CPARS Training

Learn how to access and use the Chemistry Program Approval and Review System (CPARS) to complete reports used in the ACS Approval Process.  All ACS Approved Institutions submit an Annual Report each year and a Periodic Report every 6 years.  Programs interested in applying for ACS Approval start the process by completing a preapplication.

Accessing CPARS

In order to access CPARS, each user must create an ACS ID and password.

Annual Reports 

Annual Reports for 2019-2020 academic year are available on May 20, 2020 and will be due August 31, 2020.

Annual Report Guide


Periodic Reports

Periodic reports for 2020 are currently available and are due on December 15, 2020.

June 2020: At this time, pre-population is not available for the periodic reports.

Short tutorials

Report Due Dates

Availability of reports:

  • Periodic Reports - January 1 to June 30
  • Annual Reports - April 1 to August 31
  • Preapplications - May 1 to May 31 and October 1 to October 31
  • Applications - Available upon approval of preapplication, typically due in June or December


Preapplications are available for submission from:

  • May 1 - May 31
  • October 1 - October 31
Tutorials for completing and submitting a preapplication



Applications for programs that successfully completed the preapplication process will be available on June 15.  They will be due on December 15. 

Application Guide

Video Tutorials