Accreditation Process at a Glance

The following steps are to be followed for seeking an initial or renewal of accreditation:

1. Review and become familiar with COAMFTE Accreditation Standards, Policies & Procedures

2. Attend Accreditation Workshop and Online Accreditation Webinars

  • Review Training Schedule

3. Prepare to Write a Self-Study

  • Carefully analyze, collect and review your program’s mission, goals, outcomes and data in relation to COAMFTE Eligibility Criteria and Accreditation Standards
  • Some Programs choose to get assistance from a Consultant (contact COAMFTE at for a list of consultants)

4. Submit Letter of Intent

  • Submit six months before submitting Eligibility Criteria materials

5. Submit Eligibility Criteria 

6. Eligibility Criteria Review

  • Eligibility Criteria will be reviewed for compliance of each key prerequisite to to ensure they are in place before proceeding further in the accreditation process

7. Submit Self-Study

8. Self-Study Review

  • COAMFTE Staff reviews Self-Study for formatting and submission requirements
  • COAMFTE Commission Reviews Self-Study for compliance with Standards

9. On-Site Team Visit

  • Site Visit Report sent to Program 45 days after visit

10. Program Response

  • Program submits Response to Site Visit Report 30 days after receipt

11. Commission Review

  • Commission reviews the program’s Self-Study, Site Visit Report, Program's Response to the Site Visit Report, and any additional documentation
  • Program receives Action Letter from Commission 30 days after Commission Meeting

12. Annual Report and Accreditation Maintenance