Futures of Engineering Accreditation

Investigating and validating the purpose and scope of accreditation

The expectations of modern engineers are continually growing, and the accreditation of engineering education has never been more crucial to their success. Futures of Engineering Accreditation (FEA) aims to bring together the diverse perspectives of the Canadian engineering ecosystem to create an accreditation system that moves everyone forward together.

A call for signals of change

We are inviting members of the engineering ecosystem to contribute a signal of change, to create a shared hypothesis of the engineers of future: What emerging problems and design challenges will need to be addressed by engineers of the future? What will the world need and expect from engineers?
A signal of change is anything taking place in the present that helps us see systemic changes that might be underway. They may show up as an article, emerging industry trend, or shifts in society related to our field.

About Futures of Engineering Accreditation

Since its creation in 1965, the Canadian engineering education accreditation system has supported Canadian engineering regulators and inspired and mentored accreditation bodies internationally. Significant changes in engineering practice and education have occurred over this same period. From technological advancements to the emergence of new and alternative educational methods, the context for today’s engineers is far different from that of the past.

The objective of FEA is to leverage the insights, perspectives, and expertise of members of the Canadian engineering ecosystem to examine the current accreditation system, understand how it’s serving contemporary needs, and consider how it can chart a new path for the future of our profession.

Futures of Engineering Accreditation is an initiative by Engineers Canada, and part of its 2022-2024 Strategic Plan. It is done in partnership with Coeuraj, a design and facilitation consultancy.

Throughout this journey, Futures of Engineering Canada will:

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Conduct a fundamental review of the current accreditation system and re-examine its purpose in the context of the overall licensure system.

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Investigate best practices in engineering education to understand the current and future needs of engineering education.

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Examine the academic requirement for licensure and its use in both accreditation and licensure.

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Gather the different perspectives of the Canadian engineering ecosystem to shape future evolutions of accreditation to best meet society’s needs.

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Create and share a Path Forward Report with recommendations for all stakeholders.

The journey

To ensure the efforts of Futures of Engineering Accreditation capture the needs and desires of all relevant parties in the Canadian engineering ecosystem, the multi-year journey aims to gather insight in four phases:

Phase 1
Understanding the existing system

Through a series of tailored, experiential sessions, members of the Canadian engineering ecosystem are engaged to share their unique perspectives, including their experiences and expertise on the overall licensure process and accreditation system. This upfront work will serve as the foundation for the project pathway.

Phase 2
Introducing new voices

As we continue to unpack our current system, strategic foresight sessions will bring together the different perspectives of the ecosystem, to imagine what the future engineer is expected to do. With a better understanding of the voices at the table, these sessions will be fundamental in identifying the collective work needed to evolve the engineering education accreditation system.

Phase 3
Evaluating futures through simulation

With a better understanding of the voices in our ecosystem, desktop simulations of future accreditation scenarios will be collaboratively developed and tested. Through these evaluations, and harnessing the ecosystem’s collective knowledge, adaptable and resilient solutions can begin to take form.

Phase 4
Nurturing an emergent system

As the work and recommendations for the accreditation system begin to unfold, more voices from the ecosystem will be able to fine tune the Path Forward Report, with an intended release in 2024.

How to get involved

Futures of Engineering Accreditation aims to reach as much of the Canadian engineering ecosystem as possible. If you have any questions about the project, or are interested in getting involved, please email fea@engineerscanada.ca

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