The process for academic accreditation

The following explains the process and criteria involved in academic accreditation.


The aim of the academic accreditation process is to work in partnership with the Department seeking accreditation. The two main elements in the accreditation of higher education programmes are:

  1. a documentary submission through ADAMS, our online accreditation system.
  2. a visit to the Department to explore the documentary evidence, meet with staff and students and view the facilities. 

For Departments that are new to accreditation, or whose accreditation has lapsed, initial reviews and advisory visits are provided to assess the suitability of a programme for accreditation and to help prepare for an accreditation visit. 

The IET has joint visit protocols with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and The Chartered Institute for IT (BCS) and is a member of the Engineering Accreditation Board (EAB) who facilitates joint visits, where more than two professional bodies are involved. Visits may also be conducted alongside Internal Periodic Reviews.

If you would like more detail on a particular process the following documents contain a summary of the process and flow chart of the steps involved:

PDF Advisory Visit (167 k)

How to apply

If you have not been accredited by the IET before or there has been a significant lapse in accreditation you will need to contact the academic accreditation team in the first instance. 

If you would like to apply for re-accreditation you can do so through ADAMS.

What does the visit involve?

A panel of trained and expert Accreditors representing both industry and academia and a member of IET staff form the panel. Accreditors will explore (but are not limited to) the following topics:

  • Learning outcomes, as stipulated in AHEP.
  • Aims and objectives.
  • Assessment regulations and progression conditions.
  • The structure of the programme, content and industrial input.
  • Projects and coursework.
  • Staffing.
  • Resources and facilities.
  • Quality Assurance procedures.
  • External examiner reports.

The panel makes recommendations to the Academic Accreditation Committee (AAC) which is responsible for all accreditation decisions.  Accreditation can be granted for up to five years and is awarded by year of student intake. Records of accredited programmes will then be updated or added to the IET and Engineering Council accredited programme databases.

Composition of the Academic Accreditation Committee

Mr Alan Adams Academic
Professor Erik Dagless Academic
Professor Tom Cross Academic
Professor Bill Drury Industrialist
Professor John Davies Academic
Professor Andy Downton Academic
Professor Chris Guy Academic
Dr Misha Filip Academic
Professor Akram Hammoudeh Academic
Professor Denis Marchant Academic
Mr Grant Maxwell Deputy Chairman
Dr Dik Morling Academic
Dr Michael Purshouse Industrialist
Professor Jan Sykulski Academic
Dr Sean Wellington Chairman
Dr Steve Wright Academic
Mr David Young Industrialist
Professor Mark Zwolinski Academic







Programmes that can be accredited by the IET

Types of programmes that may be accredited include Bachelors, Integrated Masters (MEng), MSc, EngD and Foundation Degrees. These are awarded different types of accreditation based on their level of fulfilment of the educational requirements for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and Chartered Engineer (CEng) registration. 

Please note that the IET no longer accredits HNC or HND programmes.

Accreditation service fee

Each department or school in the UK offering IET accredited programmes is required to pay a £780 (inc. VAT) fee annually.  Please see the Frequently Asked Question below for more information.

There is a different arrangement for departments outside of the UK.