Planning for NCCA Accreditation?

The accreditation application process takes a minimum of 4-5 months to complete, from the time the application is submitted to the time the applicant receives official notification of the accreditation decision.

Note: A certification program may apply for accreditation after one year of assessment instrument administration or administration to at least 500 candidates using the current assessment mechanism, whichever comes first.

Submission deadlines occur three times per year:

  • January 31st
  • April 30th
  • August 31st

A self-assessment checklist is available to help you to gauge your program's readiness to apply for accreditation. This is a tool for your own evaluation purposes and is not to be submitted to the NCCA as part of the application process.

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Application Process

The NCCA utilizes a tiered application review process for both new and currently accredited programs. The benefits of this process are:

  • Enhanced initial screening of applications;
  • Opportunity for all programs to address initial staff inquiries within 10 business days so that a more complete application can be forwarded for review
  • Prompt feedback from an in-depth review for new and currently accredited programs; and
  • Increased opportunity for programs to implement necessary changes to come into compliance with the Standards.

Walk through the review process using this diagram 

Fee Schedule

There are two fees associated with accreditation by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). The first is an application fee that an organization must pay when submitting their initial  or re-accreditation application(s). The application fee is on a per program basis.

Once a program is accredited, all organizations with one or more accredited programs must pay a yearly accreditation fee, which includes their membership fees for the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE). This fee is charged upon accreditation and may be pro-rated depending on the time of year the program earns official accreditation. Please see the two fee schedules below.

NCCA Application Fees**

ICE Members
(initial or re-accreditation application) 
Subsequent Application Fee 
(initial or re-accreditation application)

This fee applies to each additional program after the first for any organization (member or non-member) that is submitting multiple applications at the same time.

$975/application up to a max fee of 10 applications

**Application fees are collected online with a credit card upon submission of the application and are non-refundable.  Programs that are denied must pay the fee again if they wish to submit a new application.  Therefore, organizations are strongly encouraged to thoroughly review their completed applications prior to submission to ensure that their applications provide up-to-date, accurate information and are completed according to the Standards and guidelines provided in the application form.

Payment may also be made via check, payable to ICE (not NCCA).  Please use the invoice below and send a copy with your check to the address noted on the form.

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NCCA Annual Accreditation Fee for Organizations with Accredited Programs* 

Effective January 1, 2017:

Organization with up to two accredited programs


Each additional accredited program


Maximum accreditation fee


The accreditation fee includes membership in the Institute for Credentialing Excellence.  Organizations with newly accredited programs will pay an accreditation fee for the current year that may be pro-rated based on when accreditation was granted.

*Fees are non-refundable.

Please contact the ICE office for more information.