Organizations interested in applying for AZA-accreditation or certification should start by reviewing and understanding the standards. If becoming AZA-accredited or certified is a priority and your organization is planning to submit an application within the next five years, the Pathway toward Membership program (PDF) might be an option to consider. Formerly known as AZA’s mentoring program, the new Pathway toward Membership is a service agreement between AZA and non-members to help them prepare for readiness to submit an application for Accreditation or Certification. Organizations interested in obtaining a peer consultant, also known as a Coach, assigned by AZA to help them work toward accreditation should contact AZA’s Membership Department. For questions specifically related to the accreditation process, contact AZA’s Accreditation Department.