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The Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC) engages in continuous improvement through the periodic review and revision of the accreditation standards contained within the Handbook of Accreditation for Academic Degrees and Awards in Project, Program, and Portfolio Management and Related Programs Fourth Edition (4.0)


Continuous improvement is necessary to respond to stakeholder feedback, program performance results, the dynamic and evolving nature of the management of projects, and teaching and learning practices. 


The GAC Directors engaged in assessment, research, benchmarking, and deliberation through face-to-face and virtual meetings, culminating in consensus on the Draft Handbook, 5th Edition Eligibility Requirements and Accreditation Standards. 


Summary of Changes

Enhanced Eligibility Requirements: To expand GAC scope to include academic, credit-bearing certificate programs, two-year undergraduate programs, and international higher education differences

Infused Continuous Improvement: To incorporate Standards 7 by embedding continuous improvement in all standards

Clarify expectations: Make clear the requirement to provide evidence 

Update Requirements: In line with the evolving nature of the management of projects


As part of standard practice in higher education accreditation, the GAC invites public comment from GAC stakeholders through a survey. Comments will be reviewed and considered by the GAC Directors, before final adoption of any changes. The finalized Eligibility Requirements and Accreditation Standards will be published in Handbook, 5th Edition in 2023 and the GAC will communicate the effective date and timeline for implementation. 


Comments must be received by 15 September 2022. 

Please contact [email protected] with questions.