At the recent 2020 ACCE Annual Meeting, the Board of Trustees voted unanimously to approve the creation of the Construction Workforce Education Programs ACCE Accreditation.



The definition of a Construction Workforce Education Program eligible for accreditation may include any of the following descriptions:

• An education program that combines on-the-job work experience with classroom study.

• An education program that teaches construction-related skills, methods, terminology, and other pedological topics to individuals will enhance their ability to perform construction-related work in a professional, safe, and quality manner.

Initially, ACCE will focus on accrediting apprenticeship programs that are Registered Apprenticeship Programs (RAPs) in good standing with the US Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship (OA) as outlined in 29 CFR Part 29. Future expansion may include non-RAPs as well as the other education programs noted in 1.3.


Apprenticeship Programs

To be considered for accreditation, a program in apprenticeship education must:

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• Be located in an Institution or in an organization that provides a program of

education beyond that of the secondary level;

• Be a construction trade-related Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) in good

standing with the US Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship (OA) as

outlined in 29 CFR Part 29.

• Have had at least one graduation cohort; and

• Have been in operation for sufficient time to permit an objective evaluation by ACCE of its educational program.


Construction Workforce Education Committee (CWEC)

The CWEC considers all accreditation reports and other materials submitted in conjunction with the accreditation of a construction workforce development education program. After review and deliberation, the CWEC makes recommendations to the ACCE Board for initial accreditation, renewal of accreditation, or reinstatement of accreditation for any construction workforce education program which has applied for, been reviewed and which, in the opinion of the CWEC, has met the standards and criteria established by ACCE for accreditation. The CWEC also may recommend deferral of action by the Board until a date recommended by the committee. This is to enable the Institution to provide additional information before an accreditation decision is made.


The CWEC may also make recommendations to the Board for the denial, revoking, or suspending of accreditation of any construction workforce education program which, in the opinion of the CWEC, does not or has ceased to comply with the standards and criteria for accreditation.

The CWEC studies the status reports submitted by the programs on a periodic basis and has the responsibility to approve the reports without Board involvement. The composition for the CWEC is stated in the ACCE By-Laws.

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