The Washington Accord is an international accreditation agreement for professional engineering academic degrees, between the bodies responsible for accreditation in its signatory countries. Established in 1989, the signatories as of 2014 are Australia, Canada, Taiwan, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.
The agreement 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 undergraduate engineering degrees under Outcome-based education approach. Engineering technology and postgraduate programs are not covered by the accord, although some engineering technology programs are covered under the Sydney Accord and the 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 accreditation bodies of the Washington Accord, their respective countries and territories, and years of admission:
- Australia - (Engineers Australia, 1989)
- Canada - (Engineers Canada, 1989)
- Chinese Taipei - (Institute of Engineering Education Taiwan, 2007)
- Hong Kong, China - (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)
- Korea - (Accreditation Board for Engineering Education of Korea, 2007)
- Malaysia - (Board of Engineers Malaysia, 2009)
- New Zealand - (Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand, 1989)
- Russia - (Association for Engineering Education of Russia, 2012)
- Singapore - (Institution of Engineers Singapore, 2006)
- South Africa - (Engineering Council of South Africa, 1999)
- Sri Lanka - (Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka, 2014)
- Turkey - (MÜDEK, 2011)
- United Kingdom - (Engineering Council UK, 1989)
- United States - (ABET, 1989)
The following countries have provisional signatory status and may become member signatories in the future:
- Bangladesh - (Board of Accreditation for Engineering and Technical Education)
- People's Republic of China - (China Association for Science and Technology)
- Costa Rica - (Association of Engineers and Architects of Costa Rica)
- Mexico - (Consejo de Acreditación de la Enseñanza de la Ingeniería)
- Pakistan - (Pakistan Engineering Council)
- Peru - (ICACIT)
- Philippines - (Philippine Technological Council)
- Sydney Accord - engineering technologists
- Dublin Accord - engineering technicians
- Seoul Accord - computing and information technology
- Outcome-based education
- Chartered Engineer
- Professional Engineer
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- Washington Accord(International Engineering Alliance)