The Washington Accord
The Washington Accord is a multi-lateral agreement among bodies responsible for the accreditation or recognition of tertiary-level engineering degree programs in each of the countries or territories where the bodies operate. Originally signed in 1989 by the six founding signatories who have chosen to work collectively to assist the mobility of professional engineers through the development and recognition of good practice in engineering education, the Accord now counts eighteen full signatories and six provisional members, the latter including the Philippine Technological Council. Please find more details on the Accord signatories at www.ieagreements.org
Washington Accord recognizes substantial equivalency of programs accredited by these accreditation bodies and recommends that graduates of programs accredited by any of the signatory body be recognized by the other bodies as having met the academic requirements for entry to the practice of engineering.
PTC as a Provisional Signatory to the Washington Accord
The Philippines Technological Council (or “PTC”) is the sole organization recognized by the Commission on Higher Education (or “CHED”) and the body of engineering professionals in the country to be the applicant-signatory and representative of the Philippine jurisdiction to the Washington Accord.
PTC developed its Certification and Accreditation System for Engineering Education (CASEE) which it implemented for the assessment and evaluation of engineering programs in the country since 2012. PTC was admitted as a provisional signatory to the Accord in June 19, 2013 during the IEA Meetings in Seoul, South Korea. Since the establishment of its accreditation system and the accrediting organizations – the Accreditation and Certification Board Engineering and Technology (or “PTC ACBET”) and the Engineering Accreditation Commission (or “EAC”), PTC has accredited a number of engineering programs in various institutions of tertiary engineering education in the country. See the accredited programs here.