List of recognized higher education accreditation organizations
This is a list of recognized higher education related accreditation organizations. The list includes agencies and organizations that play a role in higher education accreditation and which are recognized by the appropriate governmental authorities.
- 1 International
- 2 Europe
- 3 Ghana
- 4 Hong Kong
- 5 India
- 6 Malaysia
- 7 Nepal
- 8 New Zealand
- 9 Nicaragua
- 10 Pakistan
- 11 United Arab Emirates
- 12 United States
- 13 See also
- 14 Notes
- 15 References
The International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE) is a global association of quality assurance organizations, both governmental and non-governmental. It was founded in 1991 with 8 member organizations and now has over 280. It defines its role as "to promote and advance excellence in higher education through the support of an active international community of quality assurance agencies". Its membership list is available online.
The United States-based Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) (a non-governmental organization) maintains an International Directory which "contains contact information about 467 quality assurance bodies, accreditation bodies and Ministries of Education in 175 countries. The quality assurance and accreditation bodies have been authorized to operate by their respective governments either as agencies of the government or as private (nongovernmental) organizations."
The European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) disseminates information, experiences and good practices in the field of quality assurance (QA) in higher education to QA agencies, public authorities and higher education institutions in the European Higher Education Area. It is a membership organization, comprising 51 agencies in 28 countries, and was established in 2000 following a recommendation from the Council of the European Union in 1998.
The European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR) was established by ENQA, the European Students' Union (ESI), the European University Association (EUA) and the European Association of Institutions in Higher Education (EURASHE) – the European representative bodies of quality assurance agencies, students, universities and other higher education institutions – to increase the transparency of quality assurance in higher education across Europe. EQAR publishes and manages a register of quality assurance agencies that substantially comply with the European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance (ESG) to provide the public with clear and reliable information on quality assurance agencies operating in Europe. The register is web-based and freely accessible.
ENIC – NARIC comprises all countries of Europe (including the Holy See and thus all Pontifical Universities worldwide) as well as Australia, Canada, Israel, the United States of America and New Zealand. The website also provides information on the higher education systems of the member countries and the accreditation agencies
To implement the Lisbon Recognition Convention and, in general, to develop policy and practice for the recognition of qualifications, the Council of Europe and UNESCO have established the ENIC Network (European Network of National Information Centres on academic recognition and mobility). The Council of Europe and UNESCO/CEPES jointly provide the Secretariat for the ENIC Network. The ENIC Network cooperates closely with the NARIC Network of the European Union. The Network is made up of the national information centres of the States party to the European Cultural Convention or the UNESCO Europe Region. An ENIC is a body set up by the national authorities. While the size and specific competence of ENIC may vary, they will generally provide information on: – the recognition of foreign diplomas, degrees and other qualifications; – education systems in both foreign countries and the ENIC’s own country; – opportunities for studying abroad, including information on loans and scholarships, as well as advice on practical questions related to mobility and equivalence.
The NARIC (National Academic Recognition Information Centre) network is an initiative of the European Commission and was created in 1984. The network aims at improving academic recognition of diplomas and periods of study in the Member States of the European Union (EU) countries, the European Economic Area (EEA) countries and Turkey. The network is part of the Community's Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP), which stimulates the mobility of students and staff between higher education institutions in these countries. All member countries have designated national centres, the purpose of which is to assist in promoting the mobility of students, teachers and researchers by providing authoritative advice and information concerning the academic recognition of diplomas and periods of study undertaken in other States. The main users of this service are higher education institutions, students and their advisers, parents, teachers and prospective employers. The NARICs were designated by the Ministries of Education in the respective countries, but the status and the scope of work of individual NARICs may differ. In the majority of States, institutions of higher education are autonomous, taking their own decisions on the admission of foreign students and the exemption of parts of courses of study programmes that students may be granted on the basis of education undertaken abroad. As a result, most NARICs do not take a decision, but offer on request information and advice on foreign education systems and qualifications.
The Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany (Kultusministerkonferenz or KMK) was founded in 1948 by an agreement between the states of the Federal Republic of Germany. Among its core responsibilities, the KMK ensures quality development and continuity in tertiary education. Bachelor and Master programs must be accredited in accordance to a resolution of the Kultusministerkonerenz.
The Foundation for the Accreditation of Study Programs in Germany or Accreditation Council (Akkreditierungsrat) was created in a KMK resolution on October 15, 2004. The Accreditation Council certifies accreditation agencies and establishes guidelines and criteria for program and system accreditation. There are currently ten certified agencies.
- AHPGS – Accreditation Agency for Study Programs in Special Education, Care, Health Sciences and Social Work
- AKAST – Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation of Canonical Study Programs
- ACQUIN – Accreditation, Certification and Quality Assurance Institute
- AQAS – Agency for Quality Assurance by Accreditation of Study Programs
- AQ Austria – Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria
- ASIIN – Accreditation Agency for Degree Programs in Engineering, Informatics/Computer Science, the Natural Sciences and Mathematics
- evalag – Evaluation Agency Baden-Württemberg
- FIBAA – Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation
- OAQ – Swiss Center of Accreditation and Quality Assurance in Higher Education
- ZEvA – Central Evaluation- and Accreditation Agency
These agencies accredit programs of study for Bachelor and master's degrees and quality management systems (system accreditation) from state or state recognized Higher Education institutions in Germany and abroad. AKAST only accredit programs of study.
Since at least 1933 ( "R.D. 31 agosto 1933, n. 1592.",Law of higher education) the italian state controls the use of the name "Universita" for an institution. This law, and successive modifications, report a list on University, Schools, budget and human resources for each University. Table D, and successive modifications, reports the exact number of lecturer for each University and School. The Universities were under the control of Government and Parlament, e.g. all new lecturerships must be established by law. The Law "8_marzo_1999,_n._50" (called Bassanini Quater) delegate to the Minister of University and Investigation the supervision of Universities. The system [CITATION NEEDED] involves two separate but correlated programs that were instituted at the same time: First, each University went through a four-step process to adopt and approve its own Regolamenti Didattici di Ateneo (RDA). The RDA establishes the rules for the organization of teaching at the university, including establishing the requirements and objectives of each degree program, the curricula, credits awarded and requirements and objectives of examinations. The RDA's were developed in consultation with representatives of the individual university, the regional coordinating committee (CRC), employers and the National University Council and are ultimately approved by the Ministry of Education (MIUR). Second, a series of formal, objective standards was adopted as minimum requirements for approval of any programs.
In addition, there are other forms of accreditation in Italy. These include: (i) accreditation of degree programs in engineering by the Council of Presidents of the Italian Faculties of Engineering called SINAI, a national system for accrediting such programs; (ii) accreditation of MBA programs by the independent agency, Association for Business Management Training (ASFOR)and (iii) a program for accreditation of non-state university programs, which, since 1996, as involved a process of formal legal approval, involving an independent review by the National Committee for Evaluation of the University System (CNVSU) and then issuance of a formal ministerial decree approving by the issuance of degrees by the university.
In Spain, ANECA or Agencia Nacional de la Evaluación de la Calidad y Acreditación (National Agency for Quality Assessment and Accreditation) is the authorised national body responsible for the quality of the Spanish high education system. It was created as a foundation in 2002 by the Cabinet of Spain under the Organic Law of Universities.
Under the Education Reform Act 1988 it is illegal to offer a degree or qualification that implies it is a degree, unless the institution offering it is authorised by a Royal Charter or by or under an Act of Parliament, or is acting on behalf of an institution so authorised, or the award has been specifically designated by order of the Secretary of State. The government maintains lists of "recognised bodies" that have the right to grant UK degrees, and of "listed bodies" that offer courses validated by a recognised body and leading to degrees of that body. UK institutions offering courses leading to degrees are subject to quality assurance by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA). The QAA is a member of INQAAHE and ENQA. Higher Education Degree Datacheck is the official service for validating British degrees and authenticating universities.
