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 and accreditation will be conducted under the fourth edition of the Accreditation of Higher Education Programmes (AHEP 4).

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:

  • Stage 1 - Initial submission
  • Stage 2 - Main submission

If we have never visited your university or college before you’ll need to complete the two-stage submission process.

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

Please note universities seeking re-accreditation can continue to be assessed against the previous edition, AHEP 3, until August 2024. It is important that universities indicate to the Institution early in the re-accreditation process under which standard accreditation is being sought.

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

Stage 1 - Initial submission

You’ll need to submit the AHEP 4 Initial Assessment Form for either a UK or International visit to enable a visit to be considered, along with the AHEP 4 Output Standards Matrix.

Make sure you send your documents to uniaccreditation@imeche.org as hardcopies of this form will not be accepted. The required documents can be found towards the bottom of this page.

Stage 2 - Main submission

Once an accreditation visit has been approved and you’ve scheduled your visit, you'll need to send us a copy of the Main Submission Form along with its accompanying documentation, including the Output Standard Matrix.

The required documents can be found towards the bottom of this page and the forms you complete will depend on whether you are seeking accreditation against AHEP 4 (new accreditation and re-accreditation) or AHEP 3 (re-accreditation only).

Once all the documentation is ready it will need uploading to a secure filesharing site and the accessible link will need to be sent to uniaccreditation@imeche.org.

Your visit

Please note that due to the ongoing pandemic, our accreditation visits are currently being conducted virtually.

For visits conducted within the UK, 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.

International accreditation

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

Location of study

Engineering Council guidance now requires universities to invite Professional Engineering Institutions (PEIs) to visit all campus locations involved in the delivery of accredited degrees or otherwise inform PEIs of campus locations where accreditation is not sought.

In light of this, the Institution has updated its process for reviewing academic qualifications for applicants who are applying for Institution membership and professional registration. We now require all universities that deliver accredited degrees to clearly indicate the location of study of each degree awarded on the degree transcript.

Applicants for Institution membership and professional registration must submit their degree transcript, along with an authenticated copy of their degree certificate when they apply for professional registration.

Find out more 

Guidance documents and application forms

Fees

Two-day university accreditation visit fee £3,000 plus VAT

The Institution charges a cost recovery fee for university accreditation and re-accreditation visits, in keeping with the wider PEI sector who mostly charge for visits.

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

Where accreditation is sought outside the UK the university seeking accreditation is required to cover all costs associated with the visit.

Need some advice?

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

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