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Pathway to become a Professional Engineer in Malaysia

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Students in Malaysia planning to study engineering should understand what it means to become a professional engineer and the pathway.

Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM)

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The Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM) registers graduates and professional engineers under the Registration of Engineers Act 1967 (Revised 2002). The requirement for registration as a graduate engineer is a degree in engineering recognised by the Board. Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM) is the only body certifying Professional Engineers in Malaysia.

This regulatory body for engineering practices in Malaysia was set-up by the Malaysian government under the Registration of Engineers Act (1967) to administer and to enforce the Engineering Act and its provisions to protect public interest.

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Only Graduate Engineers and Professional Engineers registered with the Board of Engineers, Malaysia (BEM) are entitled to practice engineering in Malaysia.  All engineering practitioner MUST register with BEM within 6-months of practice.

A professional engineer (Ir or PEng) is a person who is licensed to practice to practice engineering in Malaysia after meeting all requirements of the  (e.g. pass PI Examination).

Being a Professional Engineer in Malaysia

A Professional Engineer is a person registered under subsection 10(2) of the Registration of Engineers (Amendment) Act 2015.

A Professional Engineer who is registered with the Board may:

  • take up employment which requires him to carry out or perform professional engineering services;
  • be entitled to describe himself or hold himself out under any name, style or title –
    bearing the words “Professional Engineer” or the equivalent thereto in any other language;
  • bearing any other word whatsoever in any language which may reasonably be construed to imply that he is a Professional Engineer; or
  • using the abbreviation “Ir.” before his name or the abbreviation “P.Eng.” after his name or in any way in association with his name;
  • use or display any sign, board, card or other device representing or implying that he is a Professional Engineer;
  • use the stamp as may be determined by the Board.

Requirements to Become a Professional Engineer in Malaysia

Applicant who applies for registration as a Professional Engineer must be a registered Graduate Engineer with BEM.

The applicant must select and satisfy one of the following Route to become a Professional Engineer. Route 1 and 2 shall be done from the date of approval as Graduate Engineer with BEM.

Alternative Route for a Professional Engineer from an overseas Regulatory Body
A Professional Engineer from an overseas Regulatory Body must first register as a Graduate Engineer to ensure that his/her basic degree is “engineering” irrespective of his professional status. Once he/she is registered as a Graduate Engineer with BEM, he/she then shall follow Route 3 of the following Route to become a Professional Engineer.

ROUTE TO BECOME A PROFESSIONAL ENGINEER

Route No. 1
(Professional Assessment Examination, BEM)

Route No. 2
(Corporate Member of IEM)

Route No. 3
(Route for a Professional Engineer from an overseas Regulatory Body)

  • has obtained 3 years practical experience as specified in Regulation 22(1) which shall include the following:
  • at least two years of general training that will provide a sound basis for professional development; and
  • at least one year of professional career development and training providing wide exposure to the various managerial and technical expertise in engineering practice where;
  • at least one year of the above training must be obtained in Malaysia under the supervision of a Professional Engineer in the same branch of engineering as that practised by the Graduate Engineer.
    • Professional Engineers in other related branches of engineering may be accepted with the prior approval of the Board
  • has passed Professional Assessment Examination conducted by the Board;
  • has satisfactorily attended the required courses determined by BEM as follows:
  • Code of Ethics – 12 hours
  • Health & Safety at Works – 12 hours
  • Engineering Management Practices – 12 hours
  • Courses related to graduate’s branch of engineering – 24 hours
  • A Corporate Member of the Institution of Engineers Malaysia (IEM)
  • has complied with the requirements as determined by the Board as follows:
  • has obtained 3 years practical experience as specified in Regulation 22(1) which shall include the following:
  • at least two years of general training that will provide a sound basis for professional development; and
  • at least one year of professional career development and training providing wide exposure to the various managerial and technical expertise in engineering practice where;
  • at least one year of the above training must be obtained in Malaysia under the supervision of a Professional Engineer in the same branch of engineering as that practised by the Graduate Engineer.
    • Professional Engineers in other related branches of engineering may be accepted with the prior approval of the Board
  • has satisfactorily attended the required courses determined by BEM as follows:
  • Code of Ethics – 12 hours
  • Health & Safety at Works – 12 hours
  • Engineering Management Practices – 12 hours
  • Courses related to graduate’s branch of engineering – 24 hours
  • The applicant need not sit and passed the Professional Assessment Examination or be corporate member of IEM.
  • Applicant shall submit to BEM a certified latest Professional Engineer Certificate issued by a Regulatory Body of other country.
  • The professional engineers status shall be check that it is equivalent to BEM’s professional engineer qualifications eligibility.
  • The applicant is not  entitle to be registered as a Professional Engineer if at any time prior to his registration there exist any facts or circumstances which would have entitled the Disciplinary Committee to cancel his registration pursuant to section 15
  • The applicant shall also comply with the requirements as determined by the Board

