The APEC agreement is in place between a number of APEC countries for the purposes of recognising “substantial equivalence” of professional competence in engineering. APEC countries can apply to become members of the agreement by demonstrating that they have in place systems which allow the competence of engineers to be assessed to the agreed international standard set by the APEC Engineer agreement.
Registration on the IPER register with APEC Engineer ensures that professional engineers have the opportunity to have their professional standing recognised within the APEC region thereby contributing to the globalization of professional engineering services. This is of particular benefit to engineering firms that are providing services to other APEC economies but it also adds value to individuals who may wish, at some stage, to work in these economies.
Each member economy of the APEC agreement has given an undertaking that the extra assessment required to be registered on the local professional engineering register will be minimised for those registered under the APEC Engineer agreement.
The APEC Engineer Register is an initiative of the Commonwealth Department of Education Science and Training (formerly DETYA) and Engineers Australia, to facilitate employment opportunities for professional engineers in the Asia-Pacific Region.
Registrants on the APEC Engineer Register, Australia are entitled to use the postnominal APEC Engineer and the postnominal IntPE(Aus), which confers similar recognition to APEC Engineers in India, Ireland, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the United Kingdom.
The eligibility criteria for registration on the APEC Engineer Register, Australia are:
- successful completion of an Engineers Australia accredited or recognised undergraduate engineering course
- assessment by Engineers Australia as eligible for independent practice
- a minimum of seven years practical experience since graduation
- at least two years in responsible charge of significant engineering work
- maintenance of continuing professional development at a satisfactory level which is audited every 5 years (Practice Review)
Members have full rights of participation in the agreement.
Australia - Represented by Engineers Australia (EA) (2000)
Canada - Represented by Engineers Canada (EC) (2000)
Chinese Taipei - Represented by Chinese Institute of Engineers (CIE) (2005)
Hong Kong China - Represented by Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE) (2000)
Indonesia - Represented by Persatuan Insinyur Indonesia (PII) (2001)
Japan - Represented by Institution of Professional Engineers Japan (IPEJ) (2000)
Korea - Represented by Korean Professional Engineers Association (KPEA) (2000)
Malaysia - Represented by Institution of Engineers Malaysia (IEM) (2000)
New Zealand - Represented by Engineering New Zealand (EngNZ) (2000)
Philippines - Represented by Philippine Technological Council (PTC) (2003)
Russia - Represented by Association for Engineering Education of Russia (AEER) (2010)
Singapore - Represented by Institution of Engineers Singapore (IES) (2005)
Thailand - Represented by Council of Engineers Thailand (COE) (2003)
United States - Represented by National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) (2001)
Peru - Represented by Peruvian Engineers Association/Colegio de Ingenieros del Perù (PEA/CIP) (2018)