LWTech is an accredited Washington State college

Lake Washington Institute of Technology is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality evaluated through a peer review process. An accredited college or university is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.

Accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution.

Inquiries regarding an institution's accredited status by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution. Individuals may also contact:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

8060 165th Avenue N.E., Suite 100

Redmond, WA 98052 (425) 558-4224

Year One and Year Reports and the Mid-Cycle Report

In 2012, LWTech began the new seven year accreditation cycle. Years One and Three Reports and the Mid-Cycle Report were submitted and an evaluation visit was conducted October 13-14, 2014. All final documents can be found below:

Year One Report (September 11, 2012)

Year One Appendix (September 11, 2012)

Year Three Report (September 4, 2014)

Year Three Appendix (September 4, 2014)

Mid-Cycle Report (September 4, 2014)

Mid-Cycle Appendix (September 4, 2014)

Fall 2011 Comprehensive Evaluation

In 2010, the College began a comprehensive self-evaluation and was visited by an evaluation team in October, 2011. The self-evaluation report and the results of this evaluation are available below; ultimately the college's accreditation was reaffirmed at the associate degree level and affirmed at the baccalaureate level:

LWTech Self Evaluation FINAL (September 1, 2011)

LWTech Self Evaluation Appendices FINAL (September 1, 2011)

NWCCU Letter of Accreditation (February 3, 2012)

Comprehensive Peer Evaulation Conclusions and Findings (Recommendations October, 2011)

Fall 2009 Comprehensive Evaluation

LWTech's accreditation was reaffirmed at the associate degree level by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities following an evaluation in October, 2009. The following documents provide further information on this evaluation and its results:

Focused Interim Report (September 16, 2009)

Focused Interim Evaluation (October 7-8, 2009)

Reaffirmation of Accreditation, Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities letter to LWTC (February 12, 2010)

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Specialized Accreditation/Certification

Several of LWTech's technical programs enjoy accreditation or certification status by state or national organizations:


National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation

Dental Assistant & Dental Hygiene

Commission on Dental Accreditation

Certified Nursing Assistant

Washington State Department of Social and Human Services/Washington State Department of Health

Culinary Arts

American Culinary Federation

Engineering Graphics

American Design Drafting Association

Funeral Service Education

American Board of Funeral Service Education

Massage Practitioner

Washington State Department of Health, Board of Massage

Medical Assisting

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs

Motorcycle, Marine, and Power Equipment

Equipment and Engine Training Council Certification


Candidate for accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)

Physical Therapist Assistant

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education

Registered Nursing

Washington State Department of Health

Specialty accreditation/certification indicates that these programs meet industry standards for preparing our students to be job ready.