Bellingham Technical College (BTC) is a Member institution with the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). BTC's accreditation status is Accreditation Reaffirmed. The NWCCU's most recent action related to BTC's accreditation status was to reaffirm accreditation in January 2015. NWCCU is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Accreditation by NWCCU indicates that BTC meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality evaluated through a peer review process. An accredited college or university is one that 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.

Accreditation by NWCCU applies to the institution as a whole. It provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates.

Student complaints and inquiries regarding BTC’s accredited status should be directed to BTC’s administrative staff or by contacting:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
8060 165th Avenue NE, Ste. 100

Public invited to comment on Bellingham Technical College’s qualifications for accreditation  

Bellingham Technical College (BTC) will host an evaluation team from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) April 27-29, 2022 as part of its Year Seven Evaluation of Institutional Effectiveness process. Accreditation by NWCCU represents the Commission’s judgment that an institution is satisfactorily achieving its mission and educational purpose and that it meets or exceeds the Commission’s standards of quality and effectiveness. BTC is currently accredited by NWCCU, with this status most recently reaffirmed in 2015.  

BTC and NWCCU invite public comment concerning the College’s qualifications for accreditation. All comments must be submitted in writing, signed by the author(s), and received by March 25, 2022. Comments should be sent directly to: 

Attn: Third Party Comment 
8060 165th Ave NE, Ste. 200 
Redmond, WA 98052 

Visit the NWCCU website ( to learn more about the Commission's policy on public notification and third-party comments.

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