Accreditation: Step-by-Step

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There are two distinct phases in the ABET accreditation process:

  • Assessment processes, which must be in place before a program’s formal submission of a Request for Evaluation (RFE).
  • The 18-month accreditation process itself,  which begins with a Request for Evaluation (RFE) submission.

    Note: Some programs must undergo a Readiness Review prior to submitting an RFE. 

Before the Accreditation Process: Assessment Planning

Before an institution submits a formal Request for Evaluation for a program, the program must have in place processes for internal assessment. These processes may take several years to develop. During this preparation phase, a program must:

  • Implement the assessment process for program educational objectives and student outcomes.
  • Demonstrate a continuous improvement loop.
  • Collect student work examples.
  • Review the most up-to-date Accreditation Criteria, Accreditation Policy and Procedure Manual, and Self-Study Questionnaire(s) which are updated every year.
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During the Accreditation Process

Programs that have met the eligibility requirements and completed their assessment planning may begin the accreditation process with the submission of a Request for Evaluation or a Readiness Review if required.

Read this explanation of the 18-month accreditation process.

After the Accreditation Process

ABET offers guidance on how to promote your program's accreditation, as well as information on appeals, the complaint process, and what kinds of program changes to report during the period of accreditation.

Read this explanation of post-accreditation procedures.


Please contact the Accreditation Department.

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