ACA Graduate Course Preapproval Program

Each year the Academy of Certified Archivists (ACA) must verify the qualifications of dozens of student applicants who want to take its Certification Examination. In the interest of saving time for both faculty members and the ACA Exam Administration Committee, the ACA has created a Graduate Course Preapproval Program to evaluate graduate-level archival courses.

This free program preapproves graduate courses in archival studies, library science, and information science programs. Faculty members who participate in the program need only to submit their course syllabi to the Graduate Course Preapproval Committee and be available via email to answer questions the committee might have once the syllabi are received.

Using a rubric based on the ACA’s Role Delineation Statement domains, the committee determines which courses meet the criteria for approval. We then contact the faculty members to inform them which courses have been approved (and if any haven’t, why), and how they can promote the courses as being “ACA-preapproved,” if they so choose.

The committee will reevaluate courses every five years, and faculty can submit additional syllabi when new classes are offered. For a list of currently preapproved classes, visit the Preapproved Course List.

Faculty members who want to submit syllabi for preapproval or have questions can contact Daria Labinsky, ACA Regent for Exam Administration, at

More information on the requirements needed to sit for the exam can be found on page 6 of the ACA Handbook. An explanation of what qualifies as graduate study in archival administration can be found on page 7 of the handbook.