1) What is the cost of accreditation?
The application fee is $2000 payable to the MPCAC office. Site visitor expenses are the responsibility of the applicant program. The annual fee for accredited programs is $300.
2) Who makes the accreditation decision?
Upon receipt of an application an Accreditation Review Committee (ARC) is formed. The chair of the ARC forwards the names of two proposed site visitors for program approval. Following review of the submitted materials and the site visit, the ARC makes an accreditation recommendation to the appropriate accreditation committee (MCAC or MPAC). After review of the ARC recommendation, the committee forwards its recommendation to the MPCAC Council. That body reviews the recommendation and makes a decision regarding accreditation. The MPCAC Chair notifies the program of the accreditation decision.
3) What happens if my program receives less than 10 years accreditation?
Your accreditation duration will be specified in your accreditation letter, which will also list any stipulations that must be addressed before the accreditation period will be extended. If the MPCAC Council determines that you have met all stipulations the accreditation period may be extended to the end of the original 10 year timeframe. For example, if your program is awarded 4 years of accreditation with two stipulations, you may demonstrate that you have met the stipulations anytime before the expiration of the initial accreditation period. Six additional years of accreditation would then be added so that your final accreditation period is a total of 10 years.