To become an Introductory Course Provider, entities will need to structure and develop their own 80-Hour Introductory Course as outlined in the A-STEP Standard Syllabus. As a provider, you must meet the required criteria outlined in the A-STEP Standards for Accreditation. To make the accreditation process simpler, we have developed the below resources to utilize during the application process.
Review the A-STEP Standards for Accreditation, consisting of criteria that must be met to obtain accreditation. The standards can be referenced as you develop your programs course curriculum and procedural materials.
Policies and Procedures
The A-STEP Resource Manual provides the minimum standard requirements, allowing providers to customize and tailor their policies and procedures to meet accreditation standards. To obtain access to the Resource Manual, complete the Inquiry for Introductory Course Provider Applicants Form.
A-STEP Standard Syllabus
Providers can choose to create their own 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 offer a portion of the didactic session online (Standard 20). In order to offer a portion of the program online, you must complete and submit the Standard Online Learning Syllabus for review.
Provider Application Invoice
As part of the application process, you must complete and submit the Application Invoice with the associated fee. The standard application fee is $1,500—AASM facility members benefit by receiving a discounted application fee of $1,200. Please note that the payment must be received within 14 days of application submission.
Marketing Tool Kit
Upon accreditation approval, the provider will receive the Marketing Tool Kit including the following:
- Press Release
- Program Brochure
- Terminology Style Guide
- 80-Hour Introductory Course Flyer