With significant government investment in infrastructure, engineering jobs are in hot demand in New Zealand. Never has there been a better time for internationally accredited engineers to seek employment in our little slice of heaven down under. That being said, it’s important for international job seekers to understand how engineering qualifications are recognised within New Zealand.

If your engineering qualification falls under any of these three international education accords, you’ll be qualified for graduate membership of IPENZ.

  • Washington Accord – Professional Engineering
  • Sydney Accord – Engineering Technology
  • Dublin Accord – Engineering Technician

This also means your qualification will meet the academic requirement for appropriate registration within New Zealand, as well as requirements for any competency-based membership.

The Washington Accord

Established in 1989, the Washington Accord is a multi-party agreement between authorities responsible for the accreditation of tertiary-level engineering qualifications. Graduates of the engineering programs listed below are recognised by the other bodies as meeting the academic qualifications to practice engineering.

Sydney Accord

Much like the Washington Accord, the Sydney Accord outlines the recognition of engineering technology qualifications promoting good practice across the field. Qualifications accredited by each represented signatory are recognised within each jurisdiction. There are currently eleven signatories that make up the Sydney Accord.

Dublin Accord

The Dublin Accord is another international agreement which establishes the educational requirements for engineering technicians. There are currently nine signatories that make up the Dublin Accord.


Related: Top engineering jobs in high demand in New Zealand

Looking for an engineering role in New Zealand? Check out our available engineering roles and start planning your move to New Zealand. Our engineering team boasts extensive recruitment experience across the sector, working closely with multi-disciplined consultancies and contractors. Our goal is to bring the right candidate together with the right company. Make 2020 your year and reach out to one of our recruitment consultants today.


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