In 1965, the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB) was created to develop national standards so that an engineering program leading to licensure in one province would be accepted for licensure in every province. Engineering programs are evaluated by the CEAB at six year intervals and at the request of the institution offering the program. Accreditation means that engineering graduates from the program have the academic qualifications necessary for registration as a professional engineer (P.Eng) after having completed a period of working as an engineer under the supervision of a licensed engineer and after having passed examinations in ethics and law.
In Canada, thirty-five schools of engineering offer accredited undergraduate engineering programs leading to a Bachelor’s in Engineering. There are currently 220+ accredited engineering programs in a wide range of engineering disciplines. In addition to the well-known disciplines such as civil, electrical, mechanical and chemical engineering, aspiring engineers can enter accredited programs in bio-resources, computer, environmental, materials and mining engineering, among others.
Accrediting Agencies Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB) Established: 1965 Location: Ottawa, Ontario Web: www.engineerscanada.ca Accredits engineering programs in Canada only.
The goal of accreditation is to ensure that education provided by institutions of higher education meets acceptable levels of quality. Accrediting agencies, which are educational associations of regional or national scope, develop evaluation criteria and conduct peer evaluations to assess whether or not those criteria are met. Institutions and/or programs that request an agency's evaluation and that meet an agency's criteria are then "accredited" by that agency.