Membership Applications – Eligibility Criteria
Full Membership applications must meet the following four specific requirements; the onus is upon the applicant to show proof as required to meet these requirements:
Academic accreditation in Canada is a process of quality assurance through which accredited status is granted to a program of study once it has met specific standards of education established by the responsible authorities.
Post-secondary education is higher education. Admission into a higher education program requires a student to complete a high school level education or its equivalent.
A “professional program” imbues its students with the attributes, capabilities, and characteristics of a professional qualified to practice in each field of endeavour. A “professional program” is one offered as “higher education”, e.g., formal education at the post-secondary level, as in (2) above.
Established Standards and Processes
Meet the clearly defined standards and processes set out in the AAAC’s ‘Guidelines for Good Practice of Academic Accreditation of Professional Programs’.
Organizations that do not accredit academic programs but which have an interest in the accreditation of post-secondary professional programs or educational institutions, and whose objectives and programs effectively support those of the Association, may apply for Associate Membership. Associate Members may fully participate in meetings and task groups established by the Association. Associate Members have the same rights and privileges as Full Members except for the right to hold office and the right to vote on issues which must be resolved at an Annual General meeting.
Organizations may apply for Associate Membership by contacting the AAAC office.
Annual dues are currently $1100.00 plus GST/HST.
AAAC is a membership organization. Membership does not equate to recognition, nor does it certify the status, performance or integrity of the accreditation organization. Organizations seeking membership do so on a voluntary basis. AAAC is under no obligation to accept any organization as a member.
AAAC serves its members in a variety of ways through excellent professional development, online resources and networking opportunities.
Education & Professional Development
AAAC provides an online forum which promotes information exchange among members.