About us

The Greater Caribbean Regional Engineering Accreditation System (GCREAS) is a private, independent, nonprofit institution dedicated to ensuring the quality of higher education in engineering in the Caribbean countries.

GCREAS was originally inspired by the Organization of American States Engineering for the Americas initiative of 2004, by which representatives of governments and the private sector in Latin America, in the "Declaration of Lima", publicly committed themselves to promote economic and social development in the continent through quality engineering education for technological innovation.

The member organizations of the GCREAS founding countries signed the Declaration of Kingston, in 2009, and decided by consensus to grant the permanent headquarters of the Agency to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, where the Organization was legally established in 2010 and from where it operates since, in the Headquarters of the Dominican Association of Engineers, Architects and Surveyors (CODIA). GCREAS operates in close technical association with its mentoring organizations: the Accreditation Board of Engineering & Technology (ABET) of the USA; and the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB).

GCREAS offers training, consulting and quality assessment of higher education programs in all branches of engineering throughout the Caribbean basin. Among those services, there are online courses, free and bilingual, for professionals and universities; Peer-friend couching and training workshops with international experts; regional conferences with specialists; and internship programs with ABET (Shadow Visitors) which have enabled the Agency to train dozens of Caribbean engineers in the best practices for promoting and ensuring quality education in Engineering. GCREAS operates in accordance with the guidelines established by the Washington Accord: the pioneering agreement that congregates the major accreditation agencies of engineering education in the world.