Professional degrees may be accredited by professional, statutory and regulatory bodies to ensure they meet the educational standards for professional licensure; a list of accrediting bodies recognised by the government is maintained by the Higher Education Statistics Agency.
For non-degree qualifications, including courses at the higher education level, there are four public accrediting bodies for the four countries of the United Kingdom. These are:
- Ofqual in England
- Qualifications Wales
- The Council for the Curriculum, Examinations & Assessment in Northern Ireland
- The Scottish Qualifications Authority
All qualifications accredited by these bodies will have a level and a credit value on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (England and Northern Ireland), the Credit and Qualifications Framework for Wales, or the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework. Bodies with accredited qualifications, such as City & Guilds, may themselves accredit education providers to deliver courses leading to these qualifications.
There are, additionally, four bodies offering institutional accreditation for private colleges that are recognized by the UK government for visa purposes:
- The Accreditation Service for International Colleges (ASIC) for independent colleges in UK and colleges and universities worldwide. ASIC is an affiliate of ENQA.
- The British Accreditation Council (BAC) for independent higher education and further education institutions across the UK. BAC is also a member of INQAAHE and ENQA.
- Accreditation UK, part of the British Council (a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), for English language schools only
- The Accreditation Body for Language Services (ABLS) for English language schools
Additionally, the Open and Distance Learning Quality Council (ODLQC) was established by the government in 1969 as the Council for the Accreditation of Correspondence Colleges and took its current name in 1995. It is now an independent body that accredits home study, distance learning and online learning providers.
EduQua – Swiss quality label for further education institutions
It is the Swiss national quality assurance body and the first Swiss quality label geared towards adult continuing education founded in 2000. EduQua is an accreditation body recognized and supported by the Swiss Confederate Government.
The Independent Security Council (ISC), Ghana Medical Association (GMA), Pharmacy Council, and General Legal Council (GLC) are the most notable and recognised professional bodies in Ghana. Though the GMA and GLC may effectively represent the government of Ghana, the Independent Security Council is the official non-governmental Body established with the mandate to provide security training; award and accredit security programs. Unlike the GMA and GLC, the Independent Security Council academically partner with universities with security-focused departments with the aim of offering such universities courses to local citizens.
Other government recognised professional Bodies like Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET), Engineering Council of Ghana, National Board for Professional and Technician Examination, and National Council for Tertiary Education are mandated with level of regulatory status in specific fields of respective practices.
In Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ) conducts accreditation under an ordinance that took effect on 1 October 2007. The former Hong Kong Council for Academic Accreditation was replaced by this new authority. The HKCAAVQ maintains a list of accredited programs and programs accredited by the HKCAAVQ also may be entered into Hong Kong's Qualifications Register.
- Hong Kong Bar Association
- Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications
Universities in India are created constitutionally, through government action. Institutions "which are not established under either Central or State or UGC Act" are labeled "fake universities/vishwavidyalayas" and lack authority to grant degrees.
Recognition or accreditation of courses of study is under the authority of a set of professional councils established by statute and other autonomous coordinative or regulatory bodies established or recognized by the University Grants Commission:
- National Board of Accreditation (NBA)
- Quality Council of India (QCI)
- Distance Education Council (DEC)
- National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE)
- Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR)
- Bar Council of India (BCI)
- Scientific Institute and Research Organizations (SIROs)
- National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE)
- Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI)
- Medical Council of India (MCI)
- Pharmacy Council Of India (PCI)
- Indian Nursing Council (INC)
- National Council for Indian Education (NCIE)
- Dental Council of India (DCI)
- Central Council of Homoeopathy (CCH)
- Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM)
- National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC)
- Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD)
- Association of Indian Universities (AIU)
- Indian Maritime University(IMU)
- Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU)
In Malaysia, the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) is a statutory body to accredit academic programs provided by educational institutions providing post secondary or higher education and facilitate the accreditation and articulation of qualifications.
