CEA strives to make the accreditation process a positive experience.  The entire process takes 6-12 months, and is outlined below:


  1. The agency submits written notice to CEA regarding its intent to become CEA accredited.
  2. CEA works with the agency to procure the audit and any requested training.
  3. CEA provides any procured training for staff involved with the audit.
  4. When the agency is ready, a CEA auditor conducts the on-site visit and review of the standards and submits a written report to the Standards Commission.
  5. The Standards Commission members review the report and make a final determination regarding a three-year accreditation.
  6. The agency is notified of accreditation results.
  7. The agency is recognized at the CEA International Conference.

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