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Imparting industry relevant knowledge, skills and behaviours to your students, apprentices or employees through high quality provision is crucial to ensuring your reputation and success. 

The Engineering Council works closely with universities, education providers, awarding organisations and employers to ensure that their degrees and programmes are recognised as meeting the standards of knowledge and/or competence and commitment set out by the profession. This ensures that those who study and train under recognised engineering programmes gain industry-relevant skills and knowledge.  

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Information for apprenticeship and programme providers ↓

Why is course recognition important?

Recognised programmes listed on the course search have been either accredited or approved by a professional engineering institution (PEIs) on the behalf of the Engineering Council. Recognition confirms that a programme:

What does recognition mean for my students/apprentices/employees?

Individuals choosing a degree or an apprenticeship that is recognised by the Engineering Council through the accreditation or approval process have the assurance of knowing that they are on a structured pathway leading to professional registration.

Recognised University Degrees

Recognised engineering degrees and HE programmes offer students, their parents and advisors, and employers an important mark of assurance that the programme meets the Engineering Council’s high standards set out in  the Accreditation of Higher Education Programmes (AHEP) handbook.

Engineering employers and academics are involved in setting the standards, reviewing degrees and deciding whether to award accredited degree status. Therefore, 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 to support their application for eventual professional registration. Once graduates have gained the relevant work experience, the process of seeking professional registration.

Resources available to support degree providers include:

How to get your degree programme accredited:

If you are new to accreditation please contact either the Engineering Accreditation Board (EAB) Secretariat or a PEIs relevant to your subject for advice before completing any submission documentation.

Recognised apprenticeship, qualification and programme providers

The Engineering Council licenses PEIs to approve or accredit programmes, including qualifications and apprenticeships, that meet the required standards. This is done through an independent peer review process which can lead to these non-degree qualifications and apprenticeships being recognised by the Engineering Council. The Approval and Accreditation of Qualifications and Apprenticeships (AAQA) standard underpins how programmes delivered in any country can become recognised by the Engineering Council through approval or accreditation.

Which programmes and qualifications are eligible for approval?

Qualifications or apprenticeships may focus on education (i.e. the underpinning knowledge and understanding) or the development of competence to meet the requirements for professional registration as EngTech, ICTTech or IEng, or on both education and competence. 

The level of output required for approval
To be approved, a technician related qualification or apprenticeship must meet or exceed one or more of the following:

For IEng, to meet the requirements in full, the level of underpinning knowledge and understanding is higher (level 6 RQF or level 9 in Scotland).

Resources available to apprenticeships and vocational qualifications providers include:

How to get your qualification approved or accredited

Qualifications and apprenticeships can become recognised through the approval and accreditation process carried out by PEIs on behalf of the Engineering Council. This process focuses on outcomes rather than inputs and learning outcomes are set out in the AAQA. Focusing on outcomes means that a range of diverse and innovative provision can be approved, whilst still meeting the requirements for knowledge, understanding and skills that tomorrow’s engineers and technicians will need.

The approval or accreditation process looks at the overall design, coverage and assessment strategy and seeks evidence that satisfactory quality assurance arrangements are in place. This is central to ensuring that qualifications and apprenticeships meet the needs of individuals, their employers and society.

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