Procedures for Registration to Become a Professional Engineer in Malaysia

  1. A Graduate Engineer shall submit an application for registration as a Professional Engineer within one year from –

the date he is informed by the Board that he has passed the Professional Assessment Examination as mentioned in regulation 38; or
the date he becomes a corporate member of the Institution of Engineers (Malaysia).

2. If an application period has lapsed, a Graduate Engineer may, within a reasonable time, apply for an extension of time to submit an application for registration as a Professional Engineer to the Board and the Board may extent the time as it thinks fit.

Main Branches of Engineering in Malaysia

A. Chemical D. Mechanical
B. Civil E. Mining
C. Electrical  

Others

1 Aeronautical 23 Industrial
2 Aeronautics 24 Instrumentation and Control
3 Aerospace 25 Manufacturing
4 Agricultural 26 Marine
5. Avionics 27 Maritime
6. Biochemical 28 Materials
7 Biomedical 29 Metallurgical
8 Building 30 Mineral
9 Building Services 31 Mineral Processing
10 Communications 32 Mining
11 Computer 33 Municipal
12 Construction 34 Natural Gas
13 Electromechanical Power 35 Naval Architecture
14 Electronics 36 Nuclear
15 Energy 37 Petroleum
16 Environmental 38 Production
17 Fuel 39 Radio
18 Geological 49 Structural
19 Geotechnical 41 System and Control
20 Health 42 Textile
21 Highway 43 Traffic
22 Hydraulics 44 Transport.
    45 Water Resources

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There are two ways to become a professional engineer in Malaysia:

The registration with Board Engineers Malaysia (BEM) is mandatory as BEM is the regulatory body whereas registration with the Institution of Engineers, Malaysia (IEM) is optional. You are encourage to register with IEM (is a learned society) to keep abreast with latest info on engineering. Registration with IEM can only be done after your registration with BEM has been approved.

Route to Member of Institution of Engineers Malaysia (MIEM) / Professional Engineer (PE)

Route to Member of Institution of Engineers Malaysia (MIEM) / Professional Engineer (PE)

1. Becoming a Professional Engineer in Malaysia Through Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM)

Any person who wants to take up employment as an engineer must be registered as a Graduate engineer with the Board of

The engineering programmes at APU are accredited by BEM and MQA

The engineering programmes at APU are accredited by BEM and MQA

Engineers Malaysia (BEM). BEM recognises the experience gained by an engineering graduate only after he has registered as a Graduate Engineer.

It is paramount important that all engineering graduate register with the Board of Engineers Malaysia immediately after graduation or before they work as engineers.

By sitting for their PAE (Professional Assessment Examination). In order to be able to sit for their PAE you MUST have a minimum of 3 years of working experience. Your 3 years of working experience ONLY STARTS counting after you have registered with the BEM.

Eg. In the year 2016 you have been effectively working for 10 years but you have registered with the BEM only in 2015. That means you only have 1 year of working experience in their clock.

Therefore, all fresh graduates please register with the BEM ASAP after your graduation. It is supposed to be illegal for you to work in the capacity of an engineer without a registration with the BEM.

Practical Experience / Working Experience: Minimum 3 years practical experience (in a branch/discipline approved by BEM) is

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required to be fulfilled by a Graduate Engineer so as to be entitled to apply for registration as a Professional Engineer in future.

