Applying for accreditation

Advice and guidance on the accreditation process, how to apply and applicable fees.

Applying for accreditation

In the first instance, contact the accreditation team. An accreditation advisor will be pleased to outline the accreditation criteria, the application process and help to determine how best to proceed. An informal advisory session can also be arranged which will help to ensure that you understand the basic requirements and processes for gaining accreditation.

Organisations must provide evidence that the criteria are met, by responding to questions on the accreditation application form (see right). It is recommended that organisations send a draft of the application, along with any supporting evidence, to the IET for review.

Once the final application is complete, a visit by an accreditation panel will be arranged. The format of a visit is described in the accreditation visit agenda. The aim of the accreditation visit is to verify that the scheme is operating according to the information provided in the application. The findings and recommendations of the accreditation panel are discussed with the organisation on the day of the visit.

Accreditation is normally awarded for a period of three years subject to an agreed annual monitoring plan. This plan will normally entail the return of an annual self assessment report at the end of years one and two. The plan may also include the need to report on specific items, which will have been agreed with the accreditation panel.

We are able to arrange joint accreditation visits with other institutions. Please discuss this with an accreditation advisor.

Accreditation criteria and minimum requirements

The minimum infrastructure for an accredited professional development scheme is based on the following elements:

  • Scheme candidates – engineers actively working towards professional registration as CEng, IEng, EngTech or ICTTech and being supported by the scheme;
  • Professional development records – records must be kept by all scheme candidates, in either hard or soft copy, of their initial professional development and UK-SPEC competence achievement. The IET strongly recommends the use of Career Manager;
  • Scheme register – a register of all scheme candidates is to be maintained throughout the accreditation period. This information will be requested by the IET as part of an annual monitoring process;
  • Mentors – either a Chartered or Incorporated Engineer, or person who can regularly advise scheme candidates on the UK-SPEC requirements;
  • Scheme sponsor/owner – a person at senior management or director level who oversees the scheme to ensure it delivers its intended outcomes, both for the business and the IET;
  • Scheme administrator/coordinator – a person at operational level to ensure the consistency and integrity of the scheme on a day to day basis;
  • Scheme manual – describes the operational aspects and processes employed to develop scheme candidates to the point of professional registration.


The fees for accreditation including terms and conditions can be found in the fee schedule.

Contact the accreditation department

Tel: +44 (0) 1438 767 669
Email: employeraccreditation@theiet.org