Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Engineers Agreement

Registration at APEC Engineer`s IPER registry allows professional engineers to gain recognition for their professional reputation in the APEC region and thus contribute to the globalization of professional engineering services. This is particularly useful for engineering offices that provide services to other APEC economies, but it also creates added value for individuals who want to work in those economies at some point. www.ieagreements.org/agreements/apec/apec-engineer-databank/ for more information. The APEC agreement exists between a number of APEC countries to recognize a “substantial equivalence” of technical engineering skills. APEC countries can apply to become members of the agreement by demonstrating that they have systems in place to assess the competence of engineers according to the international standard set out in the APEC engineering contract. APEC Engineer Databank consists of basic data provided by APEC engineers, including name, registration details, company/organization and position name, as well as advanced information such as experience profile. Through APEC Engineer Databank, APEC engineers have the opportunity to promote their skills and professional services. On the other hand, business partners and potential government authorities have the opportunity to look for competent engineers to support cross-border cooperation, skills transfer and innovation projects. APEC economies recognize that any agreement granting a waiver to APEC engineers in whole or part of a subsequent assessment by the legal bodies that control the right to practice in each economy can only be concluded with the participation and agreement of these legal bodies and the relevant governments. The APEC Coordinating Committee recommends that the governments concerned follow this approach within the broader APEC framework.

The APEC Engineer Register is a well-established regional registry (a reference register) of professional engineers for the economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). This register ensures that professional engineers are competent in the equivalency of skills and also recognizes that a subsequent assessment may be exempted in whole or in part by the legal bodies that control the right to practice in each economy. Each APEC member economy has committed to minimizing the additional assessment required for local occupational registration for those registered under the APEC Engineering Agreement.

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