34 CFR § 602.12 - Accrediting experience.
(a) An agency seeking initial recognition must demonstrate that it has -
(i) To one or more institutions if it is requesting recognition as an institutional accrediting agency and to one or more programs if it is requesting recognition as a programmatic accrediting agency;
(iii) In the geographic area for which it seeks recognition; and
(b) A recognized agency seeking an expansion of its scope of recognition must demonstrate that it has granted accreditation or preaccreditation covering the range of the specific degrees, certificates, institutions, and programs for which it seeks the expansion of scope.