There are basically FOUR STEPS towards accreditation. Here below is the formal outline of the accreditation process:

1. Correspondent Status

This is the initial stage, offering any institution a three year renewable ACTEA membership.  All Correspondent Members receive other non-accreditation services from ACTEA.  Institutions that are seeking for accreditation of their programmes are therefore invited to request more information from the ACTEA office.  ACTEA Correspondent Members are required to make $60 contribution fee for the three year term.

2. Affiliate Status

This is granted once a school can meet three core academic standards, relating to admissions, teaching staff qualifications, and length of programme.  The governing board of the school must also formally declare its intention to pursue accreditation with ACTEA. 

There is an application fee for this status (payable upon approval): US$900 for Post-graduate level; $600 for Post-secondary level and $300 for secondary level.  Thereafter, the Annual Participation fee comes (which continues through candidacy and accreditation).  This annual fee is $500 plus $9 per student (Post-graduate); $400 plus $6 per student (Post-secondary) and $200 plus $3 (Secondary). 

 Affiliate status gives a school full, but provisional, academic recognition by ACTEA. Affiliate status may last as long as four years. Usually ACTEA does not approve Affiliate status unless the ACTEA Accreditation Officer or its appointed representative visits the school personally at their campus.  In case the school has never been visited, ACTEA office may send a representative from a closer location.  The school would be responsible for the travel costs associated with this visit.

3.  Candidacy Status

Applications for candidacy can be approved when it is determined that the school can meet all of the ACTEA standards contained in the booklet “Standards and Procedures for accreditation Post-Secondary level” within a four year period.

During candidacy, the school does its institutional self-evaluation, based on the standards and the “ACTEA Guide to Institutional Self-Evaluation.”  This is followed by the Visitation. The financial obligation at the time of the Visitation for accreditation is $2,700 for Post-graduate level; $1,800 for Post-secondary; and $900 for Secondary level.

4. Accreditation 

The period of accreditation lasts 8-10 years.  Every year the school submits and not Annual Self-Evaluation Report, showing how they are maintaining the accreditation standards.  At the end of the term, the school must renew its status through another Institutional Self-Evaluation and Visitation.

5. Associate status

ACTEA also offers an Associate status for institutions that hold some other forms of academic recognition such as a government charter but still wish to have theological education programme(s), especially in light of their evangelical ethos. please contact ACTEA directly for more information regarding Associate status.