Agreement for International Engineering Technicians puts people and qualifications on a par
30 June 2015
Engineers Ireland has signed an Agreement for International Engineering Technicians – which essentially recognises that a practising technician’s skills has equivalence with qualifications – at the annual meeting of the International Engineering Alliance in Istanbul, Turkey.
The new agreement will facilitate the recognition of equivalence at the practising technician’s level, that is, it is individual people – not qualifications – that are seen to meet the benchmark standard. The concept of this agreement is that a person recognised in one country as reaching the agreed international standard of competence should only be minimally assessed (primarily for local knowledge) prior to obtaining registration in another country that is party to the agreement.
The International Engineering Alliance now manages seven international agreements governing mutual recognition of engineering qualifications and professional competence. In each of these agreements, countries/economies that wish to participate may apply for membership and, if accepted, become members or signatories to the agreement.
In broad principle, each country/economy must meet its own costs, and the body making an application must verify that it is the appropriate representative body for that country/economy.
“As a founding signatory of the Agreement for International Technicians, the participation of Engineers Ireland demonstrates our commitment to support our members working in highly mobile engineering sectors,” said Damien Owens, membership director and registrar, Engineers Ireland. Owens attended the event along with Paul Sheridan, deputy registrar, Engineers Ireland.
Engineers Ireland becomes a provisional member of Seoul Accord
Also at the Istanbul event, Engineers Ireland has become a provisional member of the Seoul Accord, which focuses on the recognition of computer science and ICT graduates.
The signatories of the accord have joined together for the primary purpose of contributing to the improvement of computing education worldwide through the mutual recognition of accredited academic computing programs that prepare graduates for professional practice.
By establishing desired attributes for graduates of computing programs that prepare graduates for professional practice, and by sharing best practices for computing education, it is hoped to contribute to the acceptance of international standards for the academic preparation of computing professionals and efforts to achieve these standards in computing education throughout the world.
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