You must also complete not less than 30 units (60 hours) of Professional Development Program (PDP) programme by attending technical talks, seminars, society meetings or community services.

Professional Assessment Exam: Having completed/satisfied all the above, you may then apply to sit for Professional Assessment Examination owned by BEM now conducted by IEM on behalf of BEM.

Once you have sat and passed the PAE you will gain your P.Eng and hence, entitled to use the title Ir. (Eg. Ir. Dr. Jason Tan B.Eng(Hons), Phd (Mech), P.Eng)

 

 

Requirements to become a Professional Engineer in Malaysia

Any candidate who applies for registration as a Professional Engineer must:

  • Be registered as a Graduate Engineer with Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM).
  • Have satisfied the training requirements of Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM).
  • Have passed the Professional Assessment Examination (PAE) of BEM or be elected as a Corporate Member of the Institution of Engineers Malaysia (IEM).
  • Have been residing in Malaysia for a period of not less than six months immediately prior to the date of application.

Training Requirements to Become a Professional Engineer in Malaysia

A registered Graduate Engineer is required under Section 10(1)(b) of the Act to obtain practical experience in order to be

Engineering lab at UCSI University

Engineering lab at UCSI University

entitled to sit for the Professional Assessment Examination (PAE) which is a prerequisite to apply for registration as a Professional Engineer.

The candidate shall carry out the practical experience in the following manner as prescribed in Regulation 22(1) of the Registration of Engineers Regulations 1990:

  • The practical experience that a registered Graduate Engineer is required to obtain under section 10 (1) (b) of the Act in order to be entitled to apply for registration as a Professional Engineer shall be carried out in a manner satisfactory to the Board for a period of three years – in the planning, design, execution or management of such works as comprised within the profession of engineering; in engineering research; or
  • in the teaching in a course leading to a qualification in engineering research; or in the teaching in a course leading to a qualification approved by the Board, and at least one Year of such practical experience shall be obtained in Malaysia under the supervision of a registered Profession Engineer of the same discipline or an approved allied discipline and shall be in fields of engineering practice other than in research or teaching.
  • This period of training in a local environment is greatly emphasized by BEM as it is of paramount importance for the
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    prospective Professional Engineers to be familiar with the local conditions and by – laws so that they can comply and practise effectively in Malaysia.

  • Notwithstanding the above, regulation 22(2) stipulates that if the Board is satisfied for sufficient cause or reason, the Board may in any particular case exempt either wholly or partly the requirements as to the practical experience required to be obtained in Malaysia or the requirement as to the supervision by a registered Professional Engineer in Malaysia; provided that the total practical experience to be obtained shall not be less than three years.
  • Where there is no Professional Engineer of the same or allied discipline as the candidate in the organisation in which the candidate is working, he may seek the approval from BEM to obtain a Professional Engineer from outside his organisation to supervise his training.
  • After the candidate has completed the required prescribed training, he may apply to sit for the Professional Assessment Examination conducted by BEM.

2. Becoming at Professional Engineer in Malaysia ThroughInstitution of Engineers, Malaysia (IEM) By sitting for their PI (Professional Interview)

The close co-operation between the Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM) and the Institution of Engineers, Malaysia (IEM) has

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Electrical & Electronic Engineering lab at Asia Pacific University

resulted in the recognition of the M.I.E.M. as satisfying the criteria for P.Eng registration with the regulatory body, Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM)

Before even talking about the PI, a fresh graduate is encouraged to register with the IEM as a graduate engineer. Once you have registered with theInstitution of Engineers, Malaysia (IEM) as a graduate engineer, you are entitled to the title Engr. As simple as that. (Eg. Engr. Dr. Jason Tan B.Eng (Hons), Phd (Mech), GM.I.E.M)

Graduates are required to obtain professional experiences in:-

  • Planning, design, execution or management of engineering works; or 
  • Engineering research or the teaching of engineering.

