Workshops and Program Trainings

NAAB-accredited and applicant programs are encouraged to seek out training and professional development opportunities geared toward program improvement. Such programs may be available through a number of professional organizations both inside and outside of the field of architecture. In doing so, please be advised that the trainings offered by NAAB and listed on this page comprise the only official training program recognized by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) to assist in preparing programs for the accreditation process and to comply with the NAAB 2020 Conditions and Procedures. NAAB does not recognize or endorse any other training program and does not take a position with respect to any claims made by such training programs of their quality, effectiveness, or impact on a program’s experience in the accreditation process or its outcome.

Upcoming Trainings

Wrapping Up Your APR

This workshop is designed for programs who will be submitting their APR in fall 2024. The session will include a review of the 2020 Conditions and the accreditation process, the assessment cycle, ways to demonstrate compliance, and elements of good practice in writing the APR. Representatives of programs with APRs due in fall 2024 should attend.

Who Should Attend? Representatives of programs with APRs due in fall 2024

Dates:
Tuesday, April 23, 2024
10:00am – 12:00pm ET

Tuesday, May 7, 2024
2:00pm – 4:00pm ET

Hosting a Site Visit

This workshop is designed for programs who will be hosting site visits in fall 2024. The session will provide participants with a review of the accreditation process, pre-visit preparations, and the logistics of hosting a team of site visitors.

Who Should Attend? Representatives of programs with site visits in fall 2024

Dates:
Tuesday, April 30, 2024
2:00pm – 4:00pm ET

Friday, May 3, 2024
10:00am – 12:00pm ET

How to Write an APR

This workshop is designed for programs submitting an APR in 2025. The session will include a review of the 2020 Conditions, introduce programs to the components of the APR, provide guidance for writing the APR, and ensure participants understand the resources available to them during the process.

Who Should Attend? Representatives of programs with APRs due in 2025

Dates:
Tuesday, May 21, 2024
10:00am – 12:00pm ET

Thursday, June 6, 2024
2:00pm – 4:00pm ET

Completing Your Program’s Annual Report

Join NAAB for a live training session on the 2024 Annual Report Form and submission. All NAAB-accredited programs are required to submit an Annual Report by Dec. 15. During the session, we show you how to navigate the new Accreditation Management System, review the report requirements, and answer any questions you may have.

Who Should Attend? Representatives of accredited programs who are responsible for submitting the program’s Annual Report

Dates:
Wednesday, July 10, 2024
12:00pm – 1:00pm ET

Tuesday, July 16, 2024
4:00pm – 5:00pm ET

NAAB Accreditation Office Hours

Accreditation Office Hours are held from 12:00-1:00 pm ET on the second Tuesday of every month and from 4:00-5:00 pm ET on the fourth Thursday of each month. Office Hours is an open forum to engage with NAAB staff and peers to discuss questions, ideas, and innovations in your programs. To join us, please click on the registration links below. You will need to register for each session you would like to attend. 

Thursday, April 25, 2024 4-5 Eastern: Registration Link 

Tuesday, May 14, 2024 12-1 Eastern: Registration Link 

Thursday, May 23, 2024 4-5 Eastern: Registration Link 

Tuesday, June 11, 2024 12-1 Eastern: Registration Link 

Thursday, June 27, 2024 4-5 Eastern: Registration Link 

Tuesday, July 9, 2024 12-1 Eastern: Registration Link

Thursday, July 25, 2024 4-5 Eastern: Registration Link

Tuesday, August 13, 2024 12-1 Eastern: Registration Link

Thursday, August 22, 2024 4-5 Eastern: Registration Link

Tuesday, September 10, 2024 12-1 Eastern: Registration Link

Thursday, September 26, 2024 4-5 Eastern: Registration Link

Tuesday, October 8, 2024 12-1 Eastern: Registration Link

Thursday, October 24, 2024 4-5 Eastern: Registration Link

Tuesday, November 12, 2024 12-1 Eastern: Registration Link

Tuesday, December 10, 2024 12-1 Eastern: Registration Link

Please note, Tuesday and Thursday Office Hours use different registration links.

Past Trainings

How to Host a Successful On-Campus Site Visit under the 2020 Conditions

Intended for program administrators and faculty, this presentation is designed to provide guidance and insight into hosting successful in-person site visits for NAAB accreditation. (Originally presented at the 2023 ACSA Administrators Conference) 

How to Write an Architecture Program Report (APR)

This session focuses on elements of the APR and provides guidance on effective reporting and clear formatting techniques, reviews outcomes-based assessment, and offers lessons learned from visiting teams, board members, and program directors who have written or reviewed an APR under the 2020 Conditions and Procedures. This presentation is helpful for those programs looking ahead to preparing their APR as well as those already in the process of writing and gathering evidence. Advance each slide in the PowerPoint show with a click.

2020 Conditions and Procedures: Accreditation Review 

This session focuses on outcomes-based assessment framework, discussion of program and student criteria, and examples of evidence for compliance.  (Originally presented at the 2021 ACSA Administrators Conference) 

2020 Conditions and Procedures: Organizing Evidence with the Digital Guidelines

As part of the virtual site visits, and according to the 2020 Conditions and Procedures, programs need to organize all their evidence of compliance in a digital format for their accreditation visit. NAAB developed the Digital Guidelines to help programs collect and organize their supporting documentation in a standardized format to allow for an efficient review by visiting teams. Join NAAB Directors and Staff in the discussion of Digital Guidelines.

Ask NAAB: Q&A with NAAB Directors and Staff

We know that the accreditation process can be confusing and raise many questions. From when to start to how granular the evidence of compliance needs to be, NAAB is here to answer questions from programs interested in accreditation. Whether your program is going through re-accreditation or seeking accreditation for the first time, this session will provide an opportunity to get more information about the process.

2020 Conditions and Procedures: In-Depth Review of Program and Student Criteria

Overview of the requirements for Condition 3 including the difference between Program and Student Criteria, information on teaching and learning practices, and examples of evidence for programs to demonstrate compliance with the Criteria. 

2020 Conditions and Procedures: Outcomes-Based Assessment Framework

Review of outcomes-based practices, cycle of assessment, and examples of evidence to demonstrate compliance with 2020 Conditions and on-going program improvement. 

Implementation of the 2020 Conditions and Procedures

Overview of 2020 Conditions including the process that led to their development and the philosophy of shared values; innovation; and diversity, equity, and inclusivity; with a focus on assessment. Review of supporting 2020 Procedures for collecting and submitting evidence of compliance and student work. (Originally presented at the 2021 ACSA Annual Meeting)

Your Questions Answered: 2021 Visits under the 2020 Conditions

Q&A Session built around questions from program administrators and faculty.

© 2024 by the National Architectural Accrediting Board. All Rights Reserved.

These training materials (content) were developed by the National Architectural Accreditation Board (NAAB) for the exclusive use of NAAB-accredited and applicant programs. As such all content is the property of NAAB and is protected under U.S. Copyright laws. You may not copy, reproduce, distribute, publish, display, perform, modify, create derivative works, transmit, or in any way exploit any such content, nor may you distribute any part of this content over any network, including a local area network, sell or offer it for sale, or use such content to construct any kind of database. You may not alter or remove any copyright or other notice from copies of the content on the NAAB website. Copying or storing any content except as provided above is expressly prohibited without prior written permission of NAAB.