Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology is a non-profit organization concerned with accreditation and certifying the quality of college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology.
ABET was established in 1932 as the Engineers Council for Professional Development (ECPD), which was formed to fill the need for a "joint program for up-building engineering as a profession".
ECPD, which was found by seven engineering societies who contributed to its original direction and focus, was renamed to be Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) to describe more accurately its emphasis on accreditation.
Accreditation is a non-governmental, review process that assures educational quality of degree programs. Educational institutions voluntarily schedule a periodical review of their programs to show that their programs satisfy a set of minimum criteria for accreditation.