For Civil Engineering, candidates must obtain professional experiences in:- 

  • Minimum 12 months of site experience 
  • Minimum 12 months of design experience
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For other Engineering candidates must obtain professional experiences in:-

  • For Electrical Engineering
    • Minimum 6 months of site experience
    • Minimum 12 months design experience 
  • For Mechanical Engineering
    • Minimum 12 months site experience
    • Minimum 6 months design experience 
  • Minimum six months of design experience for Electronic & Communication Engineering

At least 3 years before eligible to apply for Corporate Membership of the Institution of Engineers, Malaysia (IEM) and subsequent Professional Engineer registration with theBoard of Engineers Malaysia (BEM). In order to be able to sit for the PI, applicants SHOULD have at least a minimum of 3 years of working experience. It will be virtually impossible to pass the PI if you have less than 3 years of working experience since you will most probably have insufficient materials to be put in your report.

Note: It is not necessary to become a graduate member first before you can sit for the PI and there is no IEM clock that counts your working experience. If you have been working for 10 years, you will then have 10 years of working experience as far as

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the Institution of Engineers, Malaysia (IEM) is concerned.

Once you have sat and passed the PI, you are entitled to use the title Engr. (Same title as the graduate engineer) (Eg. Engr. Dr. Jason Tan B.Eng(Hons), Phd (Mech), M.I.E.M) Once you have your Engr. (M.I.E.M) you can then proceed to top up with the Ir (P.Eng) from Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM).

There are two scenarios:

  1. If you have not registered with the Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM), go register with them and wait three years before getting your P.Eng. You must also complete the 60 hours of BEM mandatory courses known as the PDP.
  2. If you have registered with theBoard of Engineers Malaysia (BEM) and have three years of woking experience according to their clock, you can get your P.Eng. immediately. You must also complete the 60 hours of BEM mandatory courses known as the PDP.

Once you have achieved 1 and 2, you will have the privilege to use the titles: Eg. Ir. Dr. Jason Tan B.Eng (Hons), Phd (Mech), P.Eng, M.I.E.M

Grade Requirements Procedure
Student
  • shall be a person who is not less than 17 years of age
  • pursuing a course leading to the award of an engineering degree or diploma or equivalent
  • Candidate enrolled for Part I or Part II of the IEM /BEM Graduate Examination or Examination of an overseas professional institution recognised by the Council
  • Submit application form IEM(S) and
  • Letter from Vice-Chancellor or Head of Department (local university only) or
  • Approval letter to sit for IEM/BEM Graduate Examination/Engineering Council Examination
Associate
  • Candidate shall produce evidence to the satisfaction of the Council that he has obtained a recognised diploma in engineering from a polytechnic/college, or has obtained equivalent qualification
  • Submit application form IEM Associate Member
  • Diploma certificate and transcripts
Affiliate
  • Candidate shall produce evidence to the satisfaction of the Council that he is connected with the engineering profession, and
  • That he is a graduate in the applied sciences from a university / college of recognised standing and has been in the active practice of his special field for not less than five years or
  • That he has been in active practice of his special pursuit for not less than ten years, and he has held responsible position for not less than three years
  • Submit application form IEM Affiliate  Member
  • Degree certificate and transcripts
  • Evidence of working experience
Incorporated
  • Candidate shall produce evidence to the satisfaction of the Council that he is a graduate with an engineering degree which is not on The Institution’s Accredited List or that he has undertaken a graduate engineering course but has not yet qualified for admission as a Graduate Member or as a Student Member
  • Submit application form IEM Incorporated Member
  • Degree certificate and transcripts
  • Certificates from overseas universities issued in foreign languages must be accompanied by translation from University Registrar/Embassy Officials
Graduate
  • A candidate for admission or transfer into this grade shall be not less than 18 years of age and shall produce evidence to the satisfaction of the IEM Council
  • That he has graduated with an accredited engineering degree or has obtained an equivalent qualification approved by the Council
For applicant who are above 30 years old and have had not less than eight (8) years experience and holding a senior position, kindly proceed to apply for the grade of Companion.
 
