The Washington Accord

Members Login

The Washington Accord, signed in 1989, is an international agreement among bodies responsible for accrediting engineering degree programs. It recognizes the substantial equivalency of programs accredited by those bodies and recommends that graduates of programs accredited by any of the signatory bodies be recognized by the other bodies as having met the academic requirements for entry to the practice of engineering.


Download: The Overview of Washington Accord (pdf)


Admission of a New Signatory: June 2016
At its meeting on 2 June 2016 at the Royale Chulan Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the Washington Accord admitted the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST) as a full signatory. This is a recognition by the other signatories of the substantial equivalence of the engineering academic programs accredited by CAST.


Admission of New Signatories: June 2014

At its meeting on 13 June 2014 in Wellington, New Zealand, the Washington Accord admitted two accrediting agencies as signatories:

  • The Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka
  • National Board of Accreditation, India

In the case of the National Board of Accreditation (NBA), recognition of programmes by other signatories applies only to programmes accredited by NBA that are offered by education providers accepted by NBA as Tier 1 institutions.

Recognition of graduates of programmes accredited by any signatory by registering or licencing bodies in other signatory jurisdictions is subject to the following restriction. The graduate must have completed the programme: 

  • Later than the date of admission of the accrediting signatory; and
  • During the period of validity of the accreditation (which may have commenced prior to the date of admission). 

Recognition of graduates before the date of admission is not required under the Accord. Other signatories may, at their sole discretion, recognise graduates of accredited programmes from before the admission date.


Admission of a New Provisional Status Body: June 2014

At its meeting on 13 June 2014 in Wellington, New Zealand, the Washington Accord admitted Instituto de Calidad Y Acreditacion de Programas de Computacion, Ingeneria Y Technologia (ICACIT) - Peru to Provisional Status in the Accord.

Provisional status does not confer recognition on programmes nor is the Provisional Status Body required to recognise the programmes of other signatories.