Accreditation Process

Initial Accreditation

Training programs seeking first-time accreditation will embark on a three-step process:

  1. Review the NIMS standards and credentials, then submit the Accreditation Application for initial accreditation. A $1,000 fee is due at the time of application.
  2. Complete a comprehensive Self-Study Kit, which includes a self-evaluation, certifications for instructional staff, and other nationally-scaled quality measures. Applicants are permitted eighteen (18) months to complete the kit.
  3. Complete your On-Site Evaluation with the assistance of two designated Advisory Committee Members.

Upon successful completion of the three steps, accreditation is awarded for a five-year term. During that time, training programs are to maintain all quality standards and pay an annual $250 maintenance fee.

Renewal Accreditation

When a training program reaches year four of its five-year accreditation term, it is recommended that the renewal process be kicked off. To renew an existing accreditation, a program will follow a similar three-step process:

  1. Submit the Accreditation Application for accreditation renewal. A $1,000 fee is due at the time of application.
  2. Complete a comprehensive Self-Study Kit, which includes a self-evaluation, certifications for new instructional staff, and other nationally-scaled quality measures. Applicants are permitted eighteen (18) months to complete the kit.
  3. Complete your On-Site Evaluation with the assistance of two designated Advisory Committee Members.

Upon successful completion of the three steps, accreditation is renewed for another a five-year term. During that time, training programs are to maintain all quality standards and pay an annual $250 maintenance fee.

NIMS accepts applications for first-time accreditation and renewals year-round