The Dublin Accord is a mutual recognition agreement (MRA) which pertains to two-year engineering technology programs accredited by its signatories in their jurisdictions since 2002. Signatories to the Dublin Accord are organizations responsible for accrediting two-year engineering technology programs in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Korea, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
The Dublin Accord assists in determining if an associate-level engineering technology program in one signatory’s jurisdiction is recognized for purposes of licensure and registration, employment, or admission to graduate school in another jurisdiction.
The Dublin Accord only recognizes associate-level engineering technology programs accredited within the signatories’ own jurisdiction. Signatories to the Dublin Accord may accredit programs outside of their jurisdiction, but only those programs accredited within their jurisdictions are recognized by the Accord. For example, although ABET accredits programs in countries outside of the U.S., the Dublin Accord recognizes only ABET-accredited programs within the U.S.
The year in which the signatory joined the Dublin Accord determines recognition. For example, ABET became a signatory of the Dublin Accord in 2013. Graduates of U.S.-based ABET-accredited associate-level engineering technician programs beginning in 2013 are covered by the Dublin Accord.
Other signatories are under no formal obligation to recognize ABET-accredited two-year engineering technician programs or their graduates prior to 2013; however, individual signatories may recognize graduates prior to 2013 at their own discretion.
Please see the list of Dublin Accord signatories to check the year in which each signatory joined the Accord.
International accrediting, regulatory, and educational organizations develop statements of graduate attributes and professional competency profiles. The International Engineering Alliance, which administers both Washington Accord for engineering, the Sydney Accord for engineering technology (bachelor-level), and the Dublin Accord for engineering technology (associate-level), has prepared a document that details the background of these statements, their purpose, methodology, and limitations; and describes the graduate attributes and professional competency profiles for engineers and engineering technologists.
Is Your Program Recognized?
These questions will help you determine whether your program is recognized by the Dublin Accord.
If you have questions about this MRA, please contact our Senior Manager – International Relations. You will also find helpful information at the International Engineering Alliance Dublin Accord FAQ.