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New Compliance Language – Effective June 1, 2017

For increased clarity and consistency in decision-making, it was recently agreed that the OTA & PTA EAP would adopt new language to describe compliance with accreditation criteria. This language will be used for all accreditation reviews which take place AFTER June 1, 2017.

Note: Please click on the image if you wish to download a PDF copy of the new compliance language which shows a comparison with the previous terminology.

Revisions to Criterion 3.4: July 2016

The 2012 OTA & PTA EAP Accreditation Standards were revised in July 2016 to incorporate a change to Criterion 3.4: both 3.4.2 and 3.4.3 became CORE criteria. This change will be phased in between now and January 1, 2020. The timelines below describe how YOUR program will be affected.

Programs with Accreditation Status:

Programs with accreditation status as of April 30, 2019 are required to submit evidence of compliance with the revised Criterion 3.4 in a Progress Report on or before August 1, 2019. Alternatively, programs may choose to submit evidence of compliance as part of another scheduled Progress Report or Self Study report at any time prior to the August 1, 2019 deadline. The JAC and PEAC/CAOT Boards will then review the evidence of compliance for all accredited programs by January 1, 2020.

Programs with Candidacy Status:

Programs with candidacy status should begin to track fieldwork hours as evidence of compliance with the new Criterion 3.4 now. Their evidence of compliance will be submitted as part of their first Self Study Report.


All parts of Criterion 3.4 are CORE. Therefore, if a deficiency exists with respect to this criterion after the JAC review, the program’s accreditation status would change to probationary. In order to submit evidence of compliance in agreement with the above timelines, all programs should begin now to track fieldwork hours in a way that follows GUIDE-11 (if not already doing so).

Please contact Amanda Walton if you have questions about how and when your program needs to demonstrate compliance, and what to do in preparation for the transition.

Past Standards Revisions:

The original 2012 OTA & PTA EAP Accreditation Standards were published in November 2012. Programs with onsite accreditation visits after September 30, 2013 and before January 1, 2018 will be evaluated for compliance with these 2012 Accreditation Standards, until their next full accreditation review (six-year accreditation cycle).

Programs with accreditation visits between January 2012 and September 30, 2013 will be evaluated for compliance with the Pilot Accreditation Standards, published in December 2010, until their next full accreditation review (six-year accreditation cycle).


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