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.
Step 3.1 on page 18 of the ACS Guidelines
The first step in the application process is the completion of a pre-application.
Please note that pre-applications submitted during April 16-May 15, 2015, will be reviewed under the 2008 ACS Guidelines. If the Committee invites the program to move forward with a full application, the review will continue under the 2008 ACS Guidelines.
You may submit the pre-application form during two, 30-day periods each calendar year. Any forms received outside of these application windows will be returned.
- April 16 – May 15
- October 1 – October 30
Submit your pre-application (No additional documentation or cover letter is required)
Contact Houston Kimrey at (202) 872-4589 if you have any questions. Forms with missing information will be returned.
Review by CPT
Step 3.2 on page 20 of the ACS Guidelines
Following the submission period, CPT will review all of the completed pre-application forms that are received.
Response from Secretary of CPT
Step 3.3 on page 20 of the ACS Guidelines
Within two months of the closing deadline, the Secretary of CPT will report the outcome of CPT’s review to the department chair by letter. Two outcomes are possible.
- The applicant does not meet the requirements covered in the pre-application form. The deficiencies will be listed in the letter to the chair. The department may submit a new pre-application after further development of the program, as soon as the next submission period, if appropriate.
- The applicant meets the requirements covered in the pre-application form. The department 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.