Programs whose preapplication meets the guidelines are invited to complete a full application. The application is available in CPARS and is prepopulated with data from the pre-application. Programs typically have a year to complete the full application.
The full application is immediately available to programs that have met the requirements in the pre-application.
The application is reviewed by two members of CPT; one acts as the chairperson of the application review team, the other as the vice chairperson.
After the reviews are complete, a virtual conference is convened that includes representatives from the institution that is applying for approval, the chair and vice-chair of the review team, and 3-4 additional members of CPT. The conference usually lasts for 1-2 hours and includes the following:
- A brief overview of the program including why they are applying for ACS Approval.
- Questions from the committee members on any aspects of the application that were unclear. Additional questions that may include queries on infrastructure, institutional support, curriculum, research, faculty workload, and student success.
- The program then has an opportunity to ask additional questions.
There are three possible outcomes from the application review:
- Site Visit: The application meets the ACS Guidelines and the program is ready for a site visit.
- More information is required: There are still ambiguities that were not cleared up during the conference. Staff from the Approval Program will reach out for additional information. There is usually a quick turnaround for this outcome (1-2 weeks).
- Approval is withheld: The program does not meet the guidelines