Guide to Accreditation

2023 AAQEP Guide - click to download

The Guide to AAQEP Accreditation provides comprehensive information on the AAQEP process to support member programs as they seek accreditation or reaccreditation. It also serves as a resource for volunteer peer reviewers and decision makers.

It describes AAQEP's standards and aspects, evidence consideration and priorities, the accreditation process, the Quality Assurance Report (self-study), the review process, and definitions of key terms. (If you’re looking for policies, you can find them here.)

The Guide is an operating manual that is updated periodically. With each edition, AAQEP publishes a summary of the latest changes, and no changes or policies take effect until they are published. 

The preface of each Guide edition indicates the period of time it may be used for quality assurance reviews (generally 3 to 4 years from the publication date). Quality Assurance Reports must specify which version of the Guide was used to ensure reviewers have a common reference point. Past editions are linked below.

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Prior Editions