Accreditation of courses
Accreditation is the process of reviewing an engineering degree programme to judge whether or not it meets the defined standards set by the Engineering Council.
Accredited engineering degrees offer students, their parents and advisors, and employers, a mark of assurance that the degree programme meets the standards defined and set by the engineering profession.
Engineering employers as well as academics are involved in the setting of standards, in reviewing degrees and in the decision-making process about whether to confer accredited degree status. In this way, employers have a strong voice in deciding that an accredited degree programme provides a student with some or all of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills that will set them in good stead for eventual professional registration.
Those programmes that do are awarded accredited status and are listed on the Engineering Council's accredited courses database. Other non-degree programmes may be approved.
Approval of qualifications and programmes
Some qualifications and programmes are 'approved' by professional engineering institutions rather than accredited. These are primarily vocational qualifications, for instance NVQs, or programmes such as Advanced Apprenticeships, that are approved for the purposes of EngTech, ICTTech or IEng registration.
The approval process looks at the overall design, coverage and assessment strategy and seeks evidence that satisfactory quality assurance arrangements are in place.
Approval status is not applied to degree programmes.
Qualifications and programmes are approved for up to five years.