Accredited third level courses

Engineers Ireland accreditation creates, maintains and ensures a consistent standard of engineering programmes in Ireland.

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Find out if your course is accredited and which professional title you may be eligible to apply for. You can also find out if your qualification is internationally-recognised under the Dublin, Sydney or Washington Accords.
Criteria, procedure and training
Engineers Ireland undertakes accreditation visits to assess programmes against our Accreditation Criteria. Accreditation assessors review evidence, meet staff, tour facilities and interview students.

International standards

Engineers Ireland is a member of the International Engineering Alliance and a signatory to the Washington Accord, Sydney Accord and Dublin Accord. Engineers Ireland is also a member of the European Network for the Accreditation of Engineering Education and is licensed to award the EUR-ACE accreditation label.

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Benefits of accreditation

Notes for accreditation

1. Programmes listed under Engineering Technician meet the education requirements for the Dublin Accord, programmes listed under Associate Engineer meet the education requirements for the Sydney Accord and programmes listed under Chartered Engineer meet the education requirements for the Washington Accord.


2. Further Learning (FL): This qualification met the education standard for Chartered Engineer for graduates on or before 31 December 2012. For graduates after 1 January 2013 further learning is required to meet the education standard for Chartered Engineer.


3. Masters (M): 5-year Masters programmes meet the education standard for Chartered Engineer. Graduates of 1-2 year Masters programmes must hold an accredited undergraduate qualification under the Washington Accord.


4. UCD graduates completing the Masters Programme in its entirety over 5 years are awarded a Bachelor of Science (Honours) after 3 years and upon completion of the 2 year Masters Programme meet the educational standard for Chartered Engineer.


5. From 2004 a change in naming convention was implemented on the National Qualification Framework

Awards pre-2004 NFQ level Awards from 2005
National Certificate 6 Higher Certificate
Diploma, National Diploma 7 Ordinary Bachelor Degree
Bachelor Degree 8 Honours Bachelor Degree
Graduate Diploma (Conversion) 8 Higher Diploma
Graduate Diploma (first stage of Masters) 8 Postgraduate Diploma
Masters Degree 9 Masters Degree
Doctoral Degree 10 Doctoral Degree


6. Some Diploma in Engineering programmes delivered by Dublin Institute of Technology pre-1998 received parallel Bachelor of Science awards from Trinity College Dublin (University of Dublin).