The Sydney Accord is a mutual recognition agreement (MRA) which pertains to four-year engineering technology programs accredited by its signatories in their jurisdictions since 2001. Signatories to the Sydney Accord are organizations responsible for accrediting engineering programs in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
The Sydney Accord assists in determining if a bachelor-level engineering technology program in one signatory’s jurisdictions is recognized for purposes of licensure and registration, employment, or admission to graduate school in another jurisdiction.
The Sydney Accord only recognizes bachelor-level engineering technology programs accredited within the signatories’ own jurisdiction. Signatories to the Sydney Accord may accredit programs outside of their jurisdiction, but only those programs accredited within their jurisdictions are recognized by the Accord. For example, although we accredit programs in countries outside of the U.S., the Sydney Accord recognizes only ABET-accredited programs within the U.S.
The year in which the signatory joined the Sydney Accord determines recognition. For example, ABET became a signatory of the Sydney Accord in 2009. Graduates of U.S.-based ABET-accredited bachelor-level engineering technology programs beginning in 2009 are covered by the Sydney Accord. Other signatories are under no formal obligation to recognize ABET-accredited bachelor-level engineering technology programs or their graduates prior to 2009; however, individual signatories may recognize graduates prior to 2009 at their own discretion.
Please see the list of Sydney Accord signatories to check the year in which each signatory joined the Accord.
Graduate Attributes & Professional Competencies
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 Sydney Accord.