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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. What is the Washington Accord?
The Washington Accord was signed in 1989. It is an agreement between the bodies responsible for accrediting professional engineering degree programs in each of the signatory countries. It recognizes the substantial equivalency of programs accredited by those bodies, and recommends that graduates of accredited programs in any of the signatory countries be recognized by the other countries as having met the academic requirements for entry to the practice of engineering. The Washington Accord covers professional engineering undergraduate degrees. Engineering technology and postgraduate-level programs are not covered by the Accord.
2. How can I find out if my program is recognized under the Washington Accord?
You can check this for yourself using the qualification checker on the home page. Go the home page, select the country where you gained your qualification. You will then see jurisdictions, within your country of interest, that are signatories to the Washington accord. Individual jurisdictions are responsible for maintaining a list of accredited programmes. To determine whether your qualification is accredited under a specific accord, you need to follow the link, to the jurisdiction which is listed as a signatory in your country of interest.
3. How do the Washington Accord signatories recognize degrees earned prior to the signing of the Accord?
The signatories only accept accredited degrees earned from the date of acceptance of a signatory into the Accord. The original six signatories (IEAust-Australia, CCPE-Canada, IEI-Ireland, IPENZ-New Zealand, EngC-United Kingdom, and ABET-United States) accept one another's degrees accredited in 1989 and onward. Degrees from HKIE - Hong Kong (1995), ECSA - South Africa (1999), JABEE - Japan (2005), IES - Singapore (2006), IEET - Chinese Taipai (2007), ABEEK - South Korea (2007), BEM - Malaysia (2009), MÜDEK -Turkey (2011), AEER - Russia (2012), NBA - India (2014), IE - Sri Lanka (2014), CAST- China (2016) are accepted beginning in the respective years in parentheses as the dates these accrediting bodies were accepted as signatories of the Accord.
4. I have a qualification from a country with provisional status to Washington Accord. Is my degree accredited under Washington Accord?
Only those educational programs accredited by full signatories are recognised under Washington Accord.
5. If a program is not recognized by the Washington Accord, can an indivual degree be submitted for recognition by the Washington Accord signatories?
Individual degrees cannot be submitted for recognition under the Washington Accord.
6. I hold an engineering degree from a non-Washington Accord signatory country. This degree, however, is recognized by a Washington Accord signatory as substantially equivalent to an engineering degree accredited within this signatory country. Is my degree recognized by other Washington Accord signatories?
The Washington Accord Agreement applies only to accreditations conducted by the signatories within their respective national or territorial boundaries. The signatories are not bound to recognize programs accredited or recognized as substantially equivalent by other signatories outside their national boundaries.
7. The list of accredited programs posted by a Washington Accord signatory includes non-engineering programs. Do Washington Accord signatories recognize technology degrees?
The Washington Accord signatories recognize only engineering programs accredited by the respective signatories. Information on the technology agreements honored by individual signatories may be found on their respective websites. The Sydney Accord provides for the mutual recognition of technology programs.
8. Do I get automatic licensure recognition in any signatory country of the Washington Accord after completing an engineering program/degree in a signatory country?
The licensing or registration of professional engineers is not covered directly or in full by the Washington Accord. However, the academic requirements which are part of licensing /regulation requirements are covered by the Accord. The licensure process differs among signatory countries. You must contact the individual signatory country to which you are applying for licensure in order to learn of national and regional licensure regulation and specific requirements for holders of overseas degrees.
9. I completed my base qualification (i.e. Bachelors Degree) from a country which is not a signatory to Washington Accord. I have now completed a higher qualification (i.e. Masters) from a country that is a signatory. Are my qualifications accredited?
The Washington Accord only recognizes undergraduate degrees earned in a signatory country. The fact that you have a higher degree from a country that is a signatory to the Washington Accord does not change the status of your initial engineering degree.
10. Can a Chartered or Professional Engineer which has been assessed as such in his/her home jurisdiction be added as member to a Signatory of Washington Accord?
The Signatories of Washington Accord are all accreditation agencies that accredit programmes at institutions that have legal authority to confer qualifications satisfying academic requirements for admission to practice status (e.g. licensing, registration) in a jurisdiction. A Chartered or Professional Engineer cannot be added as member to a Signatory as membership is not for individuals.
January 28, 2017
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