The Commission on Accreditation (COA) is responsible for the accreditation of Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work degree programs in Canada. The CASWE-ACFTS Standards for Accreditation and Procedures for Accreditation are based on the educational policies, standards and procedures adopted by the CASWE-ACFTS Board of Directors.
The COA is currently composed of fifteen (15) social work faculty/educators from across Canada and is jointly chaired by a Francophone member (Dr. Louise Carignan) and an Anglophone member (Dr. Patricia MacKenzie). The COA is supported in their work by the Accreditation Coordinator who is based out of the CASWE-ACFTS Office located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
The CASWE-ACFTS Standards for Accreditation outlines the Principles and Standards guiding the Accreditation of Bachelor and Master of Social Work programs in Canada, including the core learning objectives for students. The CASWE-ACFTS Procedures for Accreditation outlines the accreditation process (including details on deadlines and due dates), specifies the types of accreditation, and provides an explanation of the reconsideration and appeal process. It also clarifies financial responsibility for the accreditation process, defines conflict of interest, identifies confidentiality issues, student relations, and the Commission on Accreditation (COA) responsibilities.