Accreditation and Standards Council Information

You are invited to attend any Regional or National Conference offered by the Administrative Personnel Association prior to becoming a member.  Course hours accumulated will be kept on file for one year from date taken.  Within that year, if you become a member, those hours will count toward certification.

Polity, Please

Administrative Personnel Association members, be aware: You must now take a Polity class at least once every three years to maintain your current certification level.  The National Council on Accreditation and Standards approved the measure at the 2017 national conference.


The rational was twofold:

  1. Since knowledge of polity is absolutely critical for personnel service PC(USA) entities, and the Book of Order undergoes revisions every two years, APA members should undergo training on a regular basis to ensure familiarity with the current version.
  2. This requirement mirrors those for other types of professional certification (i.e. for CPAs, financial managers, teachers, nurses, etc.) for which a minimum amount of continuing education is mandatory for certification maintenance.  This reinforces the certification's validity.

The requirement affects certifications only; it has no bearing on individual APA membership; however, as before, certifications are lost if membership lapses.  Also, Life Members are not affected, as their certifications are in perpetuity.

Accreditation and Standards Council Contacts

National Accreditation and Standards Chairperson

     Melissa Willis

     Presbytery of Florida

     PO Box 7

     Chipley, FL  32428

     850-535-2335


Atlantic Region (Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia)

     Kris Krawczyk

     New Castle Presbyterian Church

     25 E. 2nd Street

     New Castle, DE  19720

     302-328-3279


     Yzette Swavy-Lipton

     Presbytery of New York City

     475 Riverside Drive #1600

     New York, NY  10115

     212-870-2221


Heartland Region (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin)

     Trish Deppermann

     United Presbyterian Church

     2400 W. Northmoor Road

     Peoria, IL  61614

     309-693-2002


Pacific Region (Alaska, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington)

     Connie Poulton

     Spanish Springs Presbyterian Church

     4884 Sparks Blvd #102

     Sparks, NV  89436

     775-424-3622


Southeast Region (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Puerto Rico, Tennessee)

     Lisa Lovelady

     Synod of South Atlantic

     118 East Monroe Street

     Jacksonville, FL  32202

     904-356-6070


Southwest Region (Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Wyoming)

     Theresa Wright

     Presbytery of Tres Rios

     1201 W. Wall

     Midland, TX  79701

     432-682-5297