THE DUBLIN ACCORD IS AN INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING THE REQUIRED EDUCATIONAL BASE FOR ENGINEERING TECHNICIANS.
The Dublin Accord was signed in May 2002, by the founding signatories representing; Canada, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland and South Africa. The agreement established mutual recognition of the qualifications which underpin the granting of Engineering Technician titles.
As with the other Accords the signatories are committed to development and recognition of good practice in engineering education. The Dublin Accord is specifically focused on the mutual recognition of academic programmes/qualifications that underpin the educational base for Engineering Technicians.
The Accord acknowledges that the educational base is a key foundation for practice as an engineering technician, in each of the countries or territories covered by the Accord.
It recognises the importance of the roles engineering technicians play as part of a wider engineering team. Even though the term engineering technicians used throughout, it is mindful that these roles are often termed differently within the specific jurisdictions. It also includes roles such as; certified or professional technician, which may also be called engineering associates.
Currently there are nine signatories that make up the Dublin Accord.
SIGNATORIES HAVE FULL RIGHTS OF PARTICIPATION IN THE ACCORD
Qualifications accredited or recognized by other signatories are recognised by each signatory as being substantially equivalent to accredited or recognised qualifications within its own jurisdiction.
- Australia - Represented by Engineers Australia (EA) (2013)
- Canada - Represented by Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT) (2002)
- Ireland - Represented by Engineers Ireland (EI) (2002)
- New Zealand - Represented by Engineering New Zealand (EngNZ) (2013)
- Korea - Represented by Accreditation Board for Engineering Education of Korea (ABEEK) (2013)
- South Africa - Represented by Engineering Council South Africa (ECSA) (2002)
- United Kingdom - Represented by Engineering Council United Kingdom (ECUK) (2002)
- United States - Represented by Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) (2013)
- Malaysia - Represented by Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM) (2018)