ACCET was founded in 1974 for the purpose of improving continuing education and training and has been officially recognized by the U.S. Department of Education since 1978 as a “reliable authority” as to the quality of education and training provided by the institutions we accredit. Accreditation serves the interests of companies, agencies, and the public through the establishment of standards, policies, and procedures in conjunction with an objective third-party professional evaluation designed to identify and inspire sound education and training practices. When such a process is matched by an institution’s commitment to high standards and accountability, a partnership for quality becomes reality.

Executive Director's Blog

September 2019

On July 30, 2019, ACCET appeared before NACIQI – the National Advisory Council for Institutional Quality and Integrity – as part of the U.S. Department of Education’s (US ED) re-recognition process. The Department’s Accreditation Group presented NACIQI with a completely compliant report on our re-recognition petition. ACCET then had the opportunity to make a presentation regarding our agency’s operations and results since 2013. After a brief round of questions from NACIQI members, the advisory committee unanimously supported the recommendation that ACCET’s recognition by US ED be granted for the maximum five-year period. Now, both the Accreditation Group’s recommendation and that of NACIQI will be forwarded to the Senior Department Official and the Secretary for final action. We are so pleased with the result and are grateful for the outcome. The entire ACCET team thanks you for your support!

Following the successful NACIQI meeting and August 2019 Commission meeting, Dr. Bill Larkin announced his retirement and resignation as ACCET’s Executive Director, effective August 31, 2019.  We extend sincere thanks and appreciation to Bill for his leadership, support, and service to ACCET during his six years as Executive Director from 2013 – 2019.  We wish Bill the very best in his well-deserved retirement at his beach house in Cape May.  With Bill’s retirement, I was appointed the Interim Executive Director of ACCET, after serving as Deputy Executive Director and Associate Executive Director for twelve years. We at ACCET pledge our continued commitment to working with our ACCET members to promote A Partnership for Quality®


Judy Hendrickson

Interim Executive Director