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Improving our existing training program will contribute to consistency across accreditation visits by giving volunteers and educators the information and resources they need in a timely and repeatable way. Visiting team members and higher education institutions will benefit from:

  • A more predictable, consistent experience for volunteers and HEIs
  • Comprehensive training for those involved in accreditation and the Enrolment and Degrees Awarded Survey
  • Improved visit tools (e.g. procedures, forms, checklists)

This work will also establish measures for training effectiveness and evaluation of team members’ performance, which will allow us to continually monitor and improve the program’s effectiveness.

News on the training program

October 2018

Over the summer, Accreditation Improvement Program staff revised the template that visiting team chairs used to conduct accreditation preparation and visits. The revised presentation has now been rolled for the 2018/2019 visit season, and initial feedback from users is positive. In general, visiting teams report they are now able to prepare more effectively prior to visits, making better use of screen sharing and digital tools for pre-visit meetings than in the past. They also report that they have been better able to discover gaps in documentation and formulate questions for HEI representatives in advance of arriving on site.

September 2018

As the 2018/2019 visiting teams meet to prepare for their upcoming visits, the new and improved visiting team chair presentation is being used to support training. The CEAB Secretariat will circulate a short, three-question survey to all team members who use the new presentation in their preparatory meetings. The survey will serve as an evaluation tool to inform future improvements to the presentation as well as future training needs of visiting teams. Once finalized, the updated visiting teach chair presentation will be made available on the Accreditation Resources web site.

August 2018

Over the summer months, the AIP team has been analyzing the current state of accreditation volunteer management and working to identify key areas for improvement.

June 2018

In June, we began studying Engineers Canada’s accreditation volunteer program as it relates to industry practices in volunteer management.

June 2018

Engineers Canada recently attended the Canadian Engineering Education Association’s (CEEA-ACEG) 2018 conference in Vancouver, June 3 to 6, 2018.

For more information

For more information contact Lynn Villeneuve, Manager, Accreditation at