CPARS Training

Find key dates and learn how to access and use the Chemistry Program Approval and Review System (CPARS) to complete reports for the ACS Approval Process.  
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Accessing CPARS

To access CPARS, each user must create an ACS ID and password.

Changing the Department Chair

  • Navigate to your institution landing page
  • Click on "Institution Details"
  • Click on "Add Chairperson"
  • Enter the first name, last name, and email address of new chairperson.

Report Availability

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

Getting a Copy of Your Periodic Report

For reports submitted in or after Jan 2022

  • To get a user-friendly copy of your completed report, navigate to "Institution Details" from your home page. 
  • Click on the “Submission History” tab and locate your periodic report.
  • Then click on “View my Submission.” 
  • Choose “Download Report” to obtain a clean version of the report.  If you wait until the reviewers have completed their assessment and submitted their review, and download the report at that time, then the entire review will be included in the report.


Applying for the first time?


Programs interested in applying for ACS Approval start the process by completing a preapplication. Preapplications are available for submission from May 1 - 31 and October 1 - 31.


Video Tutorials


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



Already approved?

All ACS Approved Institutions submit an Annual Report each year and a Periodic Report every 6 years.

Annual Reports

Annual Reports for the 2022-23 academic year are due August 31, 2023. Please report graduates from July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023.

Guides & Examples


Periodic Reports

Periodic reports for 2024 are currently available and are due on June 30, 2024.

  • As of June 2020, pre-population is not available for the periodic reports.
  • Please review the last continue approval letter that you received. There may be specific issues identified in your last review that must be addressed in this report. If you need a copy of that letter, please complete this form.

Guides & Examples

  • NEW FOR 2024:  Annotated guide to completing the new periodic report form.

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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