International Passport

International Passport

International AgreementsIf you are thinking of working abroad or coming to work in Ireland from abroad Engineers Ireland have put in place a number of international agreements which will facilitate mobility.

The globalised nature of the engineering profession requires the supply of professional engineering talent in all government and industrial sectors across the globe. Engineers Ireland has a very active member base in the GB and Middle East Regions and we get requests on a daily basis from members who are working or intending to work overseas.

To support our members Engineers Ireland is a signatory to a range of international agreements to help you to study and work globally. There are two key areas - mutual recognition of accredited educational qualifications and bilateral recognition of professional engineering titles.

International Agreements on Educational qualifications

The Washington Accord

Through the Washington Accord, all accredited engineering degree programmes, which we have accredited as satisfying the academic requirements for the Chartered Engineer title, are recognised by professional bodies in other signatory countries as equivalent to their own accredited engineering degree programmes.

The Sydney Accord

Through the Sydney Accord, approved Engineering Technology Programmes (National Diploma in Engineering, BEng Tech degree, BEng Degree, BTech degree) are accepted for membership purposes by the Accord signatories on the same basis as their own accredited Engineering Technology Degree and Diploma Programmes.

The Dublin Accord

Through the Dublin Accord, approved Engineering Technician Programmes (National, Higher or Technician Certificate in Engineering) are accepted for membership purposes by the Accord signatories on the same basis as their own accredited engineering technician certificate programmes.

FEANI - Fédération Européenne d'Associations Nationales d’Ingénieurs

Level 8 engineering degree programmes accredited by Engineers Ireland are eligible for inclusion in the FEANI Index of schools and courses are accepted for the Eur Ing title.

The EUR ING title delivered by FEANI is designed as a guarantee of competence for professional engineers, in order to facilitate the movement of practicing engineers within and outside the geographical area represented by FEANI's member countries. It's also establishes a framework of mutual recognition of qualifications in order to enable engineers who wish to practice outside their own country to carry with them a guarantee of competence to provide information about the various formation systems of individual engineers for the benefit of prospective employers.

How to Apply for a EUR ING Title

Chartered Engineers can apply online.

Please contact the membership team at or call them on +353 (0)1 665 1334 to make payment for your EUR ING application.

More information

Additional information on the EUR ING title is available on

European Network for Accreditation of Engineering Education (ENAEE)

Engineers Ireland is a founding member of ENAEE which grants authority to engineering accreditation agencies to add the “EUR-ACE Label” to First-cycle and Second-cycle engineering programmes which each agency has accredited subject to certain criteria being satisfied.

We also act as an umbrella organization for the various professional groups in the industry, providing links with the medical, research and trade sectors of the industry.

Recognition of professional qualifications

Recognition of professional qualifications provides for the recognition of the substantial equivalence of professional qualifications (e.g. Chartered Engineer, Associate Engineer and Engineering Technician) – this is a combination of academic qualification and relevant experience at a professional level.

Even with these mutual recognition agreements additional tests or interviews may be necessary – this is the case in particular in North America or if you have achieved your professional qualification through an experiential learning route e.g. you do not hold the required educational standard.

The professional titles of Engineers Ireland are Chartered Engineer (CEng), Associate Engineer (AEng) and Engineering Technician (EngTech).

Recognition in the UK

Engineers Ireland has negotiated international agreements for Chartered Engineers with the following engineering professional bodies in the UK

  • The Institution of Civil Engineers (CEng)
  • The Institution of Engineering and Technology (CEng, AEng and Eng Tech)
  • The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (CEng) currently under review
  • The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CEng)
  • The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CEng)
  • The Institution of Structural Engineers (CEng, AEng) – Candidates must succeed in the relevant IStructE examination.

Recognition within the EU

EU Directives issued in 1989, 1992 and 2005 provide for the mutual recognition of professional qualifications between EU member states.  Provided there are no substantial differences, as defined in the Directives between such a qualification and the CEng title, Engineers Ireland will grant this title to holders of such qualifications.

The European Directive Route to membership reflects Engineers Ireland’s obligations under, and opportunities created by the European Directive 2005/36/EC concerning the recognition of professional qualifications within the EU.  

It is recommended to applicants applying for recognition of their title by Engineers Ireland under this route to familiarize themselves with Directive 2005/36/EC.

It should be noted that the EU Directive does not guarantee automatic recognition in the host  Member State (in this instance Ireland) as there may be a difference between the formal qualifications and  professional experience of the applicant and those required by Engineers Ireland (the Competent Authority in the host Member State).

Applicants are required, in accordance with the regulations for this membership route, to complete and submit the application form for the Registered Title of Chartered Engineer under EU Directive 2005/36/EC accompanied by the relevant support documents and application fee.  A checklist of the requirements is included within the application form.

Recognition in countries outside the EU

Engineers Ireland has negotiated international agreements for Chartered Engineers with engineering professional bodies in Canada, Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand and South Africa.

International Professional Engineers Agreement

Engineers Ireland is a signatory to a number of global mobility agreements. The International Professional Engineers Agreement, IPEA (formally the Engineers Mobility Forum agreement) is a multi-national agreement between engineering organisations in the member jurisdictions which creates the framework for the establishment of an international standard of competence for professional engineering, and then empowers each member organization to establish a section of the International Professional Engineers Register.

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To check you're eligibility to apply for recognition under these agreements please contact the membership team.