Washington Accord

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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 2020 are Australia, Canada, China, Costa Rica, 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.[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 Australia Engineers Australia 1989
Canada Canada Engineers Canada 1989
Costa Rica Costa Rica Association of Engineers and Architects of Costa Rica 2020
China China China Association for Science and Technology 2016
Hong Kong Hong Kong The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers 1995
India India National Board of Accreditation 2014
Republic of Ireland Ireland Engineers Ireland 1989
Japan Japan Japan Accreditation Board for Engineering Education 2005
Malaysia Malaysia Board of Engineers Malaysia 2009
New Zealand New Zealand Engineering New Zealand 1989
Pakistan Pakistan Pakistan Engineering Council 2017
Peru Peru ICACIT 2018
Russia Russia Association for Engineering Education of Russia 2012
Singapore Singapore Institution of Engineers Singapore 2006
South Africa South Africa Engineering Council of South Africa 1999
South Korea South Korea Accreditation Board for Engineering Education of Korea 2007
Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka 2014
Taiwan Taiwan Institute of Engineering Education Taiwan 2007
Turkey Turkey MÜDEK 2011
United Kingdom United Kingdom Engineering Council 1989
United States United States ABET 1989

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

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

See also[edit]


  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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