Apply for Approval

The ACS Committee on Professional Training (CPT) establishes guidelines and sets standards for the approval of bachelor’s degree programs in chemistry. Staff in the ACS Approval Program Office 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 for Bachelor's Degree Programs (PDF).


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

Instructions for accessing the Chemistry Program Approval and Review System (CPARS) and completing the pre-application can be found on the CPARS training page.

Application Periods

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


Each pre-application is reviewed by three members of the 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.  

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Contact the ACS Approval Program

Phone: 202-872-4589 | Fax: 202-872-6066
Mail: Office of Professional Training
American Chemical Society, 1155 16th St., NW, Washington, D.C. 20036