Note: The following training modules are intended for public use – NOT official ABET training.

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>

After completing the ABET Program Evaluator application and being nominated by one of our professional and technical societies, you will participate in Program Evaluator Candidate (PEVC) 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 PEVC Training is important in becoming an ABET Program Evaluator. The entire PEVC 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 PEVC Training typically takes 20-25 hours and requires written work and the completion of three (3) end-of-module proficiency assessments. Once the online training is complete, PEVCs then attend Face-to-Face training, which is a one-and-a-half day experiential workshop that simulates an on-site visit.

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

The entire PEVC Training process begins in March and ends in June. The online training must be completed at least four (4) weeks before the Face-to-Face training.

Program Evaluator Pre-Visit Preparation Training>

This is ABET’s online training course for Program Evaluators 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. 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 required to be 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.

CAC Commissioner Online Refresher Training >

This standard refresher training for CAC Commissioners will enable us to more productively use commission meeting time in July for topics that need deeper discussion. This training is available online and should be completed by CAC Commissioners prior to 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.