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The Washington Accord is an international accreditation agreement for undergraduate professional engineering academic degrees between the bodies responsible for accreditation in its signatory countries and regions. Established in 1989, the full signatories as of 2018 are Australia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.[1]



The Washington Accord recognizes that there is substantial equivalence of programs accredited by those signatories. Graduates of accredited programs in any of the signatory countries are recognized by the other signatory countries as having met the academic requirements for entry to the practice of engineering. Recognition of accredited programs is not retroactive but takes effect only from the date of admission of the country to signatory status.


The Washington Accord covers only undergraduate engineering degrees under outcome-based education approach.[2] Engineering technology and postgraduate engineering programs are not covered by the accord. Engineering technology programs are covered under the Sydney Accord and Dublin Accord. Only qualifications awarded after the signatory country or region became part of the Washington Accord are recognized. The accord is not directly responsible for the licensing of professional engineers and the registration of chartered engineers but it does cover the academic requirements that are part of the licensing processes in signatory countries.


The following are the signatory countries and territories of the Washington Accord, their respective accreditation bodies and years of admission:[1]

Flag Member State Member Institution Year of admission
  Australia Engineers Australia 1989
  Canada Engineers Canada 1989
  China China Association for Science and Technology 2016
  Hong Kong The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers 1995
  India National Board of Accreditation 2014
  Ireland Engineers Ireland 1989
  Japan Japan Accreditation Board for Engineering Education 2005
  Malaysia Board of Engineers Malaysia 2009
  New Zealand Engineering New Zealand 1989
  Pakistan Pakistan Engineering Council 2017
  Peru ICACIT 2018
  Russia Association for Engineering Education of Russia 2012
  Singapore Institution of Engineers Singapore 2006
  South Africa Engineering Council of South Africa 1999
  South Korea Accreditation Board for Engineering Education of Korea 2007
  Sri Lanka Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka 2014
  Taiwan Institute of Engineering Education Taiwan 2007
  Turkey MÜDEK 2011
  United Kingdom Engineering Council 1989
  United States ABET 1989

The following countries have provisional signatory status and may become member signatories in the future:[3]

Flag State Institution
  Bangladesh Board of Accreditation for Engineering and Technical Education
  Chile Acredita.CI
  Costa Rica Association of Engineers and Architects of Costa Rica
  Mexico Consejo de Acreditación de la Enseñanza de la Ingeniería
  Philippines Philippine Technological Council
  Myanmar Myanmar Engineering Council
  Thailand Thailand Accreditation Board of Engineering Education
  Indonesia Indonesian Accreditation Board of Engineering Education

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  1. ^ a b "Washington Accord". International Engineering Alliance. Retrieved 20 April 2017.
  2. ^ "Outcome Based Education" (PDF). 18 June 2008.
  3. ^ "Signatories". Washington accord.

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