General Program Accreditation FAQ's (Automobile, Collision and Truck)

Have the number of Program Standards changed?
  1. What are the fees for accreditation?
  2. Can one of my Advisory Committee Member be a Team Member for our on-site visit?
  3. Can I submit my application without providing the Team Member list?
  4. Do I have to rate all the Program Standards for a renewal of accreditation?
  5. Do I have to rate all the Program Standards for a renewal of accreditation?
  6. What's the difference between On-Site Team Members and Advisory Committee Members on the application?
  7. Can an application be submitted with below '4' average ratings?
  8. Once the documentation for each standard is assembled, do I need to provide any additional documentation?
  9. Do I have to re-apply if there are deficient items found during the on-site evaluation?

 

  1. Have the number of Program Standards changed?  Yes, there is now a new Standard 6 -Advisory Committee which groups all the Advisory Committee tasks that were previously scattered throughout the standards.  There now a total of 12 Program Standards for Automobile programs and 11 Program Standards for Collision and Truck Programs.
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  1. What are the fees for accreditation?
Effective 7/2013  Initial
Automobile/Truck/Collision
Renewal
of Accreditation
Accreditation Documents $0—available on website $0-available on website
Application Fee $850.00
$425 for additional programs at each site
$750.00
$375 For additional programs at each site
On-Site Evaluation Team Manuals ($65 each) Included in application fee Included in application fee
Honorarium for the ETL
$250 per day
(paid directly to the ETL)
$500.00 $250.00
Estimated expenses for the ETL
(paid directly to the ETL)
$300.00 $150.00
 
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  1. Can one of my Advisory Committee Member be a Team Member for our on-site visit? No, Advisory Committee members are not permitted to serve as a Team Member.  More information regarding Team Member qualifications can be found in the Policies section of the NATEF Program Standards.
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  1.  Can I submit my application without providing the Team Member list?  No, you will need to provided the name and contact information for the required number of Team Members before submitting your application.

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  1. Do I have to rate all the Program Standards for a renewal of accreditation?  Yes, all the Program Standards should be rated regardless of the type of application.  However, for renewals if any of Standards 1 - 5 are rated below a 4 that Standard will be reviewed during the on-site visit along with Standard 6 - 10, and Standards 11 and 12 if applicable.

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  1. What's the difference between On-Site Team Members and Advisory Committee Members on the application?  Advisory Committee Members convene twice per year and review the program.  They will conduct an evaluation of the program before the application is submitted to NATEF.  Team Members will be evaluating the program during the on-site evaluation so they must not be advisory committee members, former instructors, or students within the last 5 years.  Team members must also meet more specific criteria than that of the Advisory Members.  See Program Standards for Team Member requirements.
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  1. an an application be submitted with below '4' average ratings? No, the average ratings on standards 6, 7,8,9 and 10 must be a 4.  A program may not be approved for an on-site if the average rating on standards 1-5 and 11 & 12 is less than a 4.

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  1. Once the documentation for each standard is assembled, do I need to provide any additional documentation?  Yes, once the application is approved for an on-site evaluation, there is a list of documents that are required to be sent to the assigned Evaluation Team Leader (ETL) at least two weeks before the on-site date.  A list of required documentation can be found on the NATEF website at: http://www.natef.org/Achieving-Accreditation/Forms-Misc.aspx 

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  1. Do I have to re-apply if there are deficient items found during the on-site evaluation?  No, if the application is submitted in a timely fashion, the program will have until the length of their application to correct any deficiencies.
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