The TEPA Accreditation Program consists of the three following components:

1. Pre-Application Technical Assistance

Organizations that wish to obtain TEPA Accreditation can request pre-application technical assistance. Independent consultants with appropriate expertise are available to provide assistance to:

  • Design curriculum guides
  • Update existing materials
  • Track down sources of statements
  • Develop new materials

This assistance is charged on a per-hour basis.

2. Initial TEPA Accreditation

The Initial TEPA Accreditation consists of a review of five elements:

1. Name of the program, e.g., “How to Develop a Safety Plan”

2. Specification of the target group

3. Description of the qualifications (i.e., education, training, and relevant experience) of the person(s) who present the program.

4. Presenter Materials: Curriculum guide, teaching lesson, training manual, or other similar document for the presenter that outlines topics and instructional content.[1]

5. Learner Materials: Content information provided to learners, trainees, or members of the general public. Learner Materials include handouts, fact sheets, checklists, and practice protocols. Learner Materials also include audio-visuals, Powerpoint presentations, web pages (including static content on Facebook), or other media that convey content information.

Initial TEPA Accreditation is charged on the basis of an Initial Application Fee, plus a Page Fee as appropriate for longer applications. The Initial TEPA Accreditation remains in effect for three years.

3. Renewal TEPA Accreditation

TEPA Renewal Accreditation ensures that accredited Training, Education, and Public Awareness programs continue to disseminate accurate and up-to-date information and to rely upon appropriately qualified presenters.

The Renewal TEPA Accreditation consists of the same five elements as the Initial TEPA Accreditation:

1. Name of the program

2. Specification of the target group

3. Description of the qualifications of the person(s) who present the program.

4. Presenter Materials

5. Learner Materials

The Renewal TEPA Accreditation remains in effect for three more years.

Renewal TEPA Accreditation is charged on the basis of a Renewal Application Fee, plus a Page Fee as appropriate for longer applications. The Renewal Accreditation and Page Fees are lower than the Initial Accreditation and Page Fees.

Seal of Accreditation

Approved applications receive a Seal of Accreditation to be displayed on accredited TEPA materials. The Seal of Accreditation indicates the dates of the approval period, e.g., “July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2013:”

SAVE's TEPA seal

Accredited Presenter Materials and Learner Materials are listed on the SAVE website, along with the dates of the approval period.


(1) A curriculum guide may also delineate program objectives, learning methods, and evaluation methods. Such information is not the focus of the TEPA Accreditation Program. However, applicants may wish to consult this guide: Fisher D, Lang KS, Wheaton J. Training Professionals in the Primary Prevention of Sexual and Intimate Partner Violence: A Planning Guide. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2010.