Accreditation Process Chart

Step 1:  Application & Contract

  1. Complete the interest for located here
  2. Candidate Agency selects Accreditation Manager to oversee the program
  3. Contract and ILEAC accreditation standards are sent to the agency
  4. The accreditation fee must be received along with the return contract 
  5. Accreditation Manager receives appropriate training as provided by ILEAC


Step 2:  Self Assessment

  1. Thorough examination of existing policies and procedures.
  2. In-house system developed to collect information regarding compliance with standards.
  3. Prepare forms and collect proofs of compliance for each standard.
  4. Prepares for 2 day on-site assessment by ILEAC Assessors.


Step 3:  On-site Assessment

  1. Agency contacts ILEAC to request the on-site assessment.
  2. ILEAC selects assessors from an available pool to conduct the on-site assessment.
  3. ILEAC makes all lodging and per diem arrangements for the assessment team (if applicable).
  4. Assessors review all standards and verify the agency’s compliance with those standards through file review, interview, observation, etc.
  5. The assessment team provides ILEAC with a formal written report regarding their findings during the on-site.
  6. The candidate agency is provided a copy of the final report from ILEAC.
  7. Assessor Team approves or denies accreditation request.


Step 4: Maintaining Compliance

  1. Accreditation must be maintained on an annual basis with reaccreditation audits to be scheduled every year
  2. The reaccreditation fee must be paid prior to scheduling the audit
  3. Agencies who find themselves in non-compliance with a particular standard(s) should contact ILEAC immediately.
  4. Agencies must continue to comply with established standards and collect proofs of compliance for file building and future re-accreditation on-sites.