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.


Announcing the Chemistry Program Approval & Review System (CPARS)

  • UPDATE: Instructions for accessing CPARS are now available. 
  • To access CPARS, users will need an ACS ID and password.  Each user will need a unique log in.  Create an ACS ID.  Please note that you do not have to be an ACS member to get an ACS ID.
  • Annual reports for 2019 will be available on October 15 and due on December 15. Please use this guidebook to assist you in completing your report.

Upcoming Events

  • CPT Open Meeting in Philadelphia
    We invite you to attend the CPT open meeting at the Spring 2020 National Meeting & Expo from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 22, 2020. Members of CPT will be discussing the upcoming guideline revisions. The location is not currently available, please check back later for details.  

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
  • Free 3-Year Membership for Certified Chemistry Graduates To take advantage of this offer, students should contact their department chairperson.  Department chairs can get more information on this offer by contacting us at


  • Survey on Graduate Education
    67% of Ph.D. granting instititutions responded to the CPT Graduate Education Survey.  Results from this survey will be reported during the ACS National Meeting in Philadelphia, This survey focused 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.


ACS Guidelines for Bachelor’s Degree Programs

Contact Us


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

Guidelines Revisions Feedback

Watch this space for short (1-3 question) surveys and polls focusing on the upcoming guidelines revisions.

Current polls include (click on the links):

If we haven't covered a topic that you'd like to discuss, please email us at

Focus Group Feedback

During the fall ACS meeting, CPT hosted two focus groups.  The first discussed the Lab Hour requirement in the Guidelines.  The second, co-hosted by the ACS Committee on Minority Affairs, discussed the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) climate at undergraduate institutions.