NEW CPA and APA launch the First Street Accord, a mutual agreement on accreditation

In 2012, the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) and American Psychological Association (APA) approved and signed the First Street Accord.  The Accord is a mutual recognition agreement on accreditation.  It demonstrates that the APA views the accreditation standards and principles of the CPA as equivalent to the Commission on Accreditation guidelines and principles.  Similarly, the CPA views the accreditation guidelines and principles of the Commission on Accreditation as equivalent to the accreditation standards and principles of the CPA.  This mutual recognition agreement applies only to the accreditation activities each association undertakes in its own country.  It is an agreement that recognizes the equivalence of the systems of accreditation of the CPA and APA and does not confer any reciprocal accreditation status on any of the programs they accredit.  The entirety of the agreement can be found at First Street Accord.