Accreditation Process

First-Time Accreditation

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

  1. Review the applicable NIMS standards and credentials, then submit an 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. Host a two-day On-Site Evaluation. Conducted by a three-person team, this is essentially a program audit that reviews the program's facility, instructional staff, management staff, and more. The On-Site Evaluation requires payment of a $1,500 fee prior to the evaluation date.

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. View a step-by-step accreditation guide for companies and schools.

Accreditation Renewal

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 an 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. Host a one-day On-Site Evaluation. Conducted by a single evaluator, this one-day audit ensures that the training program has continued to uphold the quality standards that were previously approved and accredited. The On-Site Evaluation requires payment of a $1,500 fee prior to the evaluation date.

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. View a step-by-step renewal guide.