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Each school that offers AP courses needs to name an AP Course Audit administrator. This is usually the principal or principal’s designee.

This person is responsible for finalizing AP Course Audit forms, renewing authorizations annually, and checking the AP Course Ledger each academic year to make sure it accurately lists their school’s AP course offerings.

Why Go Through the AP Course Audit?

You have to get your school’s AP courses authorized by the AP Program in order to use “AP” in those course names. The only way to do that is through the AP Course Audit.

Once they’re authorized, your school’s courses will be included in the AP Course Ledger—the official list of all AP courses—so colleges and universities can check student transcripts.

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How to Begin

Your AP Course Audit tasks are done online. You’ll have to sign in to, or create, your AP Course Audit account and follow the steps below.

For a new AP course:

The AP Course Audit process is kicked off by the teacher of the planned course. See the steps a new AP teacher must take.

After the teacher submits the AP Course Audit form online, you’ll receive an email notifying you that the form is ready for you to approve. You’ll need to sign in to your AP Course Audit account to do this.

Within 60 days of materials submission, you’ll receive a notification letting you know whether the course has been authorized or needs revision. If the course is authorized, you should check the AP Course Ledger when it’s updated in November to make sure the course appears in your school lists. You’ll also have to renew the course every year. If the course is not authorized, it’s likely that the course syllabus does not show that the course fulfills all the curricular requirements. The teacher should revise the syllabus and resubmit it.

For an already authorized AP course:

After your school’s AP courses are authorized, you simply have to renew them every year. You can sign in to your AP Course Audit account beginning in August to do this for each course your school offers that school year.

If a teacher has made substantial changes to their AP course, they should submit a revised syllabus to AP Course Audit along with a new AP Course Audit form. You’ll have to review and approve the form just as you would for a new course.

Offering AP Courses Through Online or Distance Learning Providers

If your school’s students take AP courses through an online or distance learning course provider, such as a virtual school, those courses may only be listed as AP courses on students’ transcripts if those providers have qualified through the AP Course Audit to label their courses “AP.”

While it’s the responsibility of the online providers to submit materials to the AP Course Audit to be reviewed for authorization, it is your school’s responsibility to ensure that the AP courses listed on students’ transcripts, in course catalogs, and on the school’s website are authorized and annually renewed through the AP Course Audit process.

Choosing an Online or Distance Learning Provider

To add authorized online/distance learning AP courses, the AP Course Audit administrator should:

  1. Sign in to your AP Course Audit account.
  2. Navigate to the Add Online or Distance Learning Course page
  3. Select your school from the list of providers and the authorized courses your school offers.

These AP courses will then be included with your school’s other authorized courses in the AP course ledger. 

If your chosen online/distance learning AP course provider does not appear on this list, it could mean that the provider has not yet submitted its course materials, or that the materials are still under review. Contact your online or distance learning provider for more information. You can also encourage your provider to contact the AP Course Audit help line directly if it has not already done so by calling 877-APHELP-0 (274-3570).