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The Washington Accord and US Licensing Boards

The Washington Accord and US Licensing Boards
The Washington Accord and US Licensing Boards
The Washington Accord known as a mutual recognition agreement between national engineering regulatory bodies was signed in 1989 by six founding signatories. Through this mutual recognition agreement the signatories recognize that the formal educational programs accredited by the respective signatories are substantially equivalent. The stated objective of the Washington Accord is to ease the path of engineering graduates to professional registration or licensing in different jurisdictions. Since 1989, the signatories to the Washington Accord has increased threefold with an additional five countries as currently provisional signatories. This rapid expansion is a reflection of the need for international recognition of educational qualifications and competency across borders in an increasingly globalized world. Engineering accreditation bodies, particularly in developing countries, are proactively seeking recognition and mobility of their graduates. Within this context, the Washington Accord celebrates 25 years and charts a course for the next 25 years. This paper examines in detail the position of the U.S. licensing boards on the Washington Accord. It is concluded that with respect to the U.S. licensing boards, the Washington Accord has made only modest inroads in its first 25 years and needs to set a much more ambitious path for the next 25 to achieve truly reciprocal mobility.
1052-3928
Anwar, Arif
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Richards, David
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Anwar, Arif
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Richards, David
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Anwar, Arif and Richards, David (2015) The Washington Accord and US Licensing Boards. Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice, 141 (4). (doi:10.1061/(ASCE)EI.1943-5541.0000246).

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The Washington Accord known as a mutual recognition agreement between national engineering regulatory bodies was signed in 1989 by six founding signatories. Through this mutual recognition agreement the signatories recognize that the formal educational programs accredited by the respective signatories are substantially equivalent. The stated objective of the Washington Accord is to ease the path of engineering graduates to professional registration or licensing in different jurisdictions. Since 1989, the signatories to the Washington Accord has increased threefold with an additional five countries as currently provisional signatories. This rapid expansion is a reflection of the need for international recognition of educational qualifications and competency across borders in an increasingly globalized world. Engineering accreditation bodies, particularly in developing countries, are proactively seeking recognition and mobility of their graduates. Within this context, the Washington Accord celebrates 25 years and charts a course for the next 25 years. This paper examines in detail the position of the U.S. licensing boards on the Washington Accord. It is concluded that with respect to the U.S. licensing boards, the Washington Accord has made only modest inroads in its first 25 years and needs to set a much more ambitious path for the next 25 to achieve truly reciprocal mobility.

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Published date: February 2015

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Local EPrints ID: 413517
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/413517
ISSN: 1052-3928
PURE UUID: 0de9a283-2811-43e5-9cf9-8c4b761b987d
ORCID for Arif Anwar: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-3071-3197

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Last modified: 29 Oct 2019 02:03

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