  • Submit application form IEM (G)
  • Degree certificates together with transcripts
  • Certificates from overseas universities issued in foreign languages must be accompanied by translation from University Registrar/Embassy Officials
  • Evidence to show discipline/branch of engineering if the information is not in certificate
Companion
  • A candidate for admission or transfer into this grade shall produce evidence to the satisfaction of the Council:-
  • (a) that he has graduated with an accredited engineering degree or has obtained an equivalent qualification approved by the Council, and
  • (b) that he has not less than 8 years experience or exposure in the field of engineering and holding a senior position; and
  • (c) he is required to submit his curriculum vitae/biodata and report of working experience or exposure to engineering.
  • Submit application form IEM/ Companion
  • Degree certificate and academic transcripts(admission candidate only)
  • BEM Graduate Engineer certificate/letter (admission applicant- for IEM record)
  • 1 copy of Training and Experience Report/curriculum vitae (CV)  (for both admission & transfer applicant)
Member
  • A candidate for election into this grade shall produce evidence to the satisfaction of the Council that he is worthy of election and
  • That he has a graduate qualification as approved by the Council and
  • Is a graduate engineer for a minimum period of three years
  • Preferably the candidate must be working under the guidance of a Professional Engineer for a minimum of three years
  • Having practical experience in engineering in a manner satisfactory to the Council i.e in planning, design, executive or management of such works as are comprised within the profession of engineering, or in engineering research, or the teaching of engineering in a course leading to a qualification
  • Refer the Professional Interview Guidelines for information (Professional Interview Guidelines)
  • Candidates applying to sit for the Professional Interview (PI) for IEM Corporate Membership from 1 September 2012 onwards are required to submit a  copy of the Training and Experience Report together with their application for the PI
  • Submit application form IEM/PI (1) and IEM/PI (2)
  • BEM Registration Letter/Certificate as a Graduate Engineer (Election cases)
  • Degree certificates together with transcripts
  • Certificates from overseas universities issued in foreign languages must be accompanied by translation from University Registrar/Embassy Officials
  • Evidence to show discipline/branch of engineering if the information is not in certificate
  • Payment of PI fees:-
    Inclusive of 6% GST
    – RM 159.00 (Graduate member)
    – RM 212.00 (Non-graduate member)
  • Form completed with signatures of  1 Proposer and 1Seconder (Members of IEM)
  • Experience clearly tabulated after the date of graduation and breakdown of experience recorded in months
  • Signatures of 2 engineers to verify experience on the Practical and Training section of the form
  • For Civil Engineering candidates, at least 1 year site and 1 year design experience are required
  • Form IEM/PI (2) to be submitted when called for Interview
  • Name will be circulated in IEM Bulletin for a month
Senior
  • Admission to the grade of Senior Member shall be by transfer from the grade of Member
  • A candidate for transfer into this grade shall produce evidence to the satisfaction of the Council:-
  • (a) that he has been a Member of the Institution for more than 10 years, or
  • (b) that he has not less than 15 years working as an engineer and has been a Member of the Institution for not less than 3 years
  • Submit application form IEM/ Senior
  • 1 copy of Training and Experience Report/curriculum vitae (CV)
Fellow
  • Entering this grade shall be only by transfer from the grade of Member
  • A member for transfer must not be less than 35 years of age and
  • who have served as Member of IEM of not less than 5 years employment in position of major responsibility in planning, design, execution or management of important engineering work
  • who has occupied a prominent position in the profession of engineering, and has either made noteworthy contribution to the science of engineering or materially advanced the practice of engineering
  • Submit the IEM Form (F) together with Organization chart
  • Position served to be highlighted
  • Signatories of 6 engineers of which 4 are Corporate Members and 2 are Fellow Members of IEM
  • Brief tabulation of experience

 

What is the Institution of Engineers, Malaysia (IEM)?

The Institution of Engineers, Malaysia (IEM) is a professional learned society. It was formed in 1959 and was admitted a

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Mechatronics Engineering Lab at Asia Pacific University

member of the Commonwealth Engineers Council in 1962. The Institution is a qualifying body for professional engineers in Malaysia.

The Corporate member of the Institution can apply to the Board of Engineers, Malaysia (which is a registration body) for registration as a Professional Engineer, which will entitle him to set up practice. The qualification standards are determined by the Council of the Institution.

The Institution is one of the few professional engineering institutions in the world, which represents all disciplines of the profession, and is thus able to take a broad view of the professional scene.

