The Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM) traditionally registers graduates and professional engineers under the Registration of Engineers (Amendment) Act 2007. The pre-requisite for registration as a graduate engineer is any qualification in engineering recognised by the Board. BEM is also in the process of registering engineering technologists who are also important stakeholders within the engineering workforce.
The BEM therefore has a duty to ensure that the quality of engineering technology education/programme of its registered technologists attains the minimum standard comparable to global practice. Hence the necessity to accredit engineering technology programmes conducted in IHLs.
The Engineering Technology Accreditation Council (ETAC) is a delegated body by the Board of Engineers Malaysia established in early 2015 as the only recognized accrediting body for engineering technology bachelor degree, engineering diploma and engineering technology diploma programmes offered in Malaysia.
ETAC is made up of representatives from the Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM), the Malaysian Qualification Agency (MQA), the Public Services Department (Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam Malaysia (JPA)) and other relevant learned societies.
The ETAC has been strengthened with respect to its administrative arm within the set up of the Engineering Accreditation Department. The Department presently operates at the Kelana Jaya office. The set up includes a director, and four (4) associate directors. The Department is also supported by its committees that oversee the development of the Manual, the outcome-based culture change at institutions of higher learning, quality assurance and international affairs.
The ETAC was instrumental in ensuring Malaysia’s ETAC accredited engineering technology bachelors’ degree, engineering diploma and engineering technology diploma programmes are substantially equivalent to the engineering degrees of the signatories of the Sydney Accord and Dublin Accord.