Academic Accreditation

IET Accreditation is an internationally respected benchmark awarded to high quality programmes that provide an ideal preparation for aspiring professional engineers.

What is academic accreditation?

Accreditation is awarded to higher education programmes that meet the educational requirements of the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC) as outlined in the Accreditation of Higher Education Programmes now in its third edition (AHEP3). It centres on a review of a programme’s content and delivery and includes areas such as relevance, coherence, challenge, assessment, staffing, quality assurance and resources.  

Individuals with awards from accredited programmes will avoid some or all of the detailed assessment of the educational requirements necessary for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng) registration, making the registration process more straightforward.

Why choose the IET?

The IET is one of the world’s leading professional societies for the engineering and technology community and IET accreditation, licensed by the Engineering Council, covers a broad spectrum of engineering and technology subjects.  It is recognised around the world as an indicator of quality through the Washington and Sydney accords, governed by the International Engineering Alliance (IEA).  Departments with IET accredited programmes are eligible to apply for the EUR-ACE label, awarded by European Network for Accreditation of Engineering Education (ENAEE). 

ADAMS, the IET’s bespoke accreditation management software, allows you to make your submission online and leads you through the accreditation process. The IET provides extensive guidance, a dedicated team and the support of IET Accreditors throughout the accreditation process.

For more information please see our UK and International Academic accreditation brochures below.



The focus of IET accreditation is to ensure that the programme delivers all the AHEP learning outcomes. AHEP has been developed, and is regularly updated, by the Engineering Council on behalf of the engineering profession, including employers and engineering educators.  For more information on the accreditation process please refer to the process and criteria page.                       

List of IET accredited programmes

You can find out whether a programme is currently accredited by checking the following lists:

Excel spreadsheet logoCEng and IEng accredited programmes

You can also view the Engineering Council’s list of accredited programmes (ACAD) through the link at the top of the page.  Note that this database will list accredited programmes from all professional engineering institutions including the IET.