How long does it take to complete an application?

There is no definable time frame for an agency to compile its accreditation materials. Some agencies have been able to complete everything for submission in about six months. Others have taken much longer. On average, it takes about one year to prepare all the paperwork, institute policies, and provide proof that policies are being met within the agency. Agencies usually appoint a CAAS Coordinator, and allow the coordinator to organize committees of individuals within the organization to contribute a portion of the overall work. Sharing the preparation ensures that everyone in an organization has an opportunity to contribute and provides buy-in for the accreditation.