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19 April 2018
ECSA signs an Agreement to increase overseas marketability for Registered Engineers
Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) earlier this month signed a five-year Agreement for the Mutual Recognition of Engineers with Engineers Australia (EA)
The objective of the Agreement is to permit the mutual recognition of members of each respective organisation who hold professional titles in their home jurisdiction, to be afforded the same recognition in the host jurisdiction in the relevant applicable registration category effective of 12th March 2018. 
The mutual recognition of EA will have a direct impact on its registered members who hold an accredited engineering qualification, or equivalent academic formation for the relevant occupational category and have attained the professional titles of Chartered Professional Engineer/Chartered Engineering Technologist/Chartered Engineering Associate as granted by Engineers Australia. This will include members who are registered on the Engineers Australia’s National Engineering Register administered by Engineers Australia.
ECSA registered persons would need to hold an accredited engineering qualification or equivalent academic formation for the relevant category and have attained the  title of Professional Engineer/Professional Engineering Technologist/ Professional Engineering Technician as granted by the organisation.
“This collaboration will contribute immensely to registered persons who wish to practice engineering out of their host country as the sharing of knowledge, skills and benchmarking against like-minded professionals can only yield positive results for the engineering landscape. We are excited about this partnership, and we trust that this agreement will undoubtedly benefit both parties”, said Mr Sipho Madonsela, Chief Executive Officer of ECSA.  
Sharing the same sentiments is Mr Peter McIntyre, Chief Executive Officer of Engineers Australia who said: “I am delighted that Engineers Australia and the Engineers Council of South Africa are working together to provide mutual recognition of their qualified engineers. This agreement ensures that the competences of Australian-qualified and South African-qualified engineers are recognised in both countries, giving Australia and South Africa easier access to qualified engineers who can deliver improved transport, communication and energy systems to local communities.”
Both ECSA and Institute of Engineers Australia are full signatories to the Washington, Sydney and Dublin Accords. ECSA is a full member of International Professional Engineers Agreement (IPEA), International Engineering Technologists Agreement (IETA) and Agreement for international Engineering Technicians (AIET) whilst Engineers Australia is a full member of IPEA, AIET and a provisional member of IETA.
ECSA is a statutory body that has been established in terms of the Engineering Profession’s Act (EPA), 46 of 2000, with the primary objective of regulating the engineering profession in terms of the act. Accrediting of engineering programmes, registration of persons as professionals in specified categories and the regulation of the practice of registered persons also forms part of ECSA’s mandate. ECSA prides itself in being the only body in South Africa that is authorised to register engineering professionals and bestow the titles of Professional Engineer, Engineering Technologist and Engineering Technician.
Engineers Australia is a national organisation that is incorporated under the Royal Charter with the purpose of advancing the science and practising of engineering. With an impressive pool of engineers showcasing diversity in the various engineering disciplines, this professional body is able to grant the titles of Chartered Professional Engineer, Chartered Professional Technologist and Chartered Professional Associate to Australia’s largest engineering community. APEC Engineers are also registered under the authority of Engineers Australia.
Issued by the Engineering Council of South Africa and Engineers Australia
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