Celebrating 20 Years of Excellence: The Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago

The Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago (ACTT) proudly celebrates its 20th anniversary as the nation’s principal body for conducting and advising on the accreditation and recognition of post-secondary and tertiary educational and training institutions, programmes and awards. Established as a statutory body by Act Chapter 39:06 of the Laws of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago on July 09, 2004 and officially launched in November, 2005, ACTT has been a cornerstone in the development of the post-secondary and tertiary education (PSTE) sector in Trinidad and Tobago.

Governed by a dedicated Council and staffed by a cadre of professionals, ACTT ensures the quality and integrity of higher education through the rigorous processes of registration, accreditation and recognition of institutions and programmes. Our commitment is to foster a culture of excellence and continuous improvement within the higher education landscape.

ACTT plays a vital role in driving social and economic development in alignment with the Education Policy 2023-2027. Since its inception, ACTT has worked closely with educational institutions, providing them with the necessary guidance and information to meet the standards required for registration, accreditation and recognition. Our focus is on empowering these institutions to embed robust quality assurance mechanisms within their structures, ensuring that their activities are continually informed by best practices.

Throughout its 20-year journey, ACTT has been dedicated to actively promoting to the public the importance of enrolling in registered, accredited, or recognised institutions. ACTT participates in career fairs in order to connect with prospective PSTE students and their families and encourage the critical evaluation of educational options before enrolment decisions are made. To support this effort, ACTT maintains a comprehensive Compendium of Institutions. This invaluable resource assists stakeholders who want to research potential PSTE institutions and programmes and increase the likelihood of enrolment at reputable, recognised schools that best meet their educational, career and professional goals, while eliminating the risk of being defrauded by diploma and/or accreditation mills.

Additionally, ACTT hosts a variety of workshops and conferences that address pertinent topics and trends in higher education. These events provide valuable platforms for knowledge-sharing and professional development, further reinforcing our commitment to maintaining the highest standards of education and fostering a culture of continuous improvement within the sector.

As we commemorate this significant milestone, ACTT reaffirms its unwavering commitment to the higher education sector to ensure that our educational institutions remain pillars of quality and innovation and guide our nation towards a more educated future.


Explore the impactful legacy of ACTT: its role, accomplishments and dedication to elevating quality assurance in the higher education sector.



ACTT registers its first Tertiary Level Institution in Trinidad - USC.jpg
2007: ACTT registers its 1st Tertiary Level Institution in Trinidad - USC
  ACTT re-opens of Tobago Office
2008: ACTT re-opens its Tobago Office

First Quality Assurance Week in Tobago - 2008
2008: 1st Quality Assurance Week in Tobago - Public display on the Esplanade

2009: 2nd Quality Assurance Week in Trinidad - Enhancing Programme Design through Indigenous Content and Context in TLIs Workshop
ACTT grants recognised status to the first foreign awardin body - ACCA
2009: ACTT grants recognised status to the 1st Foreign Awardin Body - ACCA 
  ACTT registers first tertiary institution in Tobago - THTI2009: ACTT registers its 1st Tertiary Level Institution in Tobago - THTI
Launch of Online Compendium
2011: Launch of Online Compendium

Conferment of Institutional Accreditation on COSTAATT, UWI and UTT 2011.JPG2011: Presentation of Conferment of Institutional Accreditation certificates

ACTT 2nd Quality in Tertiary Education Awards
2012: 2nd Quality in Tertiary Education Awards
2012: Launch of ACTT's Tobago Student Caravan
1st International Conference
2013: 1st International Conference

ACTT and Quality Assurance Agency partner to conduct reviews in Trinidad and Tobago
2014: ACTT and the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) partner to conduct
reviews in Trinidad and Tobago

First Tobago Symposium - A Vision for Higher Education2014: 1st Tobago Symposium - A Vision for Higher Education  
2014: ACTT relaunches its Student Caravan at North Eastern College
10th Anniversary Celebrations

2015: 10th Anniversary Awards - Employees recognised for 10 years service
  10th Anniversary Awardees

2015: 10th Anniversary Awards for distinguished contributions to the
development of the higher education and training sector

ACTT's 2nd International Conference
2015: 2nd International Conference

2015: Winners of ACTT's 5th National Essay Competition

2016: 4th National Quiz Winner - St Joseph's Convent, San Fernando
2018: ACTT and THA host the 15th Annual CANQATE Conference and AGM
First Annual Conference of Accredited Institutions
2018: 1st Annual Conference of Accredited Institutions
  1st Online Conference
2020: 1st Online Conference
Leading Tertiary Education Institutional Capacity Building - Panel Discussion
2021: Leading Tertiary Education Institutional Capacity Building - Panel Discussion
2022: Launch of National Qualifications Framework of Trinidad and Tobago
(NQF-TT) in collaboration with the National Training Agency