Accreditation Process Workshop


An Accreditation Process Workshop (APW) is required for camps going through a visit in 2022 or for directors/leadership new to an accredited camp. This course is also suited for anyone considering accreditation for the first time. ACA offers 3 different styles (Blended Learning, Virtual Learning, and In-Person) to choose from when completing this requirement.

Why Blended Learning?

This blended format supports the participant's ability to define their own speed and pace of learning, refresh, and review materials several times if needed, and break up learning into smaller manageable sections. To ensure participants can ask questions and engage with experienced instructors, the course credit is earned after the virtual follow-up is complete. This is a TWO part learning experience with an online (asynchronous) course and a virtual follow-up.


Participants feel excited, engaged, and ready to prepare for an accreditation visit. They know where to find and how to use information, resources, and technology provided by ACA. They can navigate the Accreditation Process Guide, 2019 Edition to understand compliance and applicability of standards, including all revisions to the standards and the accreditation process, and they can articulate the steps in the visit timeline and the responsibilities of the camp and the visitors.  


This workshop is designed for camp representatives who are preparing for accreditation visits in 2022 and beyond. The course is appropriate for those who are new to the accreditation process AND those who have been part of an accreditation visit or completed standards training in the past. Every camp being visited in 2022 must have at least one person who completes the workshop on behalf of the camp; that person must actively assist in preparation for the accreditation visit, be on site a significant amount of time during the camp season and participate fully in the on-site accreditation visit.  

Accreditation Process Guide, 2019 Edition (updated 11/2019):  

To participate, you MUST have an Accreditation Process Guide (APG) v. 2019 (updated 11/2019).

Published: Each currently accredited camp and camp seeking accreditation is provided 1 published copy of the APG. If you need this, please contact your local standards manager.

Digital: A digital version of the APG is provided to all current fee-paying camps for each primary contact and standards contact. This is in the Accreditation Portal. If you need assistance with access, please contact your local standards manager

Purchase: Non-fee-paying camps and camps wanting additional printed copies can purchase these through the bookstore.  

Step 1: Complete the online (asynchronous) course.

To start, self-enroll for the Accreditation Process Workshop – Blended Learning in ACA’s Learning Center and complete the course at your own pace. This should take between 1.5-3 hours depending on your knowledge of the ACA Standards and Accreditation Process.

Step 2: Register for and complete the Accreditation Process Workshop - Virtual Follow Up

To complete this blended learning experience, you must participate in a virtual follow-up AFTER you have finished the online (asynchronous) course. This will take 1 hour and give you a chance to ask questions and confirm your knowledge. The date and time listed for this event are for the APW Follow Up portion only.

Register for Accreditation Process Workshop - Virtual Follow Up



Questions? Please contact your local Standards Manager:

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