We are active in developing and raising standards in education, accrediting courses at some 60 higher education institutions, more than half of which are outside the UK. We also encourage our members to develop further knowledge and skills after qualification through programmes of continuing professional development.
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Through its programme of course accreditation, IChemE aims to recognise and share best practice in the University education of Chemical Engineers. At the same time it seeks to promote development of the profession, by encouraging innovation in chemical engineering course design and delivery.
These guidelines describe what IChemE requires of a degree course that is to be accredited. A framework is given that sets threshold standards and yet provides the flexibility to accommodate many different types of course. The process of accreditation is explained, and guidance is given on the documentation that the University must provide.
These guidelines have evolved from IChemE's long experience in accrediting degree courses across the world. IChemE accredited degrees are recognised through Mutual Recognition Agreements worldwide and by Engineering Council UK (consistent with the UK-SPEC regulation, issued March 2004).
Accredited degrees help provide graduates with a pathway to qualification as a Chartered Chemical Engineer (MIChemE) and registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng) with the Engineering Council and/or as a Chartered Scientist (CSci) with the Science Council.
IChemE would like to extend its sincere appreciation to the many people from industry and academia who have assisted in its accreditation programme, and who have helped in drafting this revision of the guidelines.
IChemE's Process Management & Control Special Interest Group has prepared some recommendations on Skill Requirements in Process Automation for Graduate Chemical Engineers, developed through consultation with senior industrialists and academics, to support the teaching of process control.