Washington Accord (credentials)

The Washington Accord is an international accreditation agreement established in 1989 for undergraduate and postgraduate engineering degrees. An IEA's Professional Engineering accredited Qualification Checker link is also shared by Yassir Baig , who is a graduate of Masters of Engineering degree in Manufacturing Engineering from RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia which is accredited under Washington Accord by Engineers Australia.To check if your base qualification is accredited, pick the country where you gained your base qualification and then select the link to the appropriate signatory for the relevant accord. professional engineering academic degrees between the bodies responsible for accreditation in its signatory countries.

The full signatories as of 2022 are Australia, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, 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 both undergraduate and postgraduate engineering degrees.[2] Engineering technology 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
  Costa Rica Association of Engineers and Architects of Costa Rica 2020
  China China Association for Science and Technology 2016
  Hong Kong The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers 1995
  India National Board of Accreditation 2014
  Indonesia Persatuan Insinyur Indonesia (PII) 2022
  Ireland Engineers Ireland 1989
  Japan Japan Accreditation Board for Engineering Education 2005
  Malaysia Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM) 2009
  Mexico Consejo de Acreditación de la Enseñanza de la Ingeniería (CACEI) 2022
  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 Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh
  Chile Acredita.CI
  Philippines Philippine Technological Council
  Myanmar Myanmar Engineering Council
  Thailand Thailand Accreditation Board of Engineering Education
  Saudi Arabia Education and Training Evaluation Commission (ETEC)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Washington Accord". International Engineering Alliance. Retrieved 26 September 2020.
  2. ^ "Outcome Based Education" (PDF). 18 June 2008.
  3. ^ "Signatories". Washington accord.

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