what is accreditation?

Cerritos College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). ACCJC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) as a reliable authority regarding the quality of education offered by the institutions it accredits in keeping with the Higher Education Act of 1965. ACCJC is also recognized by the the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), which has established criteria that define a quality review system for accrediting agencies.  ACCJC accredits institutions in the United States, with a primary mission of granting associate degrees; institutions accredited by ACCJC may also award certificates and other credentials, including bachelor's degrees.

Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC)
428 J Street, Suite 400
Sacramento, CA 95814
P: (415) 506-0234 I E:


Accredited Status

The College is fully accredited and we continue to meet or exceed the accreditation Standards. 

The College will submit an Institutional Self-Evaluation (ISER) Report to ACCJC by August 1, 2026. A Focused Site Visit will be scheduled in Spring 2027.



Students and members of the public who desire to file a formal complaint to the Commission about one of its member institutions should become familiar with the requirements for doing so prior to contacting the Commission. The Commission’s Policy on Student and Public Complaints Against Institutions explains the issues the Commission can address through its complaint process and the procedures for filing a complaint using the ACCJC Complaint Form on the ACCJC website.

ACCJC’s complaint process allows students, employees, and members of the public to provide information about an institution’s ability to meet the Commission’s Standards. Accordingly, ACCJC only considers a complaint against member institutions that relates solely to Eligibility Requirements, Accreditation Standards, and Commission Policies. When the Commission does receive a complaint about a candidate or accredited institution, it reviews that information to determine if it is relevant to the compliance of that institution with the Commission’s Standards.

Should your complaint fall outside of the scope of ACCJC's policy, other agencies may be able to assist you: