Apply for Approval

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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.

To learn more about the requirements for ACS approval,
see Sections 3.1 - 3.3 in the ACS Guidelines


Pre-applications will be available starting May 1, 2020. 
Due date for fall pre-applications:  May 31, 2020

Programs interested in applying for ACS approval begin the process by completing a pre-application.  

To get started on the pre-application using the new Chemistry Program Approval & Reviewing System (CPARS) please contact the ACS Program Approval Office at

Application Periods

  • May 1 - May 31
  • October 1 - October 31


Each pre-application is reviewed by three members of the ACS Committee on Professional Training (CPT). 


Within one month of the closing deadline, reviews will be available in CPARS.  Department chairs will receive an automated email from the ACS Approval Program when the decision and comments have been posted.  There are two possible outcomes:

  • 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.