oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Mutual recognition of engineers at the full professional level

Volume 4, Issue 10
  • ISSN : 1021-2000



The Washington Accord is an agreement whereby the bodies of each country accrediting educational qualifications for professional engineers are accredited and mutually accepted. The signatories to the Accord are Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada and the United States of America. South Africa and Hong Kong are 'half' signatories to the Accord and FEANI is not part of it. A submission by the Canadian Council for Professional Engineers, which tabulated many facts about the registration systems for professional engineers for each country, formed the basis of the initial discussion. It appears that New Zealand, Australia and Ireland have bodies that are multi-disciplinary and non-statutory, their functions being more extensive than those of the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA). If one took ECSA and the Engineering Association (SAVI), added the lnstitutions and vocational bodies and rolled them all into one, one would have a similar model.

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