3.1. Introduction to Candidacy

The candidacy process is a developmental approach to beginning a social work program. Following submission of the Candidacy Eligibility Application, programs begin to develop a series of benchmark documents. The benchmark model is a systematic, incremental approach to developing a social work program and writing a comprehensive self-study. Programs may read more about the candidacy process and benchmark model in section 3 of the EPAS Handbook.
Programs interested in submitting the Candidacy Eligibility Application should contact the Associate Director of Accreditation Operations and Technology.  Institutions are only permitted to have one program in Candidacy at a time.  Only ten programs may be reviewed for Candidacy on any individual COA meeting. Once ten programs have applied for Candidacy, subsequent Draft Benchmark One approvals will be automatically placed on the next available agenda.