Council on Occupational Education (COE)

The Council on Occupational Education (COE) is the council that accredits the educational institutions that provide the career and technical education to their students.

Updated by Ankita Paul on 1st September 2018

Council on Occupational Education (COE)

The Council on Occupational Education (COE) is a national certifying organization of advanced education institutions and is perceived by the U.S. Department of Education.

This organization gives accreditations as a non-degree granting and degree allowing organization to post-secondary colleges.

The Council's maxim is to guarantee quality and morality in career and technical training.

 Guiding Values of Council on Occupational Education

The core guiding values of the Council on Occupational education includes-

  • Trustworthiness

  • Transparency

  • Accountability

  • Commitment

  • Flexibility

  • Innovation

  • Collaboration

Eligibility Requirements of COE

The eligibility requirements for colleges for COE accreditation includes:

  • The institution should provide post-secondary education in career and technical education.

  • The institution should provide qualifications not higher than for the applied associate degree.

  • The graduates should have been passed out from this institution having completed the necessarily required hours for the program.

  • The institution should not have been denied accreditation by a regional or national agency which is approved by the U.S. Department of Education.

  • It should be legally working from a location that is legal and it should be for a minimum of one year.

  • It should have possessed a license for a minimum of one year for continuous operation.

  • It should have the administrative capabilities to operate the programs and support them.

  • It should also be financially supported to meet the financial requirements as and when the need arises.

  • It should also agree to comply with all the requirements of the Council.

 Decision Making Bodies of COE

There is a commission that takes the important decisions of the Council. It has a Chairperson, a Vice-chairperson, secretary or treasurer, 16 members and an ex-officio.

The committees that are in this commission includes-

  • Executive Committee

  • Commission on Finance

  • Commission on Policies & Rules

  • Review Committee

There are also committees in the council which includes-

  • Committee on Nominations

  • Committee on Accreditation Standards and Conditions

  • Council Appeal Panel


The Council on Occupational Education is the accrediting body that accredits institutions which provide career and technical education according to accreditation the standards of the Council. It is the institution that provides accreditation to post-secondary applied associate career and technical education.