Participation in international engineering organisations
Engineers Australia (EA) is an active member of the World Federation of Engineering Organisations (WFEO) and the Federation of Engineering Institutions of Asia and Pacific (FEIAP). By sharing our engineering experience with other countries around the world, we are able to connect the engineering profession in Australia with standards and practices at a global level.
EA’s relationships with developing countries (especially given our location within the Asia Pacific region) have also enabled us to give back to the profession by mentoring such countries to become signatories to various multilateral agreements. Having more countries participate in these agreements will ultimately provide greater mobility options for our members, which is a significant member benefit.
Our participation in international engineering organisations is led by Engineers Australia’s International Committee, a volunteer-based, Council-appointed committee. The International Committee provides leadership and direction for the organisation’s international activities to ensure there is ongoing member benefit and alignment with the strategic objectives of Engineers Australia.
International engineering agreements
Under the International Engineering Alliance, there are seven international agreements governing mutual recognition of engineering qualifications and professional competence.
Engineers Australia is a participant of all seven agreements. This means that our members’ hard-earned engineering qualifications and experience are immediately recognised by the many countries also involved in these agreements.
The Washington Accord recognises substantial equivalence in the accreditation of qualifications in professional engineering, normally of four years duration.
The Sydney Accord recognises substantial equivalence in the accreditation of qualifications in engineering technology, normally of three years duration.
The Dublin Accord is an agreement for substantial equivalence in the accreditation of tertiary qualifications in technician engineering, normally of two years duration.
Agreements covering competence standards for practising engineers:
The other four agreements cover recognition of equivalence at the practising engineer level between countries that are party to the agreement.
The APEC Engineers Register enables cross-border mobility for professional engineers in the APEC region, recognising significant standards of professional competence in engineering within these countries.
Chartered professional engineers of Engineers Australia are automatically placed on the APEC Engineers Register once they meet the following criteria:
- Successful completion of an Engineers Australia accredited or recognised undergraduate engineering course.
- Assessment by Engineers Australia as eligible for independent practice.
- A minimum of seven years' practical experience since graduation.
- At least two years in responsible charge of significant engineering work.
- Maintenance of continuing professional development at a satisfactory level.
The International Professional Engineers agreement operates the same competence standard as the APEC Engineer agreement but any country/economy may join. The parties to the agreement are largely engineering bodies.
The International Engineering Technologist agreement was signed by participating economies/countries in 2003. The parties to the Agreement have agreed to commence establishing a mutual recognition scheme for engineering technologists.
The Agreement for International Engineering Technicians (AIET) was signed by participating economies/countries in 2015. The parties to the Agreement have agreed to commence establishing a mutual recognition scheme for engineering technicians.
World Federation of Engineering Organisations (WFEO)
The World Federation of Engineering Organisations (WFEO) was founded in 1968 under the auspices of the UNESCO in Paris. It is a non-governmental international organisation that brings together National Engineering Organisations from over 90 nations and represents some 8,000,000 engineers from around the world.
WFEO is the worldwide leader of the engineering profession and co-operates with national and other international professional institutions in developing and applying engineering to the benefit of humanity.
- To provide information and leadership to the engineering profession on issues of concern to the public or the profession.
- To serve society and to be recognised by national and international organisations and the public, as a respected and valuable source of advice and guidance on the policies, and interesting concerns that relate engineering and technology to the human and natural environment.
- To make information on engineering available to the countries of the world and to facilitate communication between its member nations.
- To foster peace, socioeconomic security and sustainable development among all countries of the world, through the proper application of technology.
- To facilitate relationships between governments, business and people by bringing an engineering dimension to discussion of policies and investment.
Engineers Australia has participated in WFEO activities for many years and is an acknowledged leader of the engineering profession.
Past National President Dr. Marlene Kanga HonFIEAust CPEng AM is President-Elect of WFEO and will be President from December 2017 to December 2019. Her term will include the 50th anniversary year of the foundation of WFEO in 2018 and the Engineers Australia's centenary year in 2019.
Another Past National President, Dr Peter Greenwood, also represents Engineers Australia and is an Executive Vice President of WFEO, with a term to December 2017.
Engineers Australia is also joint host with the World Federation of Engineering Organisations of the World Engineers Convention in 2019 (WEC2019). Dr. Kanga led the bid to host this event in Melbourne in November 2019. This will be a key learned society event for Engineers Australia during its centenary year. The event will include the WFEO general Assembly which will bring the world's engineers to Melbourne. For further information, please visit www.wec2019.org.au
Other Engineers Australia members are corresponding members to the various WFEO Standing Technical Committees. For further information, please visit www.wfeo.org
Federation of Engineering Institutions of Asia and the Pacific (FEIAP)
The Federation of Engineering Institutions of Asia and the Pacific (FEIAP) is an international non-profit professional organisation founded on July 6, 1978.
It was established as The Federation of Engineering Institutions of South-East Asia and the Pacific (FEISEAP) following an exploratory meeting convened and organised by The Engineering Institute of Thailand under The King’s Patronage with the support of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on the 03 July 1978 in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Being an independent umbrella organisation for the engineering institutions within the Asia - Pacific region, FEIAP holds objectives to:
- encourage the application of technical progress for economic and social advancement throughout the world
- advance engineering as a profession in the interest of all people
- foster peace throughout the world.
Past National President, Prof Doug Hargreaves HonFIEAust Eng Exec FIPENZ MIMechE CPEng represents Engineers Australia to FEAIP. He is also the current Chair of the International Committee at Engineers Australia, term commencing January 2017.
The 24th General Assembly of FEIAP was held in Perth in July of 2016. For further information, please visit www.feiap.org
Mutual recognition agreements
Engineers Australia has established mutual recognition agreements with Institutions around the world through which a member of such a body, on application, will be accorded an equivalent level of membership in Engineers Australia and vice versa. In some cases, the agreements cover more than one grade of membership and occupational category.
Our MRAs may be able to help you if you have been Chartered with another engineering organisation and wish to transfer your Chartered status to Engineers Australia.
Please note: As a condition under the agreement, formal academic qualifications must be acceptable to both bodies in accordance with the Washington, Sydney or Dublin Accords. Where academic qualifications are not acceptable under this agreement the applicant may be asked to submit a Competency Demonstration Report for assessment.
List of organisations
Engineers Australia currently has mutual recognition agreements in place with the engineering associations listed below.
- The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE)
- The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)
- The Chartered Institution of Building Engineers (CIBSE)
- The Institution of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST)
- The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
- The Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS)
- The Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA)
- The Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE)
- The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)