Accreditation of Engineering Degree Programmes – WASHINGTON ACCORD

Accreditation of an engineering degree programme is very essential to ensure the engineering programme is conducted in a good standard and practice. The authority in the respective countries will conduct the accreditation exercise to assess the engineering programme under their purview. As students or parents, it is advisable to check with the local authority if the programme you intended to enrol has been recognised completely. It appeals to be important since you do not expect your registration as an engineer to be rejected by the local Engineering Council/ Board when you started your engineering career after graduation.

In the aspect of engineering education under the international scene, the Washington Accord, an international agreement between authorities responsible for recognising engineering degree programmes, has been established to set the guidelines for good practice and benchmark of quality in engineering professional education. The Accord is intended to outline the mutual recognition of engineering qualifications between the participating bodies globally. To date (2017) the signatories of the Accord are as follows (Source:;

Australia – Represented by Engineers Australia (EA) (1989)
Canada – Represented by Engineers Canada (EC) (1989)
China – Represented by China Association for Science and Technology (CAST) (2016)
Chinese Taipei – Represented by Institute of Engineering Education Taiwan (IEET) (2007)
Hong Kong China – Represented by Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE) (1995)
India – Represented by National Board of Accreditation (NBA) (2014)
Ireland – Represented by Engineers Ireland (EI) (1989)
Japan – Represented by Japan Accreditation Board for Engineering Education (JABEE) (2005)
Korea – Represented by Accreditation Board for Engineering Education of Korea (ABEEK) (2007)
Malaysia – Represented by Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM) (2009)
New Zealand – Represented by Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ) (1989)
Russia – Represented by Association for Engineering Education Russia (AEER) (2012)
Singapore – Represented by Institution of Engineers Singapore (IES) (2006)
South Africa – Represented by Engineering Council South Africa (ECSA) (1999)
Sri Lanka – Represented by Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka (IESL) (2014)
Turkey – Represented by Association for Evaluation and Accreditation of Engineering Programs (M√úDEK) (2011)
United States – Represented by Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) (1989)
United Kingdom – Represented by Engineering Council United Kingdom (ECUK) (1989)
Pakistan – Represented by Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) (2017)

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