The Council on Occupational Education or (COE) is a private, non-profit accrediting agency recognized by the United State Department of Education (DoE) that provides national accreditation to eligible and qualifying educational institutions. In 1971 COE was established as a regional accrediting agency of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). In 1995 the agency was re-established as a national accrediting agency, independent from SACS. The Council on Occupational Education is primarily responsible for and authorized to provide accreditation of non-degree-granding and applied associate degree-granting career and technical schools.
A current list of COE accredited institutions and schools can be found at http://www.council.org/accredited-institutions.
To eligible to apply for accreditation through the COE an educational institution must meet the following criteria:
- Operate as a licensed postsecondary institution with a specific state.
- Have one-year of operational history while being licensed.
- Offer only career oriented educational programs at the certificate, diploma and/or associate degree level.
- Be financial stable (supported by an audit prepare by an independent CPA firm).
In addition, any institution applying for COE accreditation must not have been denied accreditation or had their accreditation revoked by any other national or regional accrediting agency that is recognized by the United States Department of Education.