Stratford Career Institute doesn't hold any regional or national accreditation recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. As of 2015, the correspondence school is not accredited by the Better Business Bureau (BBB), which has record of 58 complaints filed against the company in the previous three-year period.
The Stratford Career Institute is a member of the U.S. Distance Learning Association, the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education, and the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE).
However, courses taken at Stratford aren't cumulative toward a college degree; the programs are only useful to individuals seeking to learn or improve skills needed for employment in a chosen field. Distance learning courses are offered in a number of specializations across the fields of business or computer technology, counseling and education, creative careers, and legal, medical and vocational trades.
According to the Mission Statement of the StratfordCareer Institute, the privately owned organization's goal is to accommodate furtherance in education or interests by offering guided, independent programs that are flexible, convenient and affordable without the constraints of classroom attendance.
The school was formed to meet the needs of busy adults across the United States and Canada through at-home, career-training programs. The corporate headquarters is based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, while U.S. operations are handled out of Saint Albans, Vermont. More than 1 million students have enrolled since the establishment of the Stratford Career Institute in 1991.