The Engineering Accreditation Department (EAD) was set up in 2004 to be the secretariat for the Engineering Accreditation Council (EAC). With the 2015 amendment to the Registration of Engineers Act 1967, the Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM) has established the Engineering Technology Accreditation Council (ETAC) and EAD became a secretariat for both since then.

 

The EAD was the nerve centre for the BEM/EAC/ETAC to gain acceptance as a signatory of the Washington Accord, Sydney Accord and Dublin Accord.

 

The EAD’s responsibilities among others are to:

 

Manage the process of applications for approval and accreditation of engineering, engineering technology and engineering technician education programmes that are submitted by the institutions of higher learning (IHL). Accreditation of engineering, engineering technology and engineering technician education programmes is a requirement in order for engineering, engineering technology and engineering technician graduates to be registered with Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM).

 

Liase with institutions of higher learning, Ministry of Higher Education, Institution of Engineers Malaysia, Malaysian Qualification Agency (MQA), Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam and other related agencies/organisations on the procedure, guidelines and process of approval/accreditation as well as other matters concerning accreditation. Therefore it is necessary to have collaboration with universities, corporations, private institutions and government agencies on the development of engineering, engineering technology and engineering technician education in Malaysia.

 

Promote the Malaysian accreditation system whilst retaining collaboration with international professional bodies especially the signatories of Washington Accord, Sydney Accord and Dublin Accord.

 

Establish and maintain a list of local and foreign accredited engineering, engineering technology and engineering technician education programmes to be used by the BEM Registration Department for registration of graduate engineers, engineering technologists and inspector of works (IOW).

 

Respond to any inquiries and complaints concerning accreditation.

 

Facilitate the EAC and ETAC meetings and other related meetings on accreditation and recognition where necessary.

 

Support mutual recognition initiatives in engineering, engineering technology and engineering technician education.