Accreditation & global recognition

When you are deciding where to study an engineering degree, it is important that you choose an institution which is accredited by an official accreditation association and furthermore, you should make sure that it is an association which is globally recognised. 

If your course is not accredited, you cannot be sure that your qualification will be recognised by potential employers when you are applying for jobs in other countries.

The following are leading civil engineering associations that will be able to point you in the direction of universities with valid accredited courses. 

Australia - Engineers Australia

Engineers Australia is the national forum for the advancement of engineering and the professional development of their members. With over 100,000 members embracing all disciplines of the engineering team, Engineers Australia is the largest and most diverse professional body for engineers in Australia.

See, the Engineers Australia website

Canada - Canadian Society for Civil Engineers

The Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE) promotes advances in the field of civil engineering including geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, hydrotechnical engineering, environmental engineering, transportation engineering and surveying and geomatics engineering. Members who are professional civil engineers are usually categorized and may use the post nominals as associates (AMCSCE), members (MCSCE) or fellows (FCSCE). 

See, the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering website

Ireland - Institution of Engineers of Ireland

With almost 24,000 members from every discipline of engineering, Engineers Ireland is the voice of the engineering profession in Ireland. We have been representing the engineering profession since 1835, making us one of the oldest and largest professional bodies in Ireland. Almost 24,000 members come from every discipline of engineering, and range from engineering students to fellows of the profession.

See, the Institution of Engineers of Ireland website

New Zealand - IPENZ

The Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ) is the professional body that represents professional engineers from all disciplines in New Zealand. The terms "engineering profession" and "professional engineer/engineering" are used by the Institution in the broadest possible way, to include all those who use a systematic process of analysis, design/synthesis and implementation, strive to operate in a responsible way, are governed by a code of ethics set by their peers, and engage in continuing professional development to maintain the currency of their competence.

See, the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand website

UK - Institute of Civil Engineers

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) is a registered charity (no. 210252; no. SC038629 [Scotland]) that strives to promote and progress civil engineering. They believe that civil engineers are "at the heart of society, delivering sustainable development through knowledge, skills and professional expertise."

With this in mind, they are a qualifying body, a centre for the exchange of specialist knowledge, and a provider of resources to encourage innovation and excellence in the profession worldwide.

See, the Institute of Civil Engineers website

USA - American Society of Civil Engineers

Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) represents more than 140,000 members of the civil engineering profession worldwide and is America's oldest national engineering society.

See, the American Society of Civil Engineers website 


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