Become a surveyor

Surveyors are the cornerstone of the peer-review survey process. Being a part-time CARF surveyor is rewarding both professionally and personally, and has benefits for you, your organization, and the field at large.

Benefits for you

Professional growth
and development of
leadership skills

Influence industry
and improve service

Annual continuing
education conference
to learn about hot topics
and fields trends

Access to educational webinars, standards manuals, publications, and other tools and resources

Opportunity to contribute
to CARF standards development

Connection to
international peer
groups and
professional networks

Benefits for your organization

  • Access to emerging best practices and insights from industry thought leaders
  • In-house CARF expert to champion your organization’s pursuit of excellence

Benefits for the field

  • Peer review based on field-responsive standards that ensure quality services
  • The exchange of ideas and practices
“My experience as a surveyor has been a significant part of my development as a leader and professional in the field of disability services

In the 30 years that I have been surveying, I have seen countless service best practices and excellent programs that have helped me envision quality improvement changes within my own organization.”

Lynn Noren, President/CEO
Rise Incorporated, Spring Lake Park, Minnesota
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Surveyor qualifications

Eligibility requirements:

  • Currently work for a CARF-accredited organization or be otherwise engaged directly with the CARF standards and/or CARF’s continuous quality improvement model
  • Have at least four years of current field or industry experience in one or more areas that CARF accredits
  • Not be employed by or perform any services for a competing accrediting body
  • Be available to conduct at least three surveys per calendar year (January 1–December 31)
  • Be available to travel to survey locations

Minimum qualifications:

  • Have sufficient knowledge of and experience with CARF standards and survey process
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work well as a team member
  • Have effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Have good time-management and organizational skills
  • Have experience using internet-enabled devices, including navigating electronic documents and participating in electronic communication; e.g., Microsoft Office

Why become a surveyor?

Hear from current and former surveyors about what motivates them.


Taking time away from your primary employment to participate in the surveyor selection process (including the surveyor training and assessment program), conduct surveys, and complete continuing education activities requires a commitment from both you and your organization. Prior to completing an application to become a surveyor, we recommend that you discuss your intentions with your supervisor. Download the Become a Surveyor brochure to guide the discussion.

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Get started today

Additional information is available on our Career Portal.

CARF has a robust surveyor selection process. Selecting the right individual to represent the CARF seal of accreditation or certification takes time. We strive to keep you updated throughout the entire process. EOE/Disability/Veteran. Questions? Email

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