Accreditation is the process of reviewing an engineering degree programme to judge whether or not it meets the defined standards set by the Engineering Council. A degree may be accredited by one or more of the engineering institutions licensed to do so, particularly where it spans several engineering disciplines.
Accredited engineering degrees offer students, their parents and advisors, and employers an important mark of assurance that the programme meets the high standards set by the engineering profession. The value of degree accreditation is explained here.
Engineering employers and academics are involved in setting the standards, reviewing degrees and deciding whether to award accredited degree status. Therefore, employers have a strong voice in deciding that an accredited degree programme provides a student with some or all of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills to support their application for eventual professional registration.
Accreditation is not a barrier to innovation in delivery. Degrees can be accredited for full time, part time or distance learning delivery, with or without elements of work based learning, which may or may not take the form of sandwich placements. The Welding Institute is licensed by the Engineering Council to accredit academic programmes at Bachelors or Masters Level from universities and colleges for meeting the academic requirements for Professional Registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng) or Incorporated Engineer (IEng). We can award a maximum of five years’ accreditation, but this will be dependant on the programme content and vary from course to course.