Washington Agreement Engineering

The Agreement for International Engineering Technicians (AIET) joined the IEA family after its signing in 2015. This bilateral MRA applies to students who completed accredited engineering programs in 1980 or later. Engineers Canada and ABET are not formally required to mutually recognize each other`s accredited engineering programs or their graduates prior to 1980; however, they may do so at their own discretion. The year in which the signatory acceded to the Sydney Agreement determines recognition. For example, ABET became a signatory to the Sydney Agreement in 2009. Graduates of ABET-accredited U.S.-level engineering technology programs starting in 2009 are covered by the Sydney Accord. Other signatories are not formally required to recognize ABET-accredited Bachelor of Engineering Technology programs or their graduates prior to 2009; However, individual signatories may recognize graduates prior to 2009 at their own discretion. The agreement defines the mutual recognition of accredited engineering courses between the participating organisations. It also sets and evaluates the standard for professional engineering education on these committees.

The institution has introduced the following international registries under the IPEA, APEC Engineering and IETA agreements: The Washington Agreement only applies to bachelor`s degree engineering degrees. [2] Engineering technology courses and postgraduate engineering courses are not covered by the Agreement. Engineering technology programmes are covered by the Sydney Agreement and the Dublin Agreement. Only qualifications issued after the signatory country or region has been incorporated into the Washington Accord will be recognized. The agreement is not directly responsible for licensing professional engineers and registering licensed engineers, but it does cover the academic requirements that are part of the licensing processes in the signatory countries. Other signatories are not formally required to recognize ABET-accredited engineering programs or their graduates prior to 1989; However, individual signatories may, at their discretion, recognize graduates prior to 1989. The Washington Agreement aims to facilitate the mobility of professional engineers. By recognizing the equivalent of engineering degrees in all signatory countries, it is easier for engineers to enroll in other countries and improves employment opportunities.

These agreements recognize the essential equivalence of the accreditation processes of the participating organizations and the willingness of their graduates to begin professional practice at the entry level […].