About the TCAT //

Governance and Accreditation

The Tennessee Board of Regents

The Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology are governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) system. The TBR is the largest higher education system in Tennessee, governing 40 post-secondary educational institutions. The TBR system is comprised of thirteen community colleges and twenty-seven technology colleges.

Chancellor Flora Tydings
Tennessee Board of Regents
1 Bridgestone Park, Third Floor
Nashville, TN 37214
http://www.tbr.edu

The activities of the Tennessee Board of Regents System are coordinated with the Tennessee Higher Education System in an effort to achieve unity in the programs of higher education in Tennessee.

Executive Director Mike Krause
Tennessee Higher Education Commission
404 James Robertson Parkway, Suite 1900
Nashville, TN 37243
https://www.tn.gov/thec/

Advisory Committees

Advisory committees provide information and recommendations to assist administrative and instructional staff members in the effective operation of the college; assessing the needs of the students and local industry; and keeping abreast of the latest equipment, methods, and technologies.

The ultimate goal of advisory committees is to make valuable recommendations for the development of new programs and to remain current in already established programs. 

College Accreditation

Tennessee College of Applied Technology is accredited by Commission of the Council on Occupational Education (COE).

Council on Occupational Education
7840 Roswell Road, Building 300, Suite 325
Atlanta, GA 30350
(770) 396-3968
http://www.council.org

The COE, originally founded in 1971 as a regional accrediting agency of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, is the successor to the Commission on Occupational Education Institutions (COEI). In 1995, the Council became a national accrediting agency. In 2006, the Council celebrated its 35th year of assuring quality and integrity in career and technical education. The Council's accreditation process is conducted on behalf of more than 181,000 students across the nation who pursue careers in a variety of technical fields.

Program Accreditations and Certifications

Some TCAT programs are accredited by external organizations. In addition, students in certain programs may be required or have the opportunity to sit for certified examinations to demonstrate expertise. The following is a list of accreditations and certifications by program:

Electrical and Plumbing Construction Technology

Accreditation

  • Council on Occupational Education

Certifications

  • OHSA 10 Certification

Residential/Commercial Wiring and Plumbing

Accreditation

  • Council on Occupational Education

Certifications

  • Limited Licensed Electrician (LLE)
  • State Limited Licensed Plumber (LLP)

Welding (South Lawrence Instructional Service Center)

Accreditation

  • Council on Occupational Education

Certifications

  • Shielded Metal Arc Welding Certification
  • Gas Metal Arc (MIG) Welding Certification
  • Pipe Welding Certification
  • Gas Tungsten Arc (TIG) Welding Certification

Building Construction Technology

Accreditation

  • Council on Occupational Education

Certifications

  • State Limited Licensed Electrician (LLE) Exam
  • State Limited Licensed Plumber (LLP) Exam

Advanced Manufacturing Education

Accreditation

  • Council on Occupational Education

Certifications

  • Fluid Power Training Institute for Hydraulics

Welding Technology (Pulaski)

Accreditation

  • Council on Occupational Education
  • American Welding Society (AWS)

Certifications

  • Shielding Metal Arc Welding Certification
  • Gas Metal Arc Welding Certification
  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding Certification

Practical Nursing

Accreditation

  • National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN)
  • Council on Occupational Education

Certifications

  • Tennessee Board of Nursing – Approved

Pharmacy Technician

Accreditation

  • Council on Occupational Education

Certifications

  • Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination (PTCE)

CNC Machining Technology

Accreditation

  • Council on Occupation Education
  • National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS)

Certifications

  • NIMS certifications

Industrial Maintenance Technology

Accreditation

  • Council on Occupational Education

Certifications

  • EPA Section 608 Certification

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning/Refrigeration

Accreditation

  • HVAC Excellence
  • Council on Occupational Education

Certifications

  • EPA Certification
  • R-410A Certification
  • NATE HVAC Core Service Exam (NATE HVAC Core Installation Certification)
  • NATE HVAC Specialty Heat Pump Service Exam (Specialty Heat Pump Installation Air Conditioning Service, and Installation Certification)

Computer Operating Systems and Network Technology

Accreditation

  • Council on Occupational Education

Certifications

  • CompTIA A+
  • CompTIA Network+
  • CompTIA Security+

Administrative Office Technology

Accreditation

  • Council on Occupational Education

Certifications

  • TestOut Microsoft Office Certifications