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Accreditation Education Committee

To oversee, in cooperation with other Council on Accreditation committees, the continual development and implementation of all education activities that support the College of American Pathologists (CAP) Laboratory Accreditation Program for Inspectors, participating laboratories and program leadership; to further the adoption of good laboratory practices; and to support the role of the CAP as the leader in laboratory accreditation.

This committee reports to the Council on Accreditation. View a list of the Current Committee Members.

Time Commitment Requirements
Number of face-to-face meetings 3
Length of meetings 1 day
Typical meeting days Friday
Meeting locations One meeting takes place in Chicago and the others take place in two other locations.
Number of conference calls 4-6 (one-hour calls)
Hours per year Chair 10-20, Members 10-15 outside of committee meetings
Additional travel or time commitments
  • Chair is also a member of the Council on Accreditation
  • Chair or designee is a member of the Council on Education
  • Members may act as liaisons to other Council on Accreditation committees
  • Chair and members review and may present laboratory accreditation program audioconferences (generally 1-2 focus on compliance presentations each annually; 3-5 hours per audioconference)
  • Chair and members create and review accreditation educational content (generally 1-2 resources each annually: 1-2 hours per educational resource)
  • Chair and members called on occasionally to serve as faculty at workshops and seminars

Activities of Committee

  • Reviews, develops and recommends program policies regarding Inspector Education and Qualifications.
  • Provides guidance on and approves the curriculum necessary for establishing and maintaining a qualified inspector pool and continuous compliance with Accreditation Requirements for participating laboratories.
  • Reviews and approves education activity content and delivery systems to meet participant needs and supports the College’s laboratory improvement and educational objectives.
  • Provides technical input and expert source recommendations for accreditation education activities including lab prep.
  • Reviews data regarding common laboratory deficiencies to update education programs.
  • Refines and monitors metrics that assess the effectiveness of program education.
  • Provides guidance on program leadership training curriculum and requirements (eg, assigning commissioner training).

Expertise or Experience

Benefits of Committee Membership

  • Develop expertise in curriculum design, development, and management.
  • Identify and correct inspector deficiencies (feedback to own program).
  • Serve as faculty at Laboratory Accreditation Program workshops, seminars, and speaking engagements.