Yes, you may break the self-study appendices into multiple bound documents, as long as you have the different bound documents bound, tabbed and paginated according to the instructions. You may also, and it is recommended, copy your appendices double-sided to reduce the amount of paper; however, you still must follow the directions by having the Appendices tabbed according to the Table of Contents provided, and the entire document must still be paginated. Please note: The first online self studies will be the July 1, 2014 submissions.
The narrative should be paginated with page numbers that are consecutive (i.e. 1-50). The Appendices may be paginated by section and consecutively (i.e. A1-A50, B1-B12), or as one document and consecutively (i.e. 1-250). You must paginate each page regardless if the documents have page numbers from the printed source from which they were taken (i.e. catalog, handbook). Page numbers may be done by hand, as long as they all appear legibly when reproduced. Please note: The first online self studies will be the July 1, 2014 submissions.
The CAATE does have a 50 page maximum length on rejoinders and progress reports; however, the program must respond as directed in the report which may exceed the 50 page limit. The CAATE requests that documentation be presented only once within the document, and then be referenced, if necessary, to respond to another Standard, later in the document. While conciseness and brevity are the goals, the CAATE does understand the need, on some occasions, to exceed the page limit.
Any spiral type binding is appropriate, as long as the document may be able to be laid open on a table like a book. 3-ring binders are not acceptable for any document (self-study, rejoinder, progress report, or audit). Please note: The first online self studies will be the July 1, 2014 submissions.
Avery and other manufacturers make numerical, alphabetical, or blank types of tabbing that are acceptable. Tabs with paper/cardboard inserts are not preferred as the inserts fall out during shipping. Pieces of paper are not considered “tabs”, because they do not extend beyond the edge of the document; tabs must extend beyond the edge of the document to be considered acceptable.