Pine Technical & Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been since 1994. The Higher Learning Commission is one of six regional accrediting agencies in the United States to provide institutional accreditation. Institutional accreditation evaluates an entire institution and accredits it as a whole. Other agencies provide accreditation for specific programs. Accreditation is voluntary. The Commission accredits approximately 1,100 institutions of higher education in a nineteen-state region. The Commission is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. To retain accreditation, PTCC must, on an ongoing basis, meet the General Institutional Requirements and demonstrate it satisfies five criteria for accreditation. The General Institutional Requirements cover 24 specific points in seven areas: Mission, Authorization, Governance, Faculty, Educational Program, Finances, and Public Information.