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Accreditation approval for institutions

The VBOA requires all completed coursework and degree conferrals to come from an accredited institution approved by the VBOA.

If a candidate’s coursework or degree is not from an accredited institution there are two options:

  • The degree or coursework must be evaluated by any one of the education evaluation firms to determine equivalency with Virginia education requirements.
         
     or
  • The candidate or institution may request that representatives of their accrediting organization meet with a task force appointed by the VBOA to study and recommend how the organization will demonstrate that its accreditation process and standards are substantially equivalent to the accreditation process and standards of the six major regional accrediting organizations or their successors. 

Facts and circumstances determine the size and composition of the task force. However, at least one of the members of the task force must have substantial experience with the accreditation process and standards of the six major regional accrediting organizations or their successors.

After the task force provides its recommendations to the VBOA, the VBOA determines the requirements that the accreditation process and standards of the accrediting organization are substantially equivalent to the accreditation process and standards. The VBOA communicates its decision to the accrediting organization, which then provides the required documentation to the VBOA that will enable the VBOA to decide whether a college or university accredited by the organization is an accredited institution as defined in § 54.1-4400.

A representative(s) of the accrediting organization that is seeking accreditation approval must submit a written request that includes the following:

  • Written request for consideration to the VBOA
  • Background information on the accrediting organization, to include a list of current accredited institutions
  • List of other state boards of accountancy that have approved the organization (if applicable)

Send all requested information to:
Virginia Board of Accountancy
9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 402
Henrico, Virginia  23233