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International Recognition outside Europe

The Engineering Council is a member of the International Engineering Alliance (IEA). The IEA is an umbrella group that oversees six international agreements relating to the recognition of standards for the accreditation and approval of engineering education and professional engineering competence.

Education Accords

The Washington Accord was first signed in 1989. It recognises that professional engineering education programmes accredited by the signatories deliver outcomes that are substantially equivalent to the Washington Accord Graduate Attributes exemplar, which has been developed collaboratively by the signatories. In UK terms the Accord recognises programmes accredited for Chartered Engineer registration. Please see our Washington Accord page for more information.

The Sydney Accord was first signed in 2001. It recognises that engineering technologist education programmes accredited by the signatories deliver outcomes that are substantially equivalent to the Sydney Accord Graduate Attributes exemplar which has been developed collaboratively by the signatories. In UK terms the Accord recognises programmes accredited for Incorporated Engineer registration. Please see our Sydney Accord page for more information.

The Dublin Accord was first signed in 2002. It recognises that the educational base for Engineering Technicians approved or accredited by the signatories delivers outcomes that are substantially equivalent to the Dublin Accord Graduate Attributes exemplar which has been developed collaboratively by the signatories. In UK terms the Accord recognises programmes approved for Engineering Technician and ICT Technician registration.  Please see our Dublin Accord page for more information.

Programmes recognised by an Accord have been accredited by the appropriate Accord signatory, based on national or territorial boundaries.

Competence Agreements

There are three agreements relating to competence standards for practising engineers. These aim to promote mobility by minimising the assessment required for a person who is recognised in one country as reaching the agreed international standard of competence when seeking registration in another signatory country.

The Engineering Council is a signatory to two of these agreements:
• The International Professional Engineers Agreement (signed in 2001)
• The International Engineering Technologists Agreement (signed in 2003)

These agreements are the basis for the International Registers of Professional Engineers and Engineering Technologists.

The third, and longest-standing, agreement is the APEC Engineer Agreement, whose members represent countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

For more information, see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

International Register of Professional Engineers

The Engineering Council holds the UK section of the International Register of Professional Engineers

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International Register of Engineering Technologists

The Engineering Council holds the UK section of the International Register of Engineering Technologists

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Mutual Recognition Agreement IPENZ

Agreement between the Engineering Council and the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand

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Working and Licensure in the USA

In the USA, each State has its own statutory requirements for regulating engineering practice that are the responsibility of State Licensing Boards

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