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Standards for Accreditation (2009)

Public Technical and Career Schools/Centers
with a focused visit scheduled through the fall 2021

Standards of Membership as established for secondary technical schools and secondary applied technology centers are primarily qualitative and are applied to both individual academic or technical programs and the institution as a whole. In making recommendations concerning candidacy or initial accreditation and decisions on continued accreditation, the Committee bases its judgments on the nature and purposes of the school, the appropriateness of its philosophy and goals in terms of the school’s structure, the degree to which its objectives are realized with particular emphasis on the effectiveness of teaching and learning, and the school’s alignment with the CTCI Standards of Accreditation.

In the application of Standards to secondary technical schools or secondary applied technology centers, the Committee may occasionally develop footnotes that are printed as Interpretive Guidelines with reference to a specific Standard.


All institutions hosting a decennial visit are now using the 2015 Standards for Accreditation. If your school/center will host a focused visit through fall of 2021, please refer to the 2009 Standards for Accreditation.