- The program administrator contacts the ABAI Accreditation Board accreditation administrator to request a preliminary review of eligibility to apply for accreditation.
- The accreditation administrator receives a self-study and application fee(s) from the eligible training program(s).
- The accreditation administrator identifies and invites at least two site visitors.
- The accreditation administrator submits the names of the proposed site visitors and a site visit quote to the program administrator.
- Once all site visit fees are paid, the accreditation administrator puts the program administrator and site visitors in contact with one another to schedule the site visit.
- Site visitors review the guidelines for site visits, identify points in the self-study requiring clarification, and formulate questions/tasks for addressing these points during the site visit.
- During the site visit, the site visitors verify the representations in the self-study; collect data by interviewing, observing, and reviewing documentation; and begin drafting the site visit report.
- After the site visit, the site visitors reach consensus and submit a site visit report to the accreditation administrator within 30 days.
- The accreditation administrator sends the site visit report to the program administrator within 30 days of the visit.
- The program administrator acknowledges receipt of the report and sends back a written response within 30 days.
- The accreditation administrator shares the site visit report and the program administrator’s response with the ABAI Accreditation Board members and assigns primary and secondary readers responsible for presenting the report at the next ABAI Accreditation Boardmeeting.
- At the next meeting, ABAI Accreditation Boardmembers make an accreditation decision based on the site visit report and the program administrator’s report.
- The accreditation administrator notifies the program administrator and the site visitors of the ABAI Accreditation Board's decision.
- If the program is approved for accreditation or re-accreditation, the accreditation administrator sends the program administrator the accredited program annual report form in preparation for the following year, image files of all applicable accreditation seals, and the ABAI Accreditation Board's policy on public disclosure of accreditation status.