The Council on Occupational Education, or COE, started as a regional accreditation agency as part of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). From 1971 to 1995, the agency was responsible for accrediting post-secondary occupational training programs in the 11 southeastern states in the SACS. After 1995, the COE granted national accreditation.
The COE is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, and continues to be the major national accrediting body for both non-degree granting and applied associate's degrees in postsecondary programs. The COE exists to ensure that programs and schools that are accredited provide the highest standards of academic integrity, career placement, and teaching. The COE provides a set of standards that accredited programs must meet or exceed and continue to uphold to maintain their accreditation standing.
Students that select a COE-accredited school or program can be assured that their degree will be recognized by prospective employers within the industry. As a student of a COE-certified school, you will feel secure in that your educational and professional standards of the postsecondary institute are monitored and accurate provides real peace of mind when selecting a school.
The COE will then review the reports and grant accreditation if the institute or program meets the criteria. The complete steps for accreditation for COE can be found on their website, at http://www.council.org/.