Become an Accreditor


Contribute to the development of tomorrow’s engineers by helping to maintain and improve the quality of Higher Education Engineering provision in both the UK and internationally, and ultimately helping support graduate employability.

You will also be able to influence the development of Academic Accreditation and gain a deep insight into the accreditation process.  For the academic, this will help you to prepare for your own Department’s accreditation visit and for the industrialist, influence how Higher Education Engineering provision can help meet the needs of industry. It is also an excellent opportunity to network with your peers from both the academic and industrial worlds. 



For Academics:

Academic Accreditors are expected to have experience in one or more of the following:

  • External examining.
  • Course leader / programme director position or with a leading role in course management or design.
  • Members of institutional validation and/or review committee.
  • Quality assurance agency auditing.

In addition, they will normally be registrants with appropriate knowledge and experience.

For Industrialists:

Industrialists don’t need to meet the above criteria, though they must have knowledge and experience of the Higher Education sector.

Full details of the criteria and the terms and conditions of becoming an Academic Accreditor are available to download below:

Recruitment process

There is a 4 stage recruitment process.

Stage 1 – Application.

Applications are reviewed annually in June by our Academic Accreditation Committee (AAC).

Stage 2 – Training.

Successful candidates will be required to attend a training session in London in September.

Stage 3 – Probationary Period.

To consolidate the learnings from the training session, the candidate will be required to attend two accreditation visits, normally within one academic year, as a ‘trainee accreditor’.  The candidate will be asked to be as involved in the process as much as possible.

Stage 4 – Vindication and Acceptance.

After each visit, feedback forms are completed by the panel members and IET staff member, which will be formally used to decide whether you are accepted onto the team.


Volunteers can apply by completing the application form below.  Some Accreditors are nominated by existing Accreditors or members of the AAC. All applicants are required to follow each of the above of the above-mentioned stages of the recruitment process.

How to apply

Interested? Please read the terms and conditions before considering to apply to become an academic accreditor.  In order to apply you will need to send your completed application form (available to download below) for the attention of Sarah Stokes at: Email: accreditation@theiet.org   Please note that CVs will not be accepted.