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Institutional Accreditation is public certification that institutions meet defined standards of quality and responsibility.

Columbia College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, 10 Commercial Blvd., Suite 204, Novato, CA 94949, (415) 506-0234, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information about accreditation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions, can be found at:

Questions or comments can be sent to the CC Accreditation Liaison Officer, Dr. Leslie Buckalew at

A number of Columbia College programs have additional accreditation through industry or governmental groups. The webpages for Automotive Technology, Fire Academy, and Hospitality Management programs contain additional information.

  • Automotive Technology is accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) - 101 Blue Seal Drive, S.E. Suite 101 Leesburg, VA 20175, (703) 669-6650, The program at Columbia College is accredited through 02/2020.


  • Fire Academy is accredited by the Statewide Training and Education Advisory Committee and the California State Board of Fire Services through the Office of the State Fire Marshal - P.O. Box 944246, Sacramento, CA, 94244-2460, (916) 445-8200,  The program at Columbia College is accredited through 08/20/2018.


  • Hospitality is accredited by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission - 180 Center Place Way, St. Augustine, FL 32095, (904) 824-4468, The program at Columbia College is accredited through 6/30/17.