Committee on Professional Training

The Committee on Professional Training (CPT) promotes excellence in postsecondary chemistry education and provides leadership to the ACS in the professional training of chemists.


Special Announcement for Submission of the 2019 Periodic Reports and Pre-Applications

  • 2019 Periodic Reports are now due in June, 2020.  If you have any questions or comments, please contact us at
  • Due to the implementation of a new reporting system, no pre-applications will be accepted during the spring application period (April-May, 2019).  Pre-applications will be accepted in October, 2019.

Upcoming Events

  • CPT Open Meeting in San Diego
    We invite you to attend the CPT open meeting at the 258th ACS National Meeting in San Diego, California, from 4:00 to 5:00pm on Sunday, August 25, 2019, in the Corona Room (terrace level) at the Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter Hotel.  See you there!   


  • Survey on Graduate Education
    CPT will be deploying a survey to department chairs of Ph.D. granting institutions starting in April.  This survey will focus on the ways in which graduate education has evolved and, in particular, how it aligns with the competencies as described in the National Academies report on Graduate STEM Education for the 21st Century.  Data will be available to graduate programs later in 2019.

News & Announcements

  • Certificates Available for ACS-Certified Graduates
    The head or chair of ACS-approved chemistry programs presents ACS certificates to students that receive a baccalaureate degree and complete a curriculum consistent with the ACS Guidelines.  If you would like to have certificates available for presentation to your certified graduates, please contact us at   


Fall 2018 Newsletter

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Office of Professional Training
American Chemical Society
1155 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036

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