Provider Accreditation Resources

In order to be an Introductory Course Provider, entities will need to structure and develop their 80-Hour Introductory Course. As a provider, you must meet the required criteria as outlined in the A-STEP Standards for Accreditation. To make the accreditation process simpler for you, we have developed the below resources to utilize for the application process.


Review the A-STEP Standards for Accreditation, consisting of criteria that must be met in order to obtain accreditation. The standards can be referenced as you develop your programs course curriculum and procedural materials.

Provider Accreditation Application

To begin the accreditation process of becoming a provider, complete the New Course Provider Application. The provider application and all supporting documents are required for submission.

Policies and Procedures

The A-STEP Resource Manual provides the minimum standard requirements, allowing providers to customize and tailor the documents to fit the needs of their program. Complete the Inquiry for Introductory Course Provider Applicants Form to obtain access to the manual.

Standard Syllabus

Providers can create their course syllabus from scratch or utilize the A-STEP Standard Syllabus, a guideline for teaching the 80-Hour Introductory Course.

Standard Online Learning Syllabus

Providers may choose to provide a portion of the didactic session online. Those who wish to offer a portion of the program online must complete the Standard Online Learning Syllabus.

Provider Application Invoice

As part of the application process, you must submit the Application Invoice and associated fee. A-STEP accreditation is exclusive to AASM Accredited Facilities, who can also be partnered with an academic institution. The standard application fee is $1,500—AASM Facility Members receive a discounted application fee of $1,200. Please note that the payment must be received within 14 days of application completion and submission.

Marketing Tool Kit

Upon accreditation approval, the provider will receive the A-STEP Marketing Tool Kit and instructor reference materials. The marketing tool kit will include the following items in promotion of the course:

  • Press Release
  • Program Brochure
  • Terminology Style Guide
  • 80-Hour Introductory Course Flyer