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.


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

Submit your pre-application via email to the Office of Professional Training by the last day of the application period (if that date falls on the weekend, the application is due by close of business on the next business day). For 2018, we are piloting a new form, please feel free to provide feedback on the form to Contact Houston Kimrey at (202) 872-4589 if you have any questions. 


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.