Skip to content

Upon receipt of the Accreditation Application, and following completion of the Facility Inspection, a program is allowed up to twelve months to complete the accreditation process. Accreditation is awarded for five years with an Annual Report due at the end of each academic school year.

PrintED Accreditation Flow Chart

PrintED Readiness Checklist

Is your program capable of becoming PrintED accredited? What are some factors that should be in place before applying? Should you make changes to your program before filling out an application?

To answer these questions, take a close look at your program, the curriculum, and the facility in which you teach. Pertinent questions to ask include:

  • Do I meet all of the requirements in the instructor portion of the application, and am I able to supply all of the documentation that is requested?
  • Is there a curriculum in place and does the curriculum provide theory and “hands-on” training?
  • Is there a method in place to assess student progress and is it regularly updated?
  • Are safety devices in place and operable?
  • Are the equipment and tools used in your program of the type and quality found in the graphic communications industry?
  • Is the current budget sufficient to ensure that both the program and students have sufficient equipment and consumables?
  • Does the program have an active Advisory Committee that meets at least twice a year?

If you have responded affirmatively to the above questions, your program is ready to begin the PrintED accreditation process.

For more information, contact:
Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF)
phone: 703-264-7200
email: gaerf@aptech.org