The Engineers Mobility Forum (EMF) agreement, which is also commonly known as a multi-national agreement between engineering organizations, and universities. The problem arose when engineering students would transfer to different schools located in the various countries. After completing the move, they would learn they would have to start their studies from the beginning of the course work. The reason? The new school they transferred to did not "recognize" the previous studies. This old way of looking at classes taken at different, top universities was especially harsh for students from India.
The solution was rather simple, in the member jurisdictions of the EMF which creates the framework for the establishment of an international standard of competence for professional engineering, the agreement was set. Each member organization was empowered to establish a section of the International Professional Engineers Register (IPFR).
The standard of competence in the area of engineering applied is the same as for the APEC Engineer agreement. It should be expressly understood that most, if not all, of the APEC agreement members, are also members of the EMF accord. The EMF agreement is a global agreement, which carries significantly more weight. This ruling occurred so countries such as the United Kingdom, Ireland, and South Africa have become members of EMF even though they cannot join the APEC agreement. This change is a key measure in the engineering field.
Most do not know that two days after the signing of the Sidney Accord, representatives of engineering organizations in eleven countries signed the Engineers Mobility Forum (EMF) Agreement.
Signatories: The original signatories included all those who signed the Washington Accord, in addition to Japan, Korea, and Malaysia. The original organizations represented are the following:
- United States Council for International Engineering Practice
- Engineers Australia
- Canadian Council of Professional Engineers
- Hong Kong Institution of Engineers
- Institution of Engineers Ireland
- Institution of Professional Engineers, Japan
- Korean Professional Engineers Association
- Institution of Engineers, Malaysia
- Institution of Professional Engineers, New Zealand
- Engineering Council of South Africa
- Engineering Council UK
Current Members: Members of this agreement have full rights of participation in the agreement as outlined in the agreement itself which is binding. Each member country operates a public section of the International Professional Engineer (IntPE) register; registrants on these national articles may receive credit when seeking registration or licensure in the jurisdiction of another member.
- Australia - Represented by Engineers Australia (1997)
- Canada - Represented by Engineers Canada (1997)
- Chinese Taipei - Represented by Chinese Institute of Engineers (2009)
- Hong Kong China - Represented by The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (1997)
- India - Represented by Institution of Engineers India (2009)
- Ireland - Represented by Engineers Ireland (1997)
- Japan - Represented by Institution of Professional Engineers Japan (1999)
- Korea - Represented by Korean Professional Engineers Association (2000)
- Malaysia - Represented by Institution of Engineers Malaysia (1999)
- New Zealand - Represented by Institution of Professional Engineers NZ (1997)
- Singapore - Represented by Institution of Engineers Singapore (2007)
- South Africa - Represented by Engineering Council of South Africa (1997)
- Sri Lanka - Represented by Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka (2007)
- United Kingdom - Represented by Engineering Council UK (1997)
- United States - Represented by United States Council for International Engineering Practice (1997)
Provisional Members of the agreement have been identified as having competence assessment systems developing towards equivalence to those of full Members; they do not currently operate national sections of the International Professional Engineer register.
- Bangladesh - Represented by Bangladesh Professional Engineers, Registration Board
Mission, Goals, and Achievements: The mission of the EMF is to facilitate the mobility of experienced engineering professionals across international borders. This is done by establishing a system that will allow for an engineer's credentials to be verified and accepted in the countries which belong to the EMF. This agreement has opened the doors for chartered engineers to gain experience and knowledge in many different countries without loss of such experience in their work and educational history. The goals of the EMF are as follows:
- To develop, monitor, maintain and promote mutually acceptable standards and criteria for facilitating the cross-border mobility of experienced professional engineers
- To establish a decentralized International Register of Professional Engineers which would provide a readily accessible framework for recognition by the responsible bodies of the substantial equivalence in the competence of experienced professional engineers from the participating economies
- To seek to gain a greater understanding of the existing barriers to mobility and to develop and promote strategies to help governments and licensing authorities manage those boundaries in an efficient and non-discriminatory manner
- To encourage the relevant governments and licensing authorities to adopt and implement mutual mobility procedures consistent with the standards and practices recommended by the signatories to such agreements as may be established by and through the EMF
- To identify and encourage the implementation of best practice for the preparation and assessment of engineers intending to practice at the professional level
- To continue mutual monitoring and information exchange by whatever means are considered most appropriate. These include (a) regular communication and sharing of information concerning assessment procedures, criteria, systems, manuals, publications and lists of recognized practitioners; (b) invitations to observe the operation of the proceedings of other participants; and (c) invitations to attend and observe meetings of any boards and/or commissions responsible for implementing key aspects of these procedures, and relevant sessions of the governing bodies of the participants.
The admission standard for this international register of engineers has been set slightly above those in all national practices.