Process of Praesidium Accreditation

During this phase, an organization implements Praesidium Accreditation Standards with the assistance of Praesidium experts. This phase includes the following steps:

  • Application: An organization submits an application, completes a discovery call, and signs a contract.
  • Self-Assessment:  An organization will complete a self-assessment of their organization using Praesidium’s Accreditation Standards.
  • Site Visit Preparation: An organization will prepare for the site visit by implementing Praesidium’s Accreditation Standards and submitting materials to Praesidium for review.

MONTH 1: Application | MONTHS 2-3: Self-Assessment
MONTHS 4-7: Site Visit Preparation

During this phase, Praesidium Accreditation Reviewers will complete a site visit, verify the implementation of its Accreditation Standards, and provide the organization with its findings. The organization will continue to work through corrective action. This phase includes the following steps:

  • Site Visit: Praesidium Accreditation Reviewers complete site visit(s) to conduct interviews, review records, conduct architectural inspections, and conduct program observations to evaluate and verify the implementation of the Praesidium Standards.
  • Praesidium Report: Praesidium delivers a report to highlight any Standards that are not fully implemented and the steps an organization needs to take for corrective action.
  • Corrective Action: In this step, an organization will engage in corrective action to meet Standards identified as not fully implemented.

MONTH 8-9: Site Visit | MONTHS 10: Report
MONTHS 11-12: Corrective Action

Once an organization has fully implemented Praesidium Standards, it will be accredited. During its accreditation period, an organization is expected to maintain implementation of the Praesidium Standards. This phase includes the following steps:

  • Accreditation: Once an organization has completed corrective action, the Accreditation Committee will make a final Accreditation decision. 
  • Maintaining Accreditation: Once an organization has been Accredited, they are expected to maintain implementation of the Praesidium Standards and complete an Annual Assessment each year.

Accreditation and Maintaining Accreditation


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Accreditation Guidebook for  Consumer Serving Organizations.

First Step: Application

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