There are also some other recognized organizations who regulate their specific technical fields, which includes:
- Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM)
- Malaysian Medical Council (MMC)
- Malaysian Dental Council (MDC)
- Pharmacy Board Malaysia
- Malaysian Chinese Medical Associations (MCMA)
- Federation of Chinese Physicians and Acupuncturists Associations Malaysia (FCPAAM)
- Malaysia Nursing Board
- Malaysian Veterinary Council (MVC)
- Malaysian Homeopathic Medical Council (MPHM)
- Board of Architects Malaysia (LAM)
- Board of Quantity Surveyors Malaysia (BQSM)
- Malaysian Bar Council
- Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA)
- Chartered Tax Institute of Malaysia (CTIM)
- Financial Planning Association of Malaysia (FPAM)
- Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers (AICB)
- Malaysian Association of Company Secretaries (MACS)
- The Malaysian Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (MAICSA)
- Board of Valuers, Appraisers & Real Estate Agents Malaysia (LPPEH)
- The Society of Logisticians, Malaysia
Universities in Nepal are established through government action. Four current universities, Four being established universities and Three other technical institutes are recognized by the government body "University grants commission" There are almost 1435 colleges in all over 77 districts in Nepal. The current status of the Quality Assurance & Accredited (QAA) certified higher education institution is 20 college.
- Balkumari College, Chitwan
- Damak Multiple Campus, Jhapa
- Siddhanath Multiple Campus, Kanchanpur
- Lumbini Banijya Campus, Rupandehi
- Kailali Multiple Campus, Kailali
- Makawanpur Multiple Campus, Makawanpur
- Janapriya Multiple Campus, Kaski
- Kathmandu University School of Science
- Kathmandu University School of Engineering
- Sahid Smriti Multiple Campus, Chitwan
- Aadikavi Bhanubhakta Campus, Tanahun
- Tikapur Multiple Campus, Kailali
- Mahendra Ratna Multiple Campus, Illam
- Sukuna Multiple Campus, Morang
- Sindhuli Multiple Campus, Sindhuli
- College of Biomedical Engineering and Applied Sciences, Kathmandu
- Madhyabindu Multiple Campus, Nawalparasi
- Saptagandaki Multiple Campus, Chitwan
- Mahakabi Devkota Campus, Nawalparasi
- Rupandehi Campus, Rupandehi
University Grants Commission (UGC) has circulated a notice to all other colleges to start the process by Mangsir 2079 B.S.
The National Education Policy – 2076 (clause 10. 14) envisions University & Higher Education Council in the chairmanship of Honorable Prime Minister to regulate and supervise higher education policies, universities, and University Grant Commission (UGC).
- The policy clearly outlines some mandatory requirements such as Quality Assurance & Accreditation (QAA) & Education Management Information System (EMIS) for every higher education institution. The policy statements below testify the intensity and direction of the Government of Nepal for higher education institutions.
- Colleges / Universities with lower student enrollment will be merged and human resources of the merged institution will be managed accordingly. (Policy Clause – 10.14.10)
- To ensure quality assurance, a national quality prototype will be prepared and quality measurement will be done through an independent quality assessment mechanism under the Higher Education Commission. Higher education institutions that fail to ensure quality standard as per the given criteria within the specified time period will be closed. (Policy Clause – 10.49.2)
- The quality of educational institutions and agencies providing higher education will be assessed in every five-years interval. (Policy Clause – 10.49.4)
Other than that, the Council For Technical Education and Vocational Training (CTEVT), established in 1989, by the Government of Nepal is the national autonomous apex body of Technical and Vocational Education and Training regulation. There are also some other recognized organizations who regulate their specific technical fields. They are:
- Nepal Engineering Council
- Nepal Nursing Council
- Nepal Medical Council
- Nepal Pharmacy Council
- Nepal Bar Council
The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA).
A university in Nicaragua (public or private) can only be established with evaluation and approval (authorisation) by the National Council of Universities (CNU Consejo Nacional de Universidades) as precursor to being founded by Act of Parliament. Such recognised universities enjoy the full Anglo-Saxon-style autonomy and require no programme accreditations. The National Council of Evaluation and Accreditation (CNEA) is the quality assurance agency. All recognised universities must participate in the quality assurance programme including mandatory auto-evaluation and reporting to CNEA, and may pursue deliberate institutional accreditation by CNEA or an accreditation agency recognised by CNEA. However, CNEA accreditation does only apply to already recognised universities and does not substitute the required CNU authorisation (first accreditation).
In 2003, Canada began helping Pakistan develop an accreditation system. As stated in "Ordinance No. LIII of 2002, Para 10, Clause e", the Higher Education Commission (HEC) may set up national or regional evaluation councils or authorize any existing council or similar body to carry out accreditation of institutions including their departments, facilities and disciplines by giving them appropriate ratings.
- Established under Quality Assurance Agency of HEC
- HEC independent professional bodies
- Pakistan Bar Council (PBC)
- Pakistan Council for Architects and Town Planners (PCATP)
- Pharmacy Council of Pakistan (PCP)
- Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC)
- Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC)
- Pakistan Nursing Council (PNC)
- Pakistan Veterinary Medical Council (PVMC)
- National Council for Homeopathy (NCH)
- National Council for Tibb (NCT)
United Arab Emirates
There are seven regional accreditors involved in higher education accreditation in the United States.
- Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (formerly part of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges)
- Higher Learning Commission (HLC) (formerly part of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA))
- Middle States Commission on Higher Education
- New England Association of Schools and Colleges
- (NEASC-CIHE) Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
- (NEASC-CTCI) Commission on Technical and Career Institutions
- Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
- Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Commission on Colleges
- Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (formerly part of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges)
Additionally, the Board of Regents of the State of New York is recognized as an accreditor for degree-granting institutions of higher education in the state that designate the agency as their sole or primary accrediting agency. New York is the only state that is eligible to be federally recognized as an accreditor under a grandfather clause in federal law that allows recognition for state agencies if they were recognized as accreditors before October 1, 1991. Through a 1984 Charter with the Board of Regents of the State of New York, the New York State Association of Independent Schools provides accreditation for New York independent schools that are pre-K through 12th grade.
The national accreditors get their name from their common (but not universal) practice of accrediting schools nationwide or even worldwide. National accreditation has a weaker reputation than regional accreditation and some regionally-accredited institutions may not recognize transfer credits from nationally-accredited institutions. However, both regional and national accreditors are subject to the same recognition criteria from the Department of Education. Many for-profit (proprietary) colleges are nationally accredited.
- Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) (recognized by USDE)
- Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) (recognized by USDE)
- Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET) (recognized by USDE)
- Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) (recognized by USDE[Note 1] and CHEA)
- Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) (recognized by USDE and CHEA)
- Council on Occupational Education (COE) (recognized by USDE)
These accreditors typically cover a specific program of professional education or training, but in some cases they cover the whole institution. CHEA maintains a list of recognized US programmatic accreditors and the U.S. Department of Education similarly maintains a list of Specialized Accrediting Agencies, covering both programmatic and faith-based accreditors.
- Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly American Dietetic Association Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE-ADA)) (recognized by USDE)
- Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) (recognized by CHEA)
- Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education (ACAE) (recognized by CHEA)
- Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) (recognized by USDE and CHEA)
- Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) (recognized by USDE)
- Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (recognized by USDE)
- Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) (recognized by CHEA)
- Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) (recognized by USDE and CHEA)
- American Optometric Association (AOA) Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE) (recognized by USDE and CHEA)
- Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) (recognized by CHEA)
- Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (recognized by USDE)
- Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC) (recognized by CHEA)
- American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) (recognized by CHEA)
- American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) Council for Accreditation (CFA) (recognized by CHEA)
- American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE) Committee on Accreditation (recognized by USDE and CHEA)
- Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (COAMFTE-AAMFT) (recognized by CHEA)
- Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (CoA) (recognized by USDE and CHEA)
- American Bar Association (ABA) Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar (recognized by USDE)
- American Council for Construction Education (ACCE) (recognized by CHEA)
- American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Inc. Accrediting Commission (ACFEF-AC) (recognized by CHEA)
- American Dental Association (ADA) Commission on Dental Accreditation (recognized by USDE)
- Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) (recognized by CHEA) (American Institute of Certified Planners/Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning)
- American Library Association Committee on Accreditation (ALA-CoA) (recognized by CHEA)
- American Occupational Therapy Association Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (AOTA-ACOTE) (recognized by USDE and CHEA)
- American Osteopathic Association Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) (recognized by USDE)
- American Physical Therapy Association Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (APTA-CAPTE) (recognized by USDE and CHEA)
- American Podiatric Medical Association Council on Podiatric Medical Education (APMA-CPME) (recognized by USDE and CHEA)
- American Psychological Association Committee on Accreditation (APA-CoA) (recognized by USDE and CHEA)
- American Society for Microbiology American College of Microbiology (not recognized by CHEA or USDE)
- American Society of Exercise Physiologists (ASEP) (not recognized by CHEA or USDE)
- Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB) American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) (recognized by CHEA)
- Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA-ASHA) American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (recognized by USDE and CHEA)
- American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Council On Education (COE) (recognized by USDE and CHEA)
- Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE) (recognized by CHEA)
- Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI) (recognized by CHEA)
- Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) (recognized by USDE)
- Association of Institutions of Jewish Studies (recognized by USDE)
- Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) (recognized by CHEA)
- Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) (recognized by CHEA)
- Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) (recognized by CHEA)
- Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) (recognized by CHEA)
- Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) (recognized by CHEA)
- Commission on Opticianry Accreditation (COA) (recognized by CHEA)
- National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT) (recognized by CHEA)
- Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) (recognized by USDE)
- Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA) (recognized by USDE)
- Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (recognized by USDE)
- Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) (recognized by CHEA)
- Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) (recognized by CHEA)
- Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) (recognized by CHEA)
- Council for Standards in Human Service Education (CSHSE) (recognized by CHEA)
- Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) (recognized by USDE and CHEA)
- Council on Education for Public Health (recognized by USDE)
- Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (recognized by USDE)
- Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) Commission on Standards and Accreditation (recognized by CHEA)
- Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Council on Accreditation (recognized by CHEA)
- International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) (recognized by CHEA)
- International Fire Service Accreditation Congress–Degree Assembly (IFSAC–DA) (recognized by CHEA)
- Joint Review Committee on Education Programs in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) (recognized by USDE and CHEA)
- Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology (JRCNMT) (recognized by CHEA)
- Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board American Society of Landscape Architects (LAAB-ASLA) (recognized by CHEA)
- Liaison Committee on Medical Education (recognized by USDE)
- Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (recognized by USDE)
- Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE) (recognized by USDE)
- National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) (recognized by CHEA)
- National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences, Inc. (NACCAS) (recognized by USDE)
- National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) (recognized by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards and state registration boards)
- National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) Commission on Accreditation (recognized by USDE)
- National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD) Commission on Accreditation (recognized by USDE)
- National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) Commission on Accreditation and Commission on Community/Junior College Accreditation (recognized by USDE)
- National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) Commission on Accreditation (recognized by USDE)
- National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC) (recognized by the U.S. Public Health Service)
- Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation (COPRA) (recognized by CHEA)
- Planning Accreditation Board (recognized by CHEA)
- Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS) (recognized by CHEA)
- State Bar of California Committee of Bar Examiners (recognized by the State of California)
National faith-based accreditors
There are four recognized nationwide faith-based accrediting bodies in the United States, all also recognised by the U.S. Department of Education.
- Association of Advanced Rabbinical and Talmudic Schools (AARTS)
- Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS) Commission on Accrediting
- Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) Commission on Accreditation
- Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) Accreditation Commission
- International Association of Universities
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- Central and East European Management Development Association
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