Accreditation Step by Step

An overview of the
typical path that a program takes

to become ABET-accredited

Before the 18 month Accreditation Process

Are you ready for Accreditation?

Step 1: Complete the Readiness Review by October 1

  • Readiness Review Completed
  • Begin Self-Study Report

1 year

before your On-Site Visit

  • Collect samples of student work, syllabi, textbooks, and sample assignments.
  • Complete your Readiness Review (if required) by October 1.
The 18 month Accreditation Process

Step 2: Submit your Request for Evaluation by January 31

  • Submit Your Request for Evaluation

Year of your On-Site Visit

  • Submit your Request for Evaluation (RFE) by January 31 of the year of your program’s On-Site Visit.
  • We will invoice your institution for the On-Site Visit, set a visit date, and form a review team between April and May.

Step 3: Complete and submit your Self-Study Report by July 1

  • Submit Self-Study Report
  • Attend Institutional Representatives Day

Year of your On-Site Visit

  • Complete and submit your Self-Study Report to us no later than July 1.
  • The review team assigned to your program begins reviewing your Self-Study Report.
  • Attend the Institutional Representatives Day. Your program’s institutional representative is invited to meet your review team chair at this annual event, held in Baltimore, MD, in July.

Step 4: The On-Site Visit takes place September – December

  • Schedule and Prepare for the On-Site Visit.
  • Undergo 1-3 day On-Site Visit

On-Site Visit

  • Prepare for your On-Site Visit. Finalize the visit schedule, arrange student and faculty interviews, and, finally, set up rooms with display materials for the review team. You should begin planning and preparation months in advance.
  • Your On-Site Visit typically lasts three days (usually Sunday through Tuesday). It includes a review of your materials; interviews with students, faculty, staff, and administrators; and concludes with an exit meeting, when the team will convey its findings.

Step 5: Due Process and the Accreditation Decision

  • Schedule and Prepare for the On-Site Visit.
  • Undergo 1-3 day On-Site Visit.
  • 1 Week After the Visit

    Provide the review team with any errors of fact resulting from the exit meeting.

  • 2-3 months after the visit

    Your institution receives the Draft Statement, a formal communication of your review team’s findings.

  • 3-4 months after the visit

    During the 30-Day Due Process period your institution responds to any shortcomings identified in the Draft Statement.

  • July

    The ABET commissions meet to decide Accreditation Actions in July. At this meeting your program’s accreditation is discussed and determined.

  • By August 31

    Your program is formally notified of the accreditation action via the Final Statement to the institution.