About the TCAT //

Governance and Accreditation

The Tennessee Board of Regents

The Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology are governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) system. The TBR is the largest higher education system in Tennessee, governing 40 post-secondary educational institutions. The TBR system is comprised of thirteen community colleges and twenty-seven technology colleges.

Chancellor Flora Tydings
Tennessee Board of Regents
1 Bridgestone Park, Third Floor
Nashville, TN 37214

The activities of the Tennessee Board of Regents System are coordinated with the Tennessee Higher Education System in an effort to achieve unity in the programs of higher education in Tennessee.

Robert Smith
Interim Executive Director
9th Floor, 312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue
Nashville, TN 37243

Advisory Committees

Advisory committees provide information and recommendations to assist administrative and instructional staff members in the effective operation of the college; assessing the needs of the students and local industry; and keeping abreast of the latest equipment, methods, and technologies.

The ultimate goal of advisory committees is to make valuable recommendations for the development of new programs and to remain current in already established programs. 

College Accreditation

Tennessee College of Applied Technology is accredited by Commission of the Council on Occupational Education (COE).

Council on Occupational Education
7840 Roswell Road, Building 300, Suite 325
Atlanta, GA
770-396-3898 (Local)
800-917-2081 (Toll-Free)

The COE, originally founded in 1971 as a regional accrediting agency of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, is the successor to the Commission on Occupational Education Institutions (COEI). In 1995, the Council became a national accrediting agency. In 2006, the Council celebrated its 35th year of assuring quality and integrity in career and technical education. The Council's accreditation process is conducted on behalf of more than 181,000 students across the nation who pursue careers in a variety of technical fields.

Program Accreditations and Certifications

Some TCAT programs are accredited by external organizations. In addition, students in certain programs may be required or have the opportunity to sit for certified examinations to demonstrate expertise. The following is a list of accreditations and certifications by program:

Computer Aided Design Technology


  • SOLIDWORKS Accredited Educational Provider
  • American Design Drafting Association


  • Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate-Academic
  • Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional
  • U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration Certification (OSHA)
  • Auto desk Certified User (AutoCAD, Revit)
  • American Design Drafter Association (ADDA) Certified Drafter
  • NOCTI Job Ready Skills Assessment CAD
  • WIN Work Ready

Welding Technology


  • AWS - American Welding Society


  • WIN Work Ready

Machine Tool Technology


  • National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS)


  • NIMS Machining Level I Skills Standard CNC Milling: Operator
  • NIMS CNC Milling: Programming Setup & Operations
  • NIMS CNC Turning: Operator
  • NIMS CNC Turning: Programming Setup & Operations
  • NIMS Drill Press Skills I
  • NIMS Grinding Skills I
  • NIMS Job Planning, Benchwork & Layout
  • NIMS Manual Milling Skills I
  • NIMS Measurement, Materials & Safety
  • NIMS Turning Operations: Turning Between Centers
  • NIMS Turning Operations: Turning Chucking Skills
  • WIN Work Ready

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning/Refrigeration


  • Energy Service Company (ESCO) Center of Excellence


  • Air-conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA)
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA)
  • WIN Work Ready

Automotive Technology


  • National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)


  • Auto Maintenance and Light Repair Certification Test (G1) (ASE)
  • WIN Work Ready