Launching of Engineers Mobility Forum (EMF) International Register of Professional Engineers in Hong Kong, China and APEC Engineer Register in Hong Kong, China
The HKIE is pleased to announce that the above two registers will be available for registration on and after 1 April 2002. The Institution has been authorized by the Hong Kong EMF Monitoring Committee and the Hong Kong APEC Engineer Monitoring Committee to implement the two registers. The following are the details for registration.
EMF International Register of Professional Engineers in Hong Kong, China
The HKIE signed as a signatory to the EMF Agreement on 25 June 2001 in South Africa. The Agreement was also signed by the representative bodies in other signatories, namely, Australia, Canada, Chinese Taipei, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, United Kingdom and the United States.
The purpose of the EMF Agreement is to establish and maintain an EMF International Register of Professional Engineers and this Agreement intends to provide a framework for the recognition of experienced professional engineers by responsible bodies in each of the signatory economy.
This Agreement provides a framework within which the appropriate responsible body in an economy may, to the extent it considers appropriate, recognise the substantial equivalence in professional competence and standing of experienced professional engineers licensed, registered or otherwise deemed eligible for independent practice in another economy within which the signatory organisations have standing.
The signatories note that such registration will only be effective if the responsible bodies in the relevant economies accept the validity of the procedures and criteria through which substantial equivalence is established, and streamline the procedures for granting rights of practice in their economies to registrants applying through this mechanism.
The signatories will therefore use their best endeavours to ensure that responsible bodies in the economies within which they have standing to use this Agreement as a foundation upon which to enter multilateral agreements, or to conclude bilateral agreements, providing for such streamlined procedures to be adopted on a reciprocal basis in dealing with applications by registrants based in the economies concerned.
Each signatory of the EMF Agreement undertakes to implement an EMF International Register of Professional Engineer in their own jurisdictions as the first step of implementing the Agreement.
Upon the establishment of registers in each of the signatory of the EMF Agreement, the EMF Co-ordinating Committee shall liaise with the Monitoring Committees of each signatory economy on the next steps moving towards assisting EMF Engineers registered in each signatory economy to practise in other signatory economies.
APEC Engineer Register in Hong Kong, China
The APEC Engineer, developed under the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) Human Resources Development Working Group, is an initiative to facilitate mobility of professional engineers among the APEC Economies.
The purpose of APEC Engineer project is to set up a framework to facilitate future bilateral or multilateral recognition of professional qualifications in accordance with free wishes of each individual economy.
The APEC Economies recognise that any agreement, which would confer exemption, in whole or in part, upon APEC Engineers from further assessment by the statutory bodies that control the right to practise in each economy, could be concluded only with the involvement and consent of those statutory bodies and the relevant governments. The APEC Engineer Coordinating Committee recommends that relevant governments pursue this within the broader APEC framework.
The APEC Economies note that only complete or partial exemption from assessment mechanisms operating within the jurisdiction in which an APEC Engineer seeks to become licensed or registered is at issue, not exemption from the requirement to become licensed or registered in the economy concerned.
Besides Hong Kong, China, other APEC Economies, namely, Australia, Canada, Chinese Taipei, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and the United States have been authorized by the APEC Engineer Co-ordinating Committee to implement APEC Engineer Register in their own economies.
The disciplines available in Hong Kong part of the APEC Engineer Register include Aircraft, Biomedical, Building, Building Services, Chemical, Civil, Control, Automation & Instrumentation, Electrical, Electronics, Environmental, Fire, Gas, Geotechnical, Information, Manufacturing & Industrial, Marine & Naval Architecture, Materials, Mechanical and Structural.
Qualifications for Inclusion on EMF International Register of Professional Engineers in Hong Kong, China/APEC Engineer Register in Hong Kong, China
For Hong Kong engineers to be eligible for entry onto the EMF International Register of Professional Engineers in Hong Kong or APEC Engineer Register in Hong Kong, they must :-
be Registered Professional Engineers under the Engineers Registration Ordinance; and
have gained a minimum of seven years practical experience since graduation; and,
have spent at least two years in responsible charge of significant engineering work; and,
have maintained their continuing professional development at a satisfactory level.
No application fees are charged and annual registration fees for either EMF Engineer in Hong Kong or APEC Engineer in Hong Kong is $400.
You will only be charged for $600 annual registration fees if you would like to register for both of the above titles.
Further Information and Contact Persons
If you would like to see more information concerning the two registers, please browse the following websites for further information :