Membership of which professional organizations for electrical and electronic engineers are recognized globally?
From an Australian perspective:
- I have a Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering.
- I am a graduate member of Engineers Australia.
- I am a member of Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.
My bachelor's degree in engineering was received from a university whose engineering course is accredited by Engineers Australia.
Because the course is accredited by Engineers Australia, and because Engineers Australia is a signatory of the Washington Accord, my engineering degree is also recognised by all other signatories to the Washington Accord. This means my engineering degree is recognised globally.
Since I hold a bachelor's degree in engineering, and I work in Australia, I am eligible to be a member of Engineers Australia.
Membership of this organisation is specific to my country, and is tied to some legislation which is also specific to my country.
For example, Australian law requires one to be a Engineers Australia Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng) to perform certain duties. This doesn't immediately transfer to other countries, where you need to attain the local equivalent of CPEng to meet that country's requirements.
Similarly the other local Australian registers, such as the Registered Professional Engineer, Queensland (RPEQ) and National Professional Engineers Register (NPER) are tied to Australian laws.
Where equivalents to CPEng, RPEQ, NPER exist overseas, there may be a mutual recognition agreement which automatically grants the foreign version if you have the Australian version, and vice versa. See the Engineers Australia document Supporting the Professional Mobility of Engineers in Australia and the United States.
Since I hold a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, I am eligible to be a member of the IEEE. This is an internationally recognised membership - my IEEE membership stays the same no matter what country I am living in.
However, my membership of the IEEE doesn't mean much in Australia. It does not grant any special privileges or duties in Australia, and IEEE is not relevant to any Australian laws. Membership of Engineers Australia is considered much more important than IEEE.
The purpose, structure and the value proposition of each of these organizations differ between been each other yet recognize each other credentials.
For example if once credentials are US base and has a need to acquire similar credentials for Engineers Australia, then one would have to submit the necessary paper work to Engineers Australia for evaluation and acceptance. Under the auspicious of the Washington Accord most credentials are cross listed. I can confirm that my US based Electrical Engineering credentials were accepted by Engineering Australia in accordance with the Washington Accord. Therefore I believe that my credentials will be accepted by any professional engineering organization that is part of the Washington Accord.
Therefore if your electrical engineering credentials are accepted by one body who is a part of the Washington Accord then your electrical engineering credentials are almost certain to be accepted by any other body that is part of the Washington Accord.
The following are the signatory accreditation bodies of the Washington Accord.
- Australia - (Engineers Australia, 1989)
- Canada - (Engineers Canada, 1989)
- Taiwan - (Institute of Engineering Education Taiwan, 2007)
- Hong Kong - (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 - (Russian Association for Engineering Education, 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)
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