Accreditation refers to the assessment of an academic programme, department or institution against predetermined criteria – such as curriculum content, resources available and staff profile – to determine whether the programme meets prescribed standards of educational quality or specified minimum standards set by the accrediting body. Accreditation may be institutional or programme-specific. Institutional accreditation seeks to broadly evaluate the overall instructional operations of an educational institution while programme accreditation evaluates the programmes that prepare graduates for specific careers or professions.
The objectives of accreditation as per the six Built Environment Professions Acts are the following:
• To establish whether or not a programme meets the educational requirements toward registration in a particular category;
• To establish whether the graduates of a programme are ready to enter employment and are equipped to continue learning throughout their careers;
• To establish the international comparability of programmes;
• To assure the public of the quality of the programme; and
• To encourage improvement and innovation in education, in response to national and global needs.