Preparing for our 2020 visit

Our next accreditation visit is tentatively scheduled for October 2020. To prepare, data must be collected for every core and elective course in the engineering undergraduate program during the snapshot year (2019-2020).

We'll provide regular updates to university stakeholders. These are the key dates in the coming year: 

September 2019-December 2019: Program Accreditation Leads will draft questionnaires, exhibits, and appendices. Faculty across campus who teach core and elective courses in the first term must submit documentation through the Course Material Box Submission Site. 

January 2020-May 2020: Associate Dean Academic confirms the visiting team and develops the visit schedule. Program Accreditation Leads update questionnaires, exhibits, and appendices before submitting them to the Department Heads for review. Faculty across campus who teach core and elective courses in the second term must submit documentation through the Course Material Box Submission Site. 

June 2020-July 2020: Dean and Associate Dean(s) review and finalize questionnaires, exhibits, and appendices. The Course Material Box site is locked. All documentation is submitted to the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board by June 30, 2020.

August 2020-October 2020: Associate Dean Academic finalizes all event logistics. Program visitors are confirmed and schedules finalized. The visit is scheduled to occur in October 2020.

About accreditation

Engineering programs are reviewed by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB), a standing committee of Engineers Canada

Engineering schools must follow the CEAB's criteria and procedures and undergo periodic reviews and site visits, which occur every six years. Our programs have been accredited since 1965.

Benefits of accreditation

Program quality: Accreditation ensures that all programs are meeting the same high standards.

Continuous improvement: Regular accreditation fosters continual improvement of engineering education. 

Licensure: Students who receive a degree from an accredited engineering program meet the academic requirements needed to become licensed with Canada's engineering requlators.

Interprovincial and international mobility: Degrees from accredited programs are accepted by engineering regulators nationwide and are recognized by international partners (signatory countries to the Washington Accord).

How schools maintain accreditation

Maintaining accreditation status requires ongoing monitoring and compliance with the CEAB Criteria and Procedures. These are the main components. 

Graduate Attributes: Institutions must demonstrate that their graduates have the following 12 attributes.
  • Knowledge base for engineering
  • Problem analysis
  • Investigation
  • Design
  • Use of engineering tools
  • Individual and teamwork
  • Communication skills
  • Professionalism
  • Impact of engineering on society and the environment
  • Ethics and equity
  • Economics and project management

Students: Accredited programs must have functional policies and procedures that deal with quality, admission, counselling, promotion and graduation of students. 

Curriculum content and quality: The curriculum content and quality criteria are designed to assure a foundation in mathematics and natural sciences, a broad preparation in engineering sciences and engineering design, and an exposure to non-technical subjects that supplement the technical aspects of the curriculum. 

Program environment: The accreditation board considers the overall environment in which an engineering program is delivered, including the quality of the educational experience. 

Continual Improvement: Engineering programs are expected to continually improve. This is demonstrated by developing and implementing an improvement process, stakeholder engagement strategy, and addressing improvement items.

Accreditation resources