Accreditation Status Designations

Basis for TEAC accreditation status Status designations (term*)
Eligibility standards met Candidate** (5 years)
Continuing Inquiry Brief standards met Accreditation (7 years)
Inquiry Brief standards met Accreditation (7 years)
Inquiry Brief standards partially met Accreditation (2 years)
Inquiry Brief Proposal standards met Initial accreditation*** (5 years)
Inquiry Brief Proposal standards partially met Initial accreditation (2 years)
If Inquiry Brief or Inquiry Brief Proposal standards are not met, the program is denied an accreditation status.
* Time before a new Inquiry Brief must be submitted. Term is conditional upon submission of an acceptable annual report, no adverse actions due to complaints or substantive changes, and payment of annual dues
** Candidate status is renewable only if the program continues to meet eligibility requirements and has begun the process of submitting a Brief.
*** Initial Accreditation is a one-time only status that is limited to five years.