among site visitors. Therefore, the Commission strongly encourages the nomination of women and members of underrepresented groups.

Submitting a Nomination

The Commission on Accreditation invites nominations of individuals to serve as APA accreditation site visitors who meet the necessary criteria. In submitting a nomination, the nominator should provide a brief statement about why he or she thinks the nominee has the appropriate background and personal qualities to be included in the site visitor pool. Self-nominations are welcome.

Please mail or email statement along with a current CV to:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242

If it is determined you meet the criteria to become an accreditation site visitor, you will receive information regarding upcoming training workshops.

To obtain further details on becoming a site visitor, email Accreditation.