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.

Executive Director Emily House
Tennessee Higher Education Commission
404 James Robertson Parkway, Suite 1900
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:

Practical Nursing


  • National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN)


  • Tennessee Board of Nursing – Approved

Machine Tool Technology


  • National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS)


  • NIMS certifications

Computer Information Technology


  • Council of Occupational Education


  • CompTIA A+
  • CompTIA Network+
  • CompTIA Security+
  • CompTIA Linux+
  • Microsoft – Windows 7, Configuring
  • Microsoft – Windows Server 2008, Active Directory, Configuring
  • Microsoft – Windows Server 2008, Network Infrastructure, Configuring
  • Microsoft – Windows Server 2008, Server Administrator
  • Microsoft - Certified Solutions Associate
  • Microsoft -Cloud Fundamentals
  • Microsoft - Security Fundamentals
  • Microsoft - Networking Fundamentals
  • Microsoft - Windows Server Administration Fundamentals
  • Microsoft - Windows Operating System Fundamentals
  • Microsoft - Installing and Configuring Windows 10
  • Microsoft - Configuring Windows Devices
  • Testout PC Pro
  • Testout Network Pro
  • Testout Security Pro
  • Testout Linux Pro
  • TestOut Server Pro 2016: Install and Storage Certification
  • TestOut Server Pro: Install and Configure Certification
  • TestOut Server Pro: Manage and Administer Certification

Automotive Technology


  • National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)


  • National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3) – Multimeter 525-596 certifications