It is a process of reviewing the quality of engineering education, in which the program that achieves accreditation demonstrates that its graduates are prepared to practice the profession even internationally because it satisfies the international quality criteria of Acredita CI.

The Engineering Accreditation applies exclusively to science-based engineering programs, such as:

  • Civil Engineering
  • Civil Engineering with any specialty: mechanical, electrical, environmental, mining, metallurgy, among others.
  • Forestry Engineering or similar.
  • Natural Resources Engineering or similar.
  • Agronomic Engineering or similar.
  • Food Engineering or similar.
  • Other Science-Based Engineering in Chile.

It is a requirement that the programs be taught by autonomous Higher Education Institutions and that they have at least two cohorts of graduates practicing the profession.

Acredita CI’s quality criteria were adjusted to incorporate the criteria established by the Washington Accord. See Master Manual for the Accreditation of Science-Based Engineering Programs. The Washington Accord criteria are administered by the International Engineering Alliance, IEA (www.ieagreements.org).

The accreditation of engineering programs requires the demonstration that students acquire the Graduate Attributes (minimum profile) proposed by the IEA, which are an essential part of the quality criteria of Acredita CI:

  1. Engineering Knowledge.
  1. Problem Analysis.
  1. Design / Development of Solutions.
  1. Investigation.
  1. Modern Tool Usage.
  1. The Engineer and Society.
  1. Environment and Sustainability.
  1. Ethics.
  1. Individual and Team Work.
  1. Communication.
  1. Project Management and Finance.
  1. Lifelong Learning.

 

A program accredited by Acredita CI today, in its capacity as Provisional Member of the Accord, enters a select group of engineering programs that meet standards comparable in their educational processes to those of the member countries of the Washington Accord, which ensures that the engineer is prepared to face professional performance at an international level and that he/she meets certain minimum competencies with similar characteristics, giving to the program, the Academic Unit on which it depends, and the University; an outstanding recognition of the international community because of this.

Once Acredita CI is a full member of the Washington Accord, those graduates of engineering programs accredited by Acredita CI will be able to access simplified recognition processes for their degrees in most of these 20 countries, which substantially facilitates their employment insertion, which It fulfills the purpose of the IEA to promote the professional mobility of engineers in the world, a purpose that is fully shared by the Colegio de Ingenieros Chile.

Accreditation ensures that the graduates of engineering programs accredited by Acredita CI, are people capable of designing or developing solutions to complex engineering problems at the time of their degree, although they require at least three years of initial professional practice, to fully strengthen these skills.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, Accreditation respects the characteristics and purposes of the institution that teaches the program and its graduate profile, which normally considers the country’s culture, the region in which the institution is inserted and its contribution to the development of the country. The Graduate Attributes establish a minimum profile that the program must consider in its educational process.