April 24, 2015


Are you an aspiring audio engineer, graphic designer, photographer, or filmmaker looking for the perfect school to hone your skills? At F.I.R.S.T. Institute, we take pride in our commitment to excellence, evident through our licensing and accreditation. Today, we’ll delve into the importance of accreditation and what it means for you as a prospective student.


What is Accreditation? 

Accreditation is a voluntary process of self-regulation and peer review that has been adopted by the educational community. Institutions of higher education, like F.I.R.S.T. Institute, have voluntarily entered into their respective regional associations in order to evaluate each other in accordance with their respective goals.


Is F.I.R.S.T. Institute Accredited?

F.I.R.S.T. Institute is a licensed and accredited digital media school that offers students a career-focused education taught by industry professionals. We have undergone rigorous evaluations to ensure we meet the highest standards of education and professionalism. Let’s break down our accreditation to give you a clear understanding of what it entails:


  1. Licensed by the CIE: F.I.R.S.T. Institute is licensed by the Commission for Independent Education (CIE). This license is a testament to our commitment to offering quality education and services to our students. 


  1. Accredited by ACCET: Our accreditation by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training (ACCET) is a prestigious recognition of our dedication to excellence in education. ACCET is a national accrediting agency that evaluates educational institutions based on their performance and adherence to established standards.


  1. Title IV Program: F.I.R.S.T. Institute is also a participant in the Title IV program, which grants us the ability to receive federal funds. As a student, this means you can apply for financial aid through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), making your education more accessible.


  1. VA Approved Institution: As an accredited institution, we are proud to work with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. This opens doors for veterans seeking to pursue a career in the digital media industry to use military benefits for our on-campus programs.


Is Accreditation Important? 

Accreditation is a crucial qualification for an educational institution. Prospective students should consider a school’s accreditation before enrolling in any program. For F.I.R.S.T. Institute, accreditation is not just a badge of honor but a promise to deliver our students the best possible educational opportunities.

Opting for an accredited institution such as F.I.R.S.T. guarantees that your education aligns with nationally endorsed professional standards. This assurance carries significant weight when presenting your qualifications to prospective employers, as your education holds recognized value.


Can Accreditation Affect Employment?

As a student, you should pay special attention to whether or not a school you’re considering is accredited, how it is accredited, and by which agency. This information is important not only because it ensures that you will be receiving a quality education, but also because your future employers will want to know if your education is backed by accreditation for the school you attended.

Without proper accreditation, employers may doubt the quality and professionalism associated with your education. Attending an accredited institution like F.I.R.S.T. Institute can enhance your employability and increase your chances of landing your dream job in the competitive digital media industry.


Experience F.I.R.S.T. Institute for Yourself

Our licensing and accreditation are a testament to our dedication to providing the best learning experience for our students. We continuously strive for improvement and excellence in our programs. If you have any questions or concerns about our credentials, don’t hesitate to contact us.

At F.I.R.S.T. Institute, located in Orlando, FL, we welcome you to explore our campus, meet our passionate staff, and get a firsthand look at the cutting-edge facilities we offer. We encourage you to schedule a campus or virtual tour and discover how F.I.R.S.T. Institute can unlock your potential in the audio, film, photography, and web & graphic design industries. Let us be a part of your journey to success.