What Is Accreditation?

Accreditation is a process by which educational programs or institutions are reviewed to determine if they meet certain standards of quality. Accredited status is not permanent; it has to be renewed through periodic review.

Academic accreditation is voluntary and decentralized; it is carried out by many non-governmental, non-profit organizations. Academic accreditation typically involves an external quality review by a team of professional experts from academe or industry who volunteer to contribute their professional knowledge and experience to quality assurance and improvements for education.

What Is CIPS Accreditation?

CIPS accreditation is not a ranking system; rather, it is a form of quality assurance, declaring to the professional community and to the world at large, that a program meets the quality standards set by the profession.

CIPS accreditation applies to programs only, not degrees, departments, colleges, institutions, or individuals.

How Does a Program Achieve CIPS Accreditation?

A program achieves CIPS accreditation when it complies with the¬†criteria, policies, and procedures upon which a CIPS review is based. The CIPS accreditation review process typically takes 12 months to complete, starting with a program’s formal request for a CIPS review.


Please contact the Accreditation Secretariat.