Key Takeaways

  • To advance the quality of senior centers nationwide, NISC developed the program with nine standards of excellence for senior center operations. 

  • When the self-assessment committee has completed their review of the standards, it's time to decide if the center meets the standard criteria.

  • Materials need to be gathered and submitted to the NCOA/NISC, National Accreditation Office. This checklist helps make sure your center has all required documentation.

NISC's accreditation process improves and strengthens overall senior center operations. It results in official recognition that a senior center is meeting its mission in a nationally accepted, professional fashion.

During the self-assessment process, staff, participants, board members, aging service agency representatives, and the community come together to look at the senior center and compare it to the standards that have been established by NISC.

When the NISC self-assessment committee has completed their review of the standards, it is time to decide if the center meets the standard criteria at a level acceptable to apply for accreditation. This checklist includes the documentation required for NISC accreditation.