Apply for Approval

The ACS Committee on Professional Training establishes guidelines and procedures for the approval of bachelor’s degree programs in chemistry. Staff in the Office of Professional Training are responsible for administering the ACS approval process.


Due to the implementation of a new online reporting system, pre-application submission for the April-May period will be suspended.  Please submit your pre-application in October.  Submission will be via the new online reporting system.  Watch this space for updated instructions.

See Section 3.1 on page 23 of the ACS Guidelines

Programs interested in applying for ACS approval begin the process by completing a pre-application. The pre-application is available during two, 30-day periods each calendar year. Because the content or structure of the form may change, forms may be submitted only during these two application periods.   

Application Periods

  • April 16 – May 15
  • October 1 – October 30


See Section 3.2 on page 23 of the ACS Guidelines

Reviewers from CPT will evaluate each pre-application.  Each program is reviewed by 3 members of CPT.


See Section 3.3 on page 23 of the ACS Guidelines

Within two months of the closing deadline, the department chairperson will receive an email from the Office of Professional Training that summarizes the reviewers' comments and reports the outcome of the review. Two outcomes are possible.

  • The program meets the requirements covered in the pre-application and will be invited to submit a full application package. The department has 12 months to complete and submit the full application package after receiving the invitation to do so.
  • The program does not meet the requirements. The program may reapply after addressing the areas in which the guidelines were not met.