The CTI is formally recognized as an organization with responsabilities for external quality assurance and accreditation by the French state, through a law of July 10, 1934 and several subsequent law and decrees, now jointly published in the Code de l’Education.
All public ministry departments (Education, Defense, Equipment and Transport, Agriculture, Industry, etc.) and private institutions have to rely on CTI judgments.
CTI is a public authority, functions outside the institutions and is independant from the government and politics. It is the only organization entitled to both evaluate and accreditate the higher education programmes and the institutions in engineeering.
The title of ingénieur diplômé (qualified engineer) is protected by law since 1934, awards the Master's degree and is recognised by the professionnal unions.