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Accreditation policy and guidance

An overview of the IET academic accreditation Policy and Guidance.


The ADAMS user guide will step you through each stage of the system from login to requesting a service to submitting data for an accreditation visit or review. It describes what you need to do at a functional level.

WORD ADAMS user guide (4678 k)

The ADAMS submission guidance provides an overview of the submission requirements for an IET accreditation visit and draws together guidance for Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) on how to complete an accreditation submission. Contained within this document is a table that outlines the input required at each level of the submission.

Policy and Guidance

The below documentation will be affective from the 2015/16 academic year.

Engineering Council

Accreditation of Higher Education Programmes (AHEP) third edition was published by the Engineering Council, our licensing body, on 20 May 2014. All programmes must be compliant with AHEP third edition by September 2016. Please note that all programmes that are assessed by the IET for accreditation from September 2015 will be against AHEP third edition.

The IET have produced new guidance on meeting AHEP learning outcomes which is in line with AHEP third edition.

The learning outcomes mapping section of our ADAMS system will switch over to AHEP third edition in June 2015. Any data that has previously been entered against AHEP second edition (expressed as UK-SPEC within the system) will automatically be mapped against AHEP third edition and so no data will be lost, but departments may need to review comments so ensure that they are in line with the revisions in AHEP 3 and fill in any gaps.

The guidance below shows a mapping between AHEP 2 and AHEP 3 to aid the transition process.


The new IET academic accreditation information pack brings together all of the key guidance and regulations governing IET academic accreditation into one document. It will be in affect from the 2015/16 academic year and be subject to annual review.

This document also articulates “accreditation requirements” which are expectations for an accredited degree programme and “guidance” which are considered good practice.

Training for HEIs

There are two training events per year that HEIs are able to attend. You will be sent an invitation automatically if you are booked to have a visit in the following academic year, though please contact us if this is not the case.

The usual format of the day is to run through the process, policies and guidelines for IET accreditation in the morning with a chance to discuss any potential issues you may have. The afternoon session is HEI led and is dedicated to the use of ADAMS.

You can download the presentation from the last training event below if you wish to know more detail. Note that the content is subject to change year on year.