Certificate Program Accreditation Overview

Make Your Certificate Mean More… to Potential Students, to Certificate Holders, to Employers, and to Regulators

In the ANSI Certificate Accreditation Program, ANSI-CAPTM, ANSI assesses and accredits certificate programs as conforming to the requirements of ANSI/ASTM E-2659, the accreditation standard. In ANSI-CAPTM, ANSI conducts an assessment of an organization's certificate program to determine compliance with the accreditation standard, which contains requirements for a certificate program attesting to (among other requirements) an instructional design plan, valid and reliable assessment of intended learning outcomes, a passing standard established through a criterion-referenced method, and a system to monitor and manage the use of the certificate. The accreditation standard also sets forth requirements related to the certificate program's organizational structure and administration, management (including required policies and procedures), records and document control systems. Organizations that participate in ANSI-CAPTM will develop or increase their understanding of the accreditation standard's requirements, and through such understanding, continually improve their organizations.

Employers and Regulators Care about ANSI Accreditation

Several industries and a number of government agencies already require ANSI accredited certificates for their new hires-and many are considering similar requirements.

The Accreditation Process Assures Program Quality-and Certificate Value

ANSI-CAPTM is based on an American National Standard, ANSI/ASTM E2659, Standard Practice for Certificate Programs. The standard requires that your program meets predefined industry requirements for content, follows predetermined processes, includes constant feedback for quality improvement, and much more. ANSI's accreditation process itself follows ISO/IEC 17011, the International Standard that defines quality third-party accreditation practices.

Accreditation Puts Your Program in front of Your Competition

ANSI accreditation will signify that the certificate holder has completed a prescribed course of study designed specifically to meet predefined industry requirements-and that your organization has met, and continues to meet, standards for quality improvement. Will your competitors be able to say the same?

Why Choose Accreditation from ANSI for Your Certificate Programs?

ANSI is the official U.S. representative to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and, via the U.S. National Committee, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), and is a U.S. representative to the International Accreditation Forum (IAF). ANSI accreditation is nationally and internationally recognized as a mark of quality and assures that employers can have confidence that the certificate holder has completed the prescribed course of study.

Your Certificate Program plus ANSI Accreditation…
Documenting Excellence in Education and Training

More Information:

For more information, contact:

Turan Ayvaz
Director, Certificate Accreditation
Certificate Accreditation Program (ANSI-CAP)
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
1899 L St, NW, 11th Floor
Washington, DC 20036
Tel: 202.331.3635