Accreditation Update (Applicant Status)

A few days ago we received some fantastic news from ABHE. They accepted our initial application and have officially granted CCBC “Applicant Status”. Here is ABHE’s official statement regarding CCBC’s progress toward accreditation:

Calvary Chapel Bible College holds applicant status with the Association for Biblical Higher Education Commission on Accreditation, located at 5850 T. G. Lee Blvd., Ste. 130, Orlando, Florida, 32822, (407) 207-0808. Applicant status is a pre-membership status granted to those institutions that meet the ABHE Conditions of Eligibility and that possess such qualities as may provide a basis for achieving candidate status within five years.

Until now, we only had “Affiliate” status with ABHE, which was good but very basic. Many “Affiliate” institutions never pursue accreditation. ABHE Affiliates are not “member” institutions.

Over the past six months or so, we’ve been working on foundational issues like our governance, documentation, and degree program requirements, trying to satisfy ABHE’s 22 “Conditions of Eligibility”. Since ABHE accepted our application and the evidence we provided for the 22 Conditions, we are now listed under “members” on their website (, and we are officially past the first big hurdle in the accreditation process.

CCBC is still not accredited (since that is a process that takes several years), but Applicant Status is a huge step forward in the process. CCBC will now focus on it’s self study and work towards the next milestone in our accreditation journey, candidate status.