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The Value of Program Accreditation

In addition to institutional accreditation, such as national and regional accreditation, specific programs within colleges and universities can seek program (or specialized) accreditation. For example, dietetic programs are accredited by the American Dietetic Association, medical programs are accredited by the American Medical Association, psychology programs are accredited by the American Psychological Association, etc. If an SH&E program seeks specialized accreditation, the program will ultimately be accredited by either the Accreditation Board of Engineering Technology (ABET) or the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE).

ASSE has been charged with the responsibility of setting outcomes (curriculum) for the ABET-ASAC commission (the commission within ABET that accredits SH&E programs). This duty falls to ASSE’s Educational Standards Committee (ESC). The ESC is responsible for advancing a progressive, realistic and comprehensive safety post secondary education accreditation effort, which is vital to the advancement of the profession.

When a program seeks ABET accreditation, they submit an application and individuals called program evaluators (or PEV’s) are sent to the site to evaluate the safety- related program. The accreditation process provides an SH&E program with a method to assess and evaluate the quality of the program in a methodical way. It also is a way to prove the quality and integrity of the program and can make the program more attractive to potential applicants. ABET accreditation may also give your students a leg up in the minds of employers when your students apply for a job after completing their degree.

ABET has information and resources available about the program accreditation process and what your school needs to do to seek ABET accreditation.

Why should my program seek program accreditation?

Information for programs seeking initial accreditation

Request an evaluation

Forms and criteria

To learn more about the ATMAE accreditation process, visit