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Getting Started

Behind The Gold Seal of Approval® is a health care organization committed to quality. Seeking accreditation is voluntary and shows a commitment to ensuring a safe and effective environment for those you serve.

We accredit providers across the continuum of care. Select your health care setting to get started.


Support Every Step of the Way

Accreditation and certification are important accomplishments to achieve and we are here to help your organization throughout the entire process. Whether you’re new to The Joint Commission and just starting on your journey, or you are looking for guidance after your survey or review, you’ll have plenty of on-going support.

If you’re pursuing accreditation for the first time, a member of our Business Development team will help you determine if your organization is eligible, explain the process, provide you with access to the accreditation standards and inform you about other helpful resources available to you. Once your application and deposit* has been submitted, an Account Executive will then become your primary, on-going “go to” person to help you through the process before, during and after the survey.

Our Business Development Team and Account Executives provide the support and resources you need.


*Some exceptions exist for currently accredited organizations pursuing select certifications.

Joint Commission Connect

Joint Commission Connect® is our personalized extranet site, dedicated to supporting your organization once you begin your journey. You can use it to access helpful resources and critical updates to maintain expectations throughout your ongoing relationship with The Joint Commission.

Also inside of Joint Commission Connect you’ll find our Readiness Roadmap toolkit which organizes literally hundreds of helpful documents, webinar recordings, videos, checklists, and crosswalks into user-friendly, sortable categories to help make finding specific resources quick and easy. It’s a valuable tool no matter where you are in the accreditation, certification, or verification process.