Earning Accreditation

Earning the CAJPA Accreditation designation establishes a level of professionalism and quality service provided by your JPA. When pursuing your accreditation, you can expect the following process:

 

Application

Please complete the accreditation application form and return it to the CAJPA office located at 1215 K Street, Suite 940, Sacramento, CA 95814. You may also fax your form to 916-231-2141, or e-mail it to info@cajpa.org. Payment must be received with the completed application before moving forward with the Accreditation process. Download the Application.

JPA Submits Requested Documents

As soon as possible after submission of the application and fee, the JPA should submit as many of the requested documents as possible to the Accreditation Consultant. If it is not possible to submit all documents at the beginning of the project, the JPA may submit any remaining documents as they are available. Documents Required for Accreditation

Evaluation of Documents

Upon receipt of all documents, the Accreditation Consultant will review them and contact the JPA representative by telephone concerning any questions or missing documents.

On-site Visit

After a review of the documents, the Accreditation Consultant will contact the JPA representative to schedule a mutually agreeable date to conduct the site visit. The purpose of the site visit is to meet the person or persons responsible for management of the pool, discuss any questions arising from the documents and the operations of the pool, and to review other documents or materials not requested for advanced submittal. In general, site visits require approximately three to four hours.

Draft Report Submitted to Accreditation Committee and Applicants

A written report containing the findings and recommendations of the Accreditation Consultant will be prepared and submitted to the Accreditation Committee and the JPA applicant.

Accreditation Committee Review

The Accreditation Consultant will prepare a written report containing his findings and recommendations and submit it to the Accreditation Committee and application. The submitted report will then be present to the Accreditation Committee. The JPA representative will be notified of the date and time of this meeting and will be invited and encouraged to attend.

Final Steps

  • Accreditation with Excellence: This level of accreditation is reserved for those JPAs that exceed the mandatory requirements for accreditation and for which no conditions remain. The effective date of accreditation will be determined by the Accreditation Committee and will continue for a three year period.
  • Full Accreditation: When a JPA fully complies with all mandatory requirements and no conditions remain the Accreditation Committee will grant Full Accreditation status to the JPA. The effective date of accreditation will be determined by the Accreditation Committee and will continue for a three year period.
  • Conditional Accreditation: If there are conditions that must be met by the JPA prior to receiving Full Accreditation status, Conditional Accreditation is granted. The JPA has six months to fulfill these conditions to the satisfaction of the Accreditation Consultant. Upon satisfaction of such conditions, the conditional status is removed and the effective date of accreditation will be determined by the Accreditation Committee and will continue for a three year period.
  • Accreditation Deferred: The Accreditation Committee may require that the applicant JPA comply with various requirements prior to reconsideration by the Accreditation Committee. The JPA has six months to correct or to comply with the requirements as acted upon by the Accreditation Committee. The matter will then be reconsidered by the Accreditation Committee and, if all material items have been complied with, the Accreditation Committee will grant the appropriate accreditation status. The effective date of accreditation will be determined by the Accreditation Committee and will continue for a three year period.
  • Accreditation Denied: If the JPA is unable to meet the conditions and recommendations, the application for Accreditation will be denied. The JPA will then have the option of resubmitting an application once it believes it meets the Accreditation Standards.

Estimated Time for Accreditation Review

The usual time necessary for a full accreditation review is between four and six months. The actual time depends upon the complexity of the JPA and the time needed to compile and submit the documents. In addition, time must be allowed for a site visit and presentation of the report and recommendations to the Accreditation Committee.

Cost

The cost of a full accreditation review is based upon a fee structure that accounts for the size of the JPA (in terms of annual revenues) and the number of coverage programs. The cost is subject to a minimum of $2,750 and a maximum of $10,000. The cost for pre-accreditation review is 60 percent of the fee for accreditation and this fee can be applied to a subsequent accreditation review if initiated within three months after completion of the pre-accreditation review, or 50 percent can be applied if initiated after three months, but within 12 months.

Accredited with Excellence

Accredited


The list of Accredited JPAs was current at the time it was published. Additional JPAs may be in the process of accreditation or re-accreditation and may not appear in this listing. Please contact the CAJPA office for a current list.