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Accreditation Overview

Creating Excellence Together

Creating Excellence Together (CET) is the only accrediting standards in Alberta that

  • were created for Albertans with developmental disabilities
  • were developed in consultation with individuals with developmental disabilities, their families, guardians and staff

As a result, CET addresses all of the aspects of life that are important to Albertans who access services.

The CET Standards are the provincial benchmark for assessing the three main components of an organization's operations.

  • Services that ensure individuals have quality of life
  • The quality of service needed to provide and maintain quality of life for clients
  • All aspects of the organizational framework

The 2016 version of the CET Standards are ready! Complete the Order Form to get your digital, server version, or hard copy version.

Why Accreditation?

As a status, CET accreditation affirms publicly that an organization's services meet the standards of quality expected by the funders and users of Community Disability Services (CDS). These services are listed on the certificate that ACDS presents to the organization after the survey.

As a process, accreditation is ACDS' method of recognizing and acknowledging an organization's services. Being accredited shows that the organization is committed to excellence and the pursuit of continuous quality improvement.


From 1972 to 1973, the Alberta Council of Disability Services (ACDS) and service provider representatives

  • discussed forming a committee to consider standardized levels of service
  • talked about possible standards, and
  • began initial development of Creating Excellence Together (CET).


CET was based on the belief that standards should be developed in partnership with the community sector and measured using a review system conducted by experienced management-level workers in the field.

By 1984, the Accreditation Process and a Review Committee were established to review the standards manual and develop policies and procedures for the accreditation process.

In 1985, the first Commission on Accreditation was formed.

Accreditation was first granted to a South Region service provider on February 7, 1986.

By 1991, ACDS has published the Striving for Quality (SFQ) Manual and Handbook.

Ten years later, ACDS introduced the mandatory standards to address the requirements surrounding positive and restrictive procedures.

ACDS-PDD Partnership

In October 1994, ACDS and Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD; the former Services for Persons with Disabilities) established a partnership to evaluate services to adults with developmental disabilities and collaborated to develop the CET standards. Twenty-eight focus groups (approx. 300 individuals with disabilities, families, and guardians) were conducted across Alberta in 1996. The information and feedback from these groups were used to develop the outcome-based quality of life standards.

By 1999, the partnership moved into the implementation stage for the CET certification level of the standards, which culminated in the publication of the CET standards.

Premier's Award of Excellence

In 1999, Lyle Oberg tabled CET in the legislature, and ACDS was awarded the Premier's Award of Excellence.

ACDS Head Office

160 3015-12 Street NE
Calgary, AB  T2E 7J2
Ph: (403) 250-9495
Fax: (403) 291-9864

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