LEARN ABOUT BECOMING ACCREDITED
Becoming accredited means an organization has conducted a thorough self-assessment and compared themselves to recognized benchmarks of best practice. Accreditation means that the organization, agency, or program was able to demonstrate evidence of implementation to all relevant benchmarks.
Accreditation is a rigorous process conducted by a third-party organization such as the National Accrediting Commission for Diversity and Inclusion™.
Application submission deadlines occur four times per year:
The accreditation process takes 3 – 5 months to complete from the time the application is submitted to the time the applicant receives official notification of the accreditation decision. Each separate location of an organization will be considered a linked application. Linked applications incur designated fees and addendum reports. Your accreditation liaison will be able to explain the process for linked applications in more detail.
There are fees associated with accreditation by the National Accrediting Commission for Diversity and Inclusion: application fees, initial accreditation fees, annual report fees and re-affirmation fees. There are two types of fees: fees for members or non-members. Fees must be paid when submitting initial applications, annual reports or re-accreditation applications.
Applicants will receive official notification of the status of their program(s) within 4 – 6 months following their application submission. Notifications are sent via email to the designated accreditation organizational leader. NACDI staff cannot provide accreditation decisions over the phone.
Annual report forms are available to organizations with accredited programs beginning in January each year, to be completed by the anniversary date of their initial accreditation each year, via the accreditation portal