Recognition as a Candidate for Accreditation by CPS is the first step toward membership in and accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; however, achieving Candidacy does not guarantee eventual accreditation. Candidate for Accreditation is a status of affiliation with the Association which indicates that the institution has achieved initial recognition and is progressing toward accreditation. The category of Candidate for Accreditation is not to be confused with membership in and accreditation by the Association.
Upon achieving Accreditation, a school is considered a member. Members are evaluated at regular intervals, and undergo a full accreditation visit at least once every ten years.