The National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences (NACCAS) is recognized by the US. Department of Education as a national agency for the institutional accreditation of postsecondary schools and departments of cosmetology arts and sciences, including specialized schools. It presently accredits approximately 1,500 institutions which serve over 100,000 students. These schools offer over twenty courses and programs of study which fall under NACCAS’ scope of accreditation.
Accreditation means that a school has met national standards of educational performance which have been established by an impartial non-governmental agency. The accrediting of schools by professional, national and regional associations of like schools (schools with similar objectives and subject content), has long characterized the American educational scene. Through the years, accreditation of schools has been the most authoritative and reliable index of a school's concern for integrity toward its students and quality education.