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CEAB consultation on Interpretive Statement on Licensure Expectations and Requirements now open

December 2020

The Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB) is inviting comments from accreditation stakeholders on the following proposed changes to the Interpretive Statement on Licensure (Appendix 3 CEAB Accreditation Criteria and Procedures):

Current wording (2019 Accreditation Criteria)

Proposed wording

8. In  order  to  ensure  that  engineering  science,  engineering design,  natural  science,  mathematics  and  complementary studies  curriculum  contents  are  readily  and  easily identifiable, each course in an engineering program should be  described  using  a  maximum  of  three  curriculum categories  (ES,  ED,  NS, Math,  CS)  with  no  single  category constituting less  than  8 AU’s  or  25%  of  the  total AU  for a particular course.

8. Engineering science, engineering design, natural science, mathematics, and complementary studies curriculum content should be readily and easily identifiable in each course where they appear.

9. It is up to the institution offering the program to justify the unique aspects of any course that deviates from clause 8.

9. For any course having one or more curriculum categories (ES, ED, NS, Math, CS) constituting less than 10% of the total AU count, the institution should ensure that sufficient course materials are available to support the AU distribution.

The proposed changes are in response to stakeholder feedback that the restrictions on AU distributions:

  • Do not support modern pedagogy in engineering programs which promotes integration of multiple concepts across learning activities throughout the curriculum, and
  • Are an impediment to curriculum reform and the continual improvement process.

The predicted impact of these changes is minimal and is expected to be of benefit to the stakeholders of the CEAB accreditation system. The proposed wording requires that curriculum content be readily and easily identifiable and that the institutions be prepared to make evidence available to visiting teams that supports the program’s reported AU distribution.

If you would like to participate, please visit for more information on this consultation. The deadline for input is January 29, 2021. For more information, contact Mya Warken at