BEM (Board of Engineers, Malaysia) is different from IEM. BEM is a government body that regulates the registration of engineers in Malaysia while IEM is a professional Body or Learned Society for engineers.
Note:

  1. If you have to approve or/and submit layouts/designs to the approving authortity, P.Eng is mandatory. But if you are working in the manufacturing sector for instance, you can opt just for the M.I.E.M. Getting either/both the P.Eng or the M.I.E.M is a great personal satisfaction if you ask me and they look absolutely fabulous on your resume.
  2. Once you get your P.Eng from BEM, you will have to renew your “license” every year in order to be able to continue to use the title Ir. Before you can renew your license, you must complete 40 hours (I may be wrong) of CPD (Continuous Professional Development) .

Can I still find work with a 3-year engineering degree?

Yes, you can still work as an engineer with a 3-year engineering degree. All UK degrees are 3 years in duration and therefore not accredited by BEM. If you want to become a professional engineer, then you just need to go for the M.Eng.

Generally, becoming a professional engineer is important for Civil Engineers as they need to sign and seal blueprints for the buildings. Other engineering fields do not need to do this so it is up to each individual’s career goals whether to pursue becoming a professional engineer status or not.

Why become a professional engineer in Malaysia?

  1. If you ever want or need to become a consulting, engineer, you must be
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    UCSI University engineering students have a 2-month internship for every year of their studies.

    licensed as an Ir or P.Eng.

  2. Only a Ir/P.Eng. can sign and seal engineering documents that are engineering documents that are submitted to a public authority or for public and private clients.
  3. Many companies encourage licensure and some even pay a bonus for becoming a P.Eng.
  4. In education, more universities are requiring a Ir/P.Eng. license to lecture in the engineering faculty or for holding certain positions.
  5. In some industries such as utilities, and government positions, a P.Eng. is required for specified jobs or positions.
  6. With the engineering profession now operating in an international environment, licensing may be required to work in or for other countries. You will be prepared in the event your career moves in this direction (e.g. APEC Engineers, EMF Int. Engineer Register, Washington Accord)

What is the Engineering Accreditation Council in Malaysia?

Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM) has a duty to ensure that the quality of engineering education/programme of its registered

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Final Year Engineering Students’ Projects at Curtin University Sarawak

engineers attains the minimum standard comparable to global practice.

The objective of accreditation is to ensure that graduates of the accredited engineering programmes satisfy the minimum academic requirements for registration as a graduate engineer with:

  1. the Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM), and
  2. for admission to graduate membership of Institution of Engineers Malaysia (IEM)

Hence the necessity to accredit engineering programmes conducted in the public & private universities and colleges in Malaysia. The Engineering Accreditation Council (EAC) is the body appointed by Board of Engineers Malaysia for accreditation of engineering degrees in Malaysia.

The EAC is made of representatives of:

  • Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM)
  • The Institution of Engineers, Malaysia (IEM)
  • Malaysian Qualification Agency (MQA)
  • Public Services Department (Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam Malaysia (JPA)

The Washington Accord

The Washington Accord is a multinational agreement signed in 1989, which recognises the substantial equivalency of

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School of Engineering & Science at Curtin University Sarawak

engineering degree programmes accredited by the responsible bodies in each of the signatory countries.

Washington Accord is an agreement among the engineering quality assurance organisations of several nations that recognises the substantial equivalency of programs accredited by those organisations.

The agreement paves the way for mutual recognition of accredited programmes, establishing the notion that graduates have met the academic requirements for entry to the practice of engineering in any signatory country. 

Signatories have full rights of participation in the Accord; qualifications accredited or recognised by other signatories are recognised by each signatory as being substantially equivalent to accredited or recognised qualifications within its own jurisdiction.

Admission to the Accord is more importantly an endorsement that the engineering education system of the member nation has demonstrated a strong, longterm commitment to quality assurance in producing engineers ready for industry practice in the international scene.

As a Washington Accord signatory, Malaysia’s degrees that have been accredited by Engineering Accreditation Council (EAC)

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will be accepted by other Washington Accord signatories.

This means that students who study in universities with engineering degrees that are accredited by MQA and Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