How do I get my University academic programme accredited?

We are licensed by the Engineering Council to accredit academic programmes from universities and colleges that drive young engineers toward professional registration as a Chartered or Incorporated Engineer.

We can award a maximum of five years’ Accreditation. To get started, you’ll need to tell us about the programmes you want to accredit.

We’ve split our submission process into two stages:

  • Initial submission
  • Main submission
If we have never visited your university or college before – or if your campus is outside of the UK – you’ll need to complete the two-stage submission process.

Otherwise, you’ll only need to complete the Main submission stage.

To get started, email or call +44 (0) 20 7304 6866.


Stage 1 - Initial Submission

You’ll to need to submit the Initial Assessment Form for either a UK or International visit to enable a visit to be considered.

You'll also need to send us the AHEP Output Standards Matrix.

Make sure you send your documents to as hardcopies of this form will not be accepted.

Stage 2 - Main Submission

After you’ve scheduled your visit, you'll need to send us six copies of:

  • FORM: OS – Main Submission Form
  • Output Standards Matrix
You can find these documents in the ‘guidance documents and application forms’ section below. These need to be sent to our head office in London at least 12 weeks ahead of your visit.


Your visit

Our Accreditation team will spend two days with you and your staff, assessing your programmes, facilities and laboratories and talking to your students.

Joint Accreditation visits

As a member of the Engineering Accreditation Board (EAB), we’re happy to arrange joint accreditation visits with other professional engineering institutions, e.g. IET, RAeS etc.

We don’t charge for visits – but some engineering bodies do, so check with them directly.

International Accreditation

We also accredit a number of degree programmes outside of the UK. For more details, download:

UCAS and EURACE opportunities
IMechE International criteria and process

Guidance documents and application forms


2 day University Accreditation Visit Fee     £1,500 plus VAT

The Institution is introducing a cost recovery fee for University Accreditation and Re-accreditation Visits from September 2018, in keeping with the wider PEI sector who mostly charge for visits.

The fee contributes towards administration and volunteer costs during the 2-day visit and will help us to continue to deliver a first-rate service for our University partners.

Need some advice?

To get started or ask a question, get in touch with our university support team.