COMTA – ACCSC Dual Accreditation Joint Process

Distinguish Yourself:
Show students your program is one of the best with Programmatic Accreditation.

COMTA offers programmatic/specialized accreditation to programs offering training in the massage therapy, bodywork, esthetics, and skin care professions. Specialized accreditation is crucial for a profession to ensure quality education. As the only specialized accreditor for massage/bodywork and esthetics, COMTA focuses on student learning or competence fundamental to our fields, including in-depth curriculum review by your own peers rather than general educators. COMTA is the only accrediting agency of, by and for massage therapists and estheticians.

…And  now ACCSC and COMTA have partnered to innovate the way to earn both institutional and programmatic accreditation.

About the Joint Process

  1. Application
    • Submit ACCSC Renewal Application
    • Submit COMTA Initial Application at reduced application fee
  2. Self-Evaluation/Self-Study Report
    • Submit ACCSC Self-Evaluation Report
      • Less Appendix A for massage and esthetics programs since the COMTA SSR will serve as supplemental
    • Submit COMTA Joint Process Programmatic Self-Study Report
      • The joint process report reduces the workload by 53% since the ACCSC SER will serve as supplemental
  3. Host ACCSC – COMTA Joint Site Visit
    • Four visitors: 3 ACCSC representatives + 1 COMTA representative in lieu of Massage or Esthetics Content Specialist
  4. Two Commission Decisions = Two Accreditations

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Already involved in your ACCSC renewal?…We have an option for you too.

Those institutions that have submitted their ACCSC Self-Evaluation Report within 12 months can still take advantage of completing the COMTA Joint Process Self-Study Report (with 53% reduced workload).

Those institutions that have completed their site visits within 6 months can add a COMTA visit (for cost), utilizing a representative from the original ACCSC team for continuity.


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