Accreditation Application Process

There are several essential documents to review when considering accreditation of a professional program in athletic training. Pursuing and Maintaining Accreditation of Professional Athletic Training Programs provides step-by-step instructions to professional athletic training programs that wish to pursue or maintain accreditation. The Standards for Accreditation of Professional Athletic Training Programs, (Standards) outline the specific standards that must be met by all accredited programs. Its purpose is to explicitly define the requirements to achieve and maintain CAATE accreditation of professional athletic training programs.

Accreditation is a voluntary, non-governmental peer review process that strives to ensure quality and accountability, and encourage programmatic improvement. By requesting accreditation, the sponsoring institution of the degree program agrees to be assessed against the Standards. The sponsoring institution of an accredited program must comply with these Standards and use them to examine, improve upon, and report on its program’s growth and achievement. Accreditation involves a collegial process of self-review and peer review, involving three major activities:

  • A self-evaluation (self-study) by an institution or program using the Standards found on this website and culminating in submission of a self-study report to the CAATE.
  • A peer review of the self-study and the institution during a site visit to confirm the accuracy of the self-study and gather additional evidence of quality that will be submitted to the Review Committee
  • A recommendation by the Review Committee to the CAATE who will make a final decision regarding accreditation.
  • More information about applying for accreditation can be found within the Pursuing and Maintaining Accreditation Document.
  • More information on using eAccreditation can be found here.

With respect to in person or phone conversations with program consultants or any third party, the CAATE will communicate with outside parties regarding a program only with the program director or an administrator present.

Continuing Accreditation Timeline

Programs that are continuing accreditation will automatically begin the comprehensive review process on the following timeline:

  • The self-study module will automatically open in eAccreditation July 1 in the year before accreditation expires and be due July 1 the following year. (For example, if the program’s accreditation cycle ends in 2022-2023, the self-study will open on July 1, 2021 and would be due July 1, 2022).
  • Upon final submission of the self-study the program will automatically be invoiced the non-refundable self-study/site visit fee. Review of self-study materials will not begin until payment is received.
  • Following receipt of payment the program’s site visit team will be assigned and review of materials will begin.  The site visit team and program director will coordinate to select site visit dates (available dates range from October 1 – March 31).
  • Additional details about the continuing accreditation process can also be found within the Pursuing and Maintaining Accreditation Document

Click here to access the Accreditation fees for Professional Programs

Additional questions about this process can be directed to