All online or distance learning providers that wish to label their courses “AP,” and appear as authorized AP course providers, must participate in the AP Course Audit.
Getting authorization will help these organizations promote greater awareness of their AP courses and continue to provide their important service to students and schools.
Online/Distance Learning Course Inclusion in the AP Course Ledger
The AP Course Ledger serves as an official record of accredited institutions authorized to use the AP designation on secondary school transcripts. For non-accredited organizations, eligible AP courses selected by a brick-and-mortar school or a homeschool provider from their AP Course Audit account will be listed in the AP Course Ledger along with the organization’s name.
Use of College Board Trademarks
When referring to or using College Board trademarks, including the AP descriptor, in print or electronic material, all third parties must comply with the Guidelines for Using College Board Trademarks.
Maintaining Course Authorization
For non-accredited organizations, courses not selected by a brick-and-mortar school or a homeschool provider every year will be turned off after January 31. You should work proactively with schools that offer your course to ensure they add it and your organization to their official record of AP course offerings.
Virtual School Partnerships and Content Providers
College Board is aware of some virtual schools that license their AP content from other virtual schools. In this situation, the licensee can choose whether or not to participate in the AP Course Audit. Your decision should depend on whether or not you wish your virtual school’s name to appear in the list of authorized course providers. Keep in mind that brick-and-mortar schools that wish to associate your courses with their school’s profile will be looking for your name in the list of authorized providers, and not, perhaps, the name of the virtual school from which you license content.
Online content providers, such as makers of virtual labs or curricular packages, cannot participate in the AP Course Audit. Such lab or curricular materials may subsequently be reviewed as part of an online or distance learning provider’s course, but stand-alone materials cannot be submitted to be evaluated as independent products. The AP Course Audit process is designed to review AP courses in their entirety, so only schools (whether brick-and-mortar or virtual) can submit course syllabi for review.