5 Steps to Accreditation

Step 1 - Submit your ApplicationSubmit Your Application

Begin the FLETA accreditation process by preparing and submitting your application to the FLETA Office of Accreditation (OA).

Next, assign an Accreditation Manager (AM) for your agency and identify personnel to be trained as assessors. Our staff will assign you a Program Manager and provide training to your AM and staff, as requested.


Step 2 - Prepare for the ReviewPrepare for the Review

Preparation for FLETA accreditation begins with your agency conducting a gap analysis of your current policies/directives against the FLETA standards. You will then establish and/or develop accreditation files and request N/A status from the OA Executive Director for standards that are not applicable. Your agency then populates its accreditation files with Individual Standard Compliance Reports (ISCR), directives/policies, and proofs of compliance.

Other tasks include: coordinating potential FLETA assessment dates with the OA, convening a self-assessment team to conduct the self-assessment, preparing a self-assessment certification memo and submitting that memo to the OA at least 60 days prior to the FLETA assessment.

The OA will review your agency self-assessment certification memo and discuss any corrective action plan(s), if applicable. Your agency will then address any deficiencies found during the self-assessment.

Step 3 - FLETA Conducts ReviewFLETA Conducts Review

The FLETA staff will schedule your accreditation assessment, select the assessors and make travel arrangements for the assessment team. Your agency will need to coordinate the assessors’ access to your facility through security officials, if necessary.

The assessment is scheduled for three days and is led by an assessment Team Leader (TL). The assessment includes a comprehensive review of the agency files, interviews, and observations. The TL and assessors will then conduct a closeout briefing with your agency regarding results of the assessment.

After receiving the results, you will need to prepare and implement a Corrective Action Plan (CAP) for any deficiencies identified during the assessment, if applicable. The assessors will prepare a final report of the FLETA assessment and submit this to the OA. Our staff will review the FLETA Assessment Report with the Assessment Team and your agency, and then will forward a copy to the agency and FLETA Board Review Committee (BRC).

Step 4 - Board Delivers DecisionFLETA Board Delivers Decision

The FLETA Board Review Committee (BRC) members will review the final FLETA Assessment Report. Your agency, the assessment Team Leader, and the OA Program Manager will appear before the BRC for review of the assessment. Once complete, the BRC prepares its recommendation and briefs the FLETA Board.

On the day of decision, your Agency will appear before the Board to receive a decision regarding the awarding of accreditation. If you receive accreditation, your agency submits an annual report to the OA to demonstrate continued compliance with the FLETA standards. The report is due within 30 days of the first, second, third, and fourth anniversary of the accreditation award.

Step 5 - Repeat the Accreditation ProcessRepeat the Process, Get Reaccredited

Reaccreditation is a new and independent review of your academy or program. You must reapply for reaccreditation to begin the reaccreditation process.

It is recommended that you reapply for reaccreditation immediately following the granting of your most recent accreditation. This allows the agency to submit N/A requests that will cover the entire reaccreditation period, and schedule future assessment dates.