THE SYDNEY ACCORD IS AN INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN BODIES RESPONSIBLE FOR ACCREDITING ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY ACADEMIC PROGRAMMES.
The Sydney Accord was signed in June 2001, by seven founding signatories representing; Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom and South Africa.
As with the other Accords the signatories are committed to development and recognition of good practice in engineering education. The Sydney Accord is specifically focused on academic programmes dealing with engineering technology.
The Accord acknowledges that accreditation of these academic programmes is a key foundation for the practice of engineering technology in each of the countries or territories covered by the Accord.
It recognises the importance of the roles engineering technologists as part of a wider engineering team. Even though the term engineering technologist is used throughout, it is mindful that these are often termed differently within the specific jurisdictions. It also includes roles such as; certified or applied science technologists, which may also be called associate or incorporated engineers.
Currently there are eleven signatories that make up the Sydney Accord.
There are also two organisations, who hold provisional signatory status.
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) (2001)
- Canada - Represented by Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT) (2001)
- Chinese Taipei - Represented by Institute of Engineering Education Taiwan (IEET) (2014)
- Hong Kong China - Represented by Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE) (2001)
- Ireland - Represented by Engineers Ireland (EI) (2001)
- Korea - Represented by Accreditation Board for Engineering Education of Korea (ABEEK) (2013)
- New Zealand - Represented by Engineering New Zealand (EngNZ) (2001)
- South Africa - Represented by Engineering Council South Africa (ECSA) (2001)
- United Kingdom - Represented by Engineering Council United Kingdom (ECUK) (2001)
- United States - Represented by Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) (2009)
- Malaysia - Represented by Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM) (2018)
PROVISIONAL SIGNATORIES ARE RECOGNISED AS HAVING APPROPRIATE SYSTEMS AND PROCESSES IN PLACE TO DEVELOP TOWARDS BECOMING A FULL SIGNATORY
- Peru - Represented by Instituto de Calidad y Acreditacion de Programas de Computacion, Ingenieria y Tecnologia (ICACIT)
- Sri Lanka - Represented by Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka (IESL)