Accords between engineering bodies

Accords between engineering bodies
Various international accords have been signed between the bodies responsible for accrediting tertiary-level qualifications in engineering in each of their respective countries. These accords recognize the substantial equivalency of programs accredited by those bodies from the date of full signature status, and recommend that graduates of accredited programs in any of the signatory countries be recognized by the other countries as having met the academic requirements for entry to the practice of engineering.

The Engineering Council (UK) and the Engineering Council of South Africa signed the Washington Accord in 1989 and 1999 respectively. Both Councils signed the Sydney and Dublin accords in  2001 and 2002, respectively. For example, if a person obtains a degree after 1999 from a South African University that is accredited in terms of the Washington Accord that person’s qualifications will be recognized by ECUK.

It should be noted that the academic qualifications associated with these accords are linked to the following categories of ECSA and ECUK registration


Categories of registration associated with the various Accords




Professional Engineer

Chartered Engineer


Professional Engineering Technologist

Incorporated Engineer


Professional Technician

Engineering Technician

*see for full details of all these accords.

The International Engineering Agreements website provides full information and details on all international agreements between the various engineering bodies.

There is a qualification checker function on the front page to see whether your qualification meets the reuqirements and is acknowledges by one of the accords.