FAQs

  • Self-Study FAQs
  • How long has the COSMA been in existence?
    The COSMA was founded in 2008. Click here to learn more about the COSMA's history.
  • What does it cost to be a member of the COSMA?
    Annual Membership are as follows:

Institutional Member

Individual Membership

    1. Standard member - $1800 per year

$30 per year.

  • How much does a site visit cost?
    Site visit costs include the accreditation fee, honoraria for a two-person site visit team for two days, and transportation, lodging, and other expenses for the site visit team. The cost for a site visit is normally between $3000 and $4000. Costs may be higher if multiple sites or complex programs are involved.  For more information on site visit costs and procedures, download the COSMA Accreditation Process Manual.
  • What forms of payment do you accept for dues, conferences, and special events?
    Payments may be remitted by check, or credit card. Checks should be mailed to the COSMA at COSMA, c/o AAHPERD Business Office, 1900 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191.  Credit card payments can be made by calling 703.476.3453..
  • How long does it take to become accredited?
    The length of time that it takes to become accredited depends on the institution. In exceptional situations, the process might be completed in as little as 12 months, and the average time is 12-18 months. Once a program becomes a candidate for accreditation, it has up to five years to complete a self-study and have a site visit.
  • Where are Accreditation Workshops held?
    Accreditation and site reviewer training workshops are held twice a year: at NASSM (May) and in October, concurrent with other conferences (e.g., SMA, SEVT, etc.) and webinars are held regularly.  Check the News for updated information or contact COSMA directly.
  • How do I become a site visit evaluator?
    Potential site evaluators should first become an individual or institutional member of COSMA and then submit a current vita. The next step in the process is to successfully complete a site evaluator training session. Site visit evaluator training sessions are conducted once a year and as webinars on an as-needed basis.