Training for Program Evaluators and Team Chairs is offered throughout the year via online training courses and webinars. Professional Development Hours are awarded for participation. Please contact ABET’s Training Manager for more assistance.

Program Evaluator Candidate Training>

This is ABET’s basic online training course for prospective Program Evaluators and is designed to simulate the actual ABET program review process. Successful completion of the Program Evaluator Candidate Training is the first step in becoming an ABET Program Evaluator. The entire Program Evaluator Candidate Training process consists of three separate steps:

  • An online learning experience
  • Face-to-face facilitated instruction
  • Society specific training (if applicable)

The online portion of Program Evaluator Candidate Training typically takes 20-25 hours and requires written work and the completion of three end-of-module quizzes. Once the online training is complete, Program Evaluator candidates then attend Face-to-Face training, which is a one and a half day experiential workshop that simulates an on-site visit.

Program Evaluator candidates who successfully complete both the online and the Face-to-Face training may then be selected by his or her Member Society to serve as a Program Evaluator. Some societies require additional specialized training, which is conducted separately by the society.

The entire Program Evaluator Candidate Training process begins in March and ends in June. The online training must be completed at least three (3) weeks before the face-to-face course.

Program Evaluator Pre-Visit Preparation Training>

This is ABET’s online training course for Program Pvaluators assigned to evaluate a program. The Pre-Visit Preparation Training provides critical updates on any Commission-specific changes that will affect the review process, as well as updates to policy, procedures, and campus visit logistics. Program Evaluators are required to complete this training at least three (3) weeks before their assigned visit. This course is available online for the duration of each accreditation cycle.

Program Evaluator Recertification Training>

This is ABET’s online recertification training course for Program Evaluators who have been inactive for more than two (2) years or who have not completed formal training in the past five (5) years. It is designed to ensure consistency in the review process by providing Program Evaluators an opportunity to reconnect with the accreditation process, as well to become current with the latest updates to ABET criteria, processes, and procedures.

Training for Accreditation Visits Outside the United States>

This ABET training program is a primer for Team Chairs and Program Evaluators participating in accreditation visits outside the United States for the first time. It can also be used as refresher training for those who have previously participated in accreditation visits to programs outside the United States. This course is always available online, and is completed at least three (3) weeks before the assigned visit.

New Team Chair Training>

Many successful Program Evaluators ascend into leadership roles within ABET as Team Chairs (Commissioners). This training course is available online and should be completed by newly appointed Team Chairs approximately six (6) weeks before the Summer Commission Meetings held in July each year.

Training Webinars

Three (3) training webinars are provided during each accreditation cycle and are designed to support Program Evaluator Candidate Training: 1) Mentor training, for those assigned to Program Evaluator candidates; 2) Lead Facilitator training, for upcoming Program Evaluator Candidate Training sessions; and 3) Support Facilitator training, for upcoming Program Evaluator Candidate Training sessions.  Training webinars are available by invitation only.