August 25, 2016
Education, Experience and Training Requirements


The importance of the commitment you have made to serve ABHES as a volunteer evaluator, whether in the capacity of Program Specialist or Administrative Team Leader, cannot be understated.  As a peer reviewer, you are an essential part of the accreditation process. You are the eyes and ears of the ABHES Commission. You represent ABHES; and, what you say and do, and your abilities as an evaluator, are reflective of ABHES.  ABHES is committed to ensuring that each evaluator has the necessary background and experience, and thorough training, to perform this important function.

Administrative Team Leaders
•At least two years of related education management experience
•Knowledge of and ability to review: student refunds, clock/credit hour conversion and allocation, satisfactory academic progress, program effectiveness plans (PEP); and general compliance with federal regulations required to be evaluated by accrediting agencies
•Suggested previous service on site visits with ABHES or other recognized accrediting agencies
•ABHES Evaluator Training, including Administrative Team Leader Training module

Program Specialists
•At least two years of related experience in the specialty area
•Appropriate educational background 
•Credentialing in the field, as applicable
•Evidence of teaching or development of curriculum, or service as a practitioner
•Evidence of currency in the field through active participation in the profession
•ABHES Evaluator Training 

Associate Degree Reviewers
•Bachelor’s degree from a program accredited by an agency recognized by the United States Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)
•ABHES Program Specialist qualifications above, as applicable
•ABHES Evaluator Training

Baccalaureate Degree Reviewers
•Master’s degree or earned doctorate degree from an institution/program accredited by an agency recognized by the United States Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)
•At least five years of instructional experience; student evaluation; academic advising; educational methods; or supervision of academic personnel, specific to the bachelor’s degree level, at a post-secondary institution
•Experience in the review, evaluation, and assessment of postsecondary programs, including curriculum; educational resources (electronic and hard copy); faculty administration and oversight; student services; and all aspects of the educational program(s) specific to the bachelor’s degree level   
•Aptitude and skill-set commensurate with the bachelor’s degree credential level   
•ABHES Evaluator Training, including Baccalaureate Degree Specialist Training module

Distance Education Specialists and Baccalaureate Reviewers
•At least two years of instructional experience in, or development or evaluation of, distance education programs
•ABHES Evaluator Training, including Distance Education Specialist Training module                                

Surgical Technology Program Specialists
•Program Specialist qualifications above, specific to Surgical Technology
•ABHES Evaluator Training, including Surgical Technology Specialist Training module                               

Surgical Technology Specialist Training

Training workshops are offered several times a year, in conjunction with the National Conference on Allied Health Education and education conferences, and online as needed.  (Click here for a list of upcoming training events.)  Workshops are complementary for qualified participants; however, travel expenses are not reimbursed.  Register at  To register for online training, contact

If you are interested in serving as an on-site evaluator for ABHES, please review the information under the Becoming an ABHES Evaluator  tab, which provides links to the required evaluator forms found in the Evaluator Packet.

Thank you for your willingness to share your expertise and contribute to the peer accreditation process.