Reciprocal Recognition Agreement

The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers has established close relationship with engineering institutions/authorities throughout the world. It has signed agreements for reciprocal recognition of professional and technologist qualifications with many engineering institutions/authorities. These include:


Professional Qualifications for Corporate Membership

  • The British Computer Society
  • The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers
  • The Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation
  • The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management
  • China Association for Science and Technology
  • Energy Institute
  • Engineers Australia
  • Engineers Canada
  • Engineers Ireland
  • Hong Kong Computer Society
  • The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology
  • The Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining *
  • The Institute of Measurement and Control
  • The Institution of Chemical Engineers
  • The Institution of Civil Engineers
  • The Institution of Engineering and Technology
  • The Institution of Fire Engineers
  • Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers
  • The Institution of Mechanical Engineers
  • The Institution of Professional Engineers, New Zealand
  • The National Administration Board of Engineering Registration (Structural)
  • The Royal Aeronautical Society
  • The Royal Institution of Naval Architects
  • The Society of Operations Engineers

Technologist Qualifications for Associate Membership

  • The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers
  • The Society of Operations Engineers
  • The Institution of Engineering and Technology

 

* The Institute of Materials and the Institution of Mining and Metallurgy have merged and formed the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining on 10 July 2002

 


 International Engineering Agreements

The Institution is a signatory to the following international engineering agreements:

Washington Accord

The Washington Accord commenced in 1989. It recognises substantial equivalence in the accreditation of academic qualifications in professional engineering. The engineering degrees accredited by the HKIE are recognised by other signatories, and vice versa. Full Signatories to the Washington Accord include Australia, Canada, China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong-China, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Sydney Accord

The Sydney Accord commenced in 2001. It recognises substantial equivalence in the accreditation of academic qualifications in engineering technology. The higher diplomas and associate degrees accredited by the HKIE are recognised by other signatories, and vice versa. Full Signatories to the Sydney Accord include Australia, Canada, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong-China, Ireland, Korea, New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States.

International Professional Engineers Agreement (IPEA)

 The IPEA (formerly known as Engineers Mobility Forum, EMF which commenced in 2001) establishes an international standard of competence for professional engineering and provides a framework for the recognition of experienced professional engineers by representative organisations in the signatory jurisdictions. Each representative organisation is authorised to establish a register for those engineers wishing to be recognised as meeting the generic international standard. Full Members of IPEA include Australia, Canada, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong-China, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, the United Kingdom and the United States.

APEC Engineer

The APEC Engineer framework was established between the representative organisations of the participating Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economies under support of the Government in 1999. It operates in a similar protocol as the IPEA. Member economies include Australia, Canada, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong-China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Thailand and the United States.

International Engineering Technologist Agreement (IETA)

 The IETA (formerly known as Engineering Technologists Mobility Forum, ETMF which was signed in 2003) provides a framework for the recognition of experienced engineering technologists by representative organisations in the signatory jurisdictions. Each representative organisation establishes a register for those engineering technologists wishing to be recognised as meeting the generic international standard. Full Members of the IETA include Canada, Hong Kong-China, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa and the United Kingdom.

Seoul Accord

The Seoul Accord commenced in 2008. It recognises substantial equivalence in the accreditation of academic qualifications in Computing and Information and Communication Technology (ICT)-related education. Hong Kong-China joined as a Full Signatory to the Seoul Accord in June 2009 and following that, the computer science degrees accredited by the HKIE would be recognised by other signatories, and vice versa. Other Full Signatories to the Seoul Accord include Australia, Canada, Chinese Taipei, Japan, Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States.

For details of the Washington Accord, Sydney Accord, IPEA, APEC Engineer and IETA, please visit the website http://www.ieagreements.org/. For the Seoul Accord, please visit the website http://www.seoulaccord.org/.

Others

The HKIE is also an affiliated member of World Federation of Engineering Organisations (WFEO) and a member of the Federation of Engineering Institutions of Asia and the Pacific (FEIAP).

 


International Registers

 

The Institution has launched the following International Registers under the IPEA, APEC Engineer and IETA agreements:

 


 International Engineering Alliance (IEA)

 

The International Engineering Alliance was jointly formed by the six international engineering agreements, namely Washington Accord, Sydney Accord, Dublin Accord, IPEA, APEC Engineer and IETA, in strengthening the mutual recognition work of academic qualifications and professional competence of the engineering profession globally. The Agreement for International Engineering Technicians (AIET) joined the IEA family following its signing in 2015.

 

The seven international engineering agreements hold the International Engineering Alliance Meetings (IEAM) biennially to review policies and procedures, consider applications for membership and discuss other issues pertaining to engineering education and qualification development. Between the biennial meetings, IEA Workshops and Interim/Midterm Meetings would also be organised. Starting from 2018, the IEAM will be held annually.

 

IEAM 2017

 

The IEAM 2017 was held on 18 - 23 June 2017 in Anchorage, Alaska of the United States. A delegation consisting of Ir Chan Chi-chiu, Immediate Past President for Session 2016/2017; Ir Dr Martin Kwong, Chairman of the Hong Kong IPEA / APEC Engineer Monitoring Committees; Ir Peter Wong, Chairman of the Accreditation Board; Mrs Monica Yuen, Chief Executive and Secretary; Dr Jenny Tang, Senior Manager – Accreditation, Registration & External Qualifications and Mr Sondes Leung, Manager – External Qualifications participated in the meetings.  In his capacity as Chair of the IPEA, Ir Dr Alex Chan also attended the meetings. The following are some highlights of the meeting outcomes:

    • Washington Accord 
      Pakistan was successfully admitted as a Full Signatory to the Washington Accord. In addition, Ireland, South Africa and Turkey were successfully verified as a Full Signatory for another six years. Prof Andrew Wo of Chinese Taipei and Prof Elizabeth Taylor of Australia were re-elected as Chair and Deputy Chair of the Washington Accord respectively.

    • Sydney Accord 
      Malaysia and Sri Lanka were admitted as Provisional Signatories to the Sydney Accord. Prof David Holger of the United States and Prof Kwon Oh-yang of Korea continue to be the Chair and Deputy Chair of the Sydney Accord respectively.

    • IPEA
      The Netherlands was admitted as a Provisional Member of the IPEA. In addition, Korea and the United Kingdom were successfully verified for the next term of six years as Authorised Members of IPEA while the Authorised Membership of Australia was extended for two years. Ir Dr Gue See-sew of Malaysia has succeeded as Chair of the IPEA while Ms Kathryn Sutherland of Canada has taken up the Deputy Chair.

    • APEC Engineer
      Korea and Russia were successfully verified for the next term of six years as Authorised Members of APEC Engineer while the Authorised Membership of Australia was extended for two years. Mr Tan Seng-chuen of Chinese Taipei and Ms Patty Mamola of the United States were re-elected as the Chair and Deputy Chair of APEC Engineer respectively.
  • IETA
    Mr Jones Moloisane of South Africa has taken up the Chair of IETA while Ms Katy Turff of the United Kingdom was elected as the Deputy Chair.

 

The IEA Secretariat service provided by New Zealand was extended for another two years until 2019.

 

Meetings were also held to review the Rules and Procedures of the educational accords and Constitutions of the competence agreements. In addition, agendas of meetings covered, amongst others, the governance structure of the IEA and ways to streamline the periodic review and admission procedures for signatories.

 

The IEA Meetings 2018 will be held on 25-29 June 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

 

Seoul Accord General Meeting 2017

 

Immediately after the IEAM 2017, the Seoul Accord General Meeting 2017 was held on 24 - 25 June 2017 in Gridwood, Alaska.  Ir Dr Chan Chun-leung, Chairman of the Accreditation Committee for Computer Science Programmes represented the Institution to attend the meeting.

At the meeting, Mexico was admitted as a Provisional Signatory to the Seoul Accord while Canada, Japan and Korea were successfully verified as a Full Signatory for another six years.  In addition, Prof Dong-yoon Kim of Korea and Prof Michael Johnson of Australia were re-elected as Chair and Deputy Chair of the Seoul Accord respectively.

 

Meetings were also held on topics such as recognition of Masters, technology and technician programmes under the Seoul Accord, and future collaboration with other international/regional accreditation organisations.

 

The next Seoul Accord meeting will be held on 23 - 24 June 2018 in London, United Kingdom.