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Accreditation Improvement Program

The Accreditation Improvement Program (AIP) is a coordinated effort to improve the delivery of accreditation for engineering programs and of the Enrolment and Degrees Awarded Survey.

The education of world-class engineers requires a world-class accreditation system. To have that, you need systematic training for the people involved, strong lines of communication among stakeholders, a strategy for continual improvement, and a sound technical platform. Achieving these results will allow both institutions and accreditation visitors to put their focus where it should be: on maintaining reputable programs that meet the highest standards.

Accreditation is a demanding task for all involved. Higher education institutions (HEIs) having their programs accredited want information that’s transparent, readily available, and easy to find. Data they enter should be useable for either accreditation or the Enrolment and Degrees Awarded Survey as needed. Likewise, for accreditation visitors, Accreditation Board members, and Engineers Canada staff, accreditation should be a barrier-free process in terms of training and the technical platform. Accrediting a program will always take time, but the AIP will make changes that will increase the value of how that time is spent.

The four program elements

Improving the management of the existing accreditation system and the Enrolment and Degrees Awarded Survey requires us to move on four interrelated fronts:

  • Improving our stakeholder communication and consultation process will ensure that the accreditation system is transparent and open to the input of those to whom it matters most.
  • Developing a training program will improve consistency across accreditation visits by providing volunteers and educators the information they need in a timely and repeatable way.
  • Selecting and implementing an improved data management system will ensure that the technical side of accreditation optimizes everyone’s use of time throughout the accreditation cycle. The system will also reduce duplication between entries for accreditation reporting and the Enrolment and Degrees Awarded survey.
  • Introducing a process for continual improvement will ensure that the accreditation system stays responsive to the evolving needs of Canada’s engineering profession.

What we envision

The Accreditation Improvement Program is a multi-year undertaking that will roll out as programs come up for accreditation. We envision a system where programs seeking accreditation benefit from streamlined data entry. People will be able to reuse the information they enter for accreditation reporting and the Enrolment and Degrees Awarded Survey. They will be provided with straightforward training. There will be inclusive, transparent processes for communication and continual improvement. In this same system, accreditation visitors and Accreditation Board members are empowered to focus their efforts on providing meaningful, rigorous evaluation because they are equipped with a clear picture of how the accreditation process works and have reliable technical tools to support their work. Ultimately, we see a collaborative system that continually improves the rigour and reputation of Canadian engineering education programs and the engineering profession at large.

Program objectives

The Accreditation Improvement Program is intended to deliver:

  • Improved performance of the Accreditation Management Process.
  • Improved performance of the Enrolment and Degrees Awarded Survey Process.
  • Improved stakeholder consultation process associated with Accreditation Management and Enrolment and Degrees Awarded Survey.
  • Improved user experience(s) associated with accreditation management and the Enrolment and Degrees Awarded Survey. This includes both operationally and for those stakeholders directly involved in these processes.
  • Improved technical reliability of accreditation and the Enrolment and Degrees Awarded Survey.
  • Faster adoption by users when there are changes to the Accreditation Management and Enrolment and Degrees Awarded Survey Processes.
  • Sustainable methods to ensure operational continual improvement.

Latest AIP news

July 2019


In August, we will bid a fond farewell to Lynn Villeneuve, Accreditation Manager. After more than twenty years at Engineers Canada, Lynn has taken an exciting new position as Deputy Director, National Committee on Accreditation at the Federation of Law Societies of Canada. Lynn has done a tremendous amount to champion the AIP, and her openness to process improvements has been instrumental in the program’s success. Following Lynn’s departure, the program’s deployment will continue under the supervision of Stephanie Price, Executive Vice President, Regulatory Affairs.

July 2019


Individuals involved with accredited engineering education programs can anticipate an upcoming check-in survey on the current perception and progress of the Accreditation Improvement Program. This will be similar to the survey AIP stakeholders received in December 2018 and will provide us with an understanding of overall program effectiveness and user satisfaction.

July 2019


July marked the end of data collection, and respondents were given two weeks to review and refine their entries for the 2019 Enrolment and Degrees Awarded Survey. In the coming weeks, Engineers Canada will compile the results and begin work on the reports. Throughout the process, we responded to all inquiries. The majority of questions stemmed from survey content questions, and several suggestions have been moved into our continual improvement process. 

June 2019


Engineers Canada was proud to be a Partner Innovator Sponsor of this year’s Canadian Engineering Education Association Conference. Luigi Benedicenti, CEAB Chair delivered welcome remarks for the conference, emphasizing the role of accreditation in innovation.

June 2019

Continual Improvement

Before the end of 2019, the CEAB will be holding consultations on several key areas: engineering design, the role of the general visitor in accreditation visits, and criteria 3.4: Curriculum content and quality. During the summer, Engineers Canada will be reaching out to stakeholder groups to invite them to participate in these consultations. We will be sharing more information in the coming weeks. If you have questions, please contact us at

For more information

For more information contact Lynn Villeneuve, Manager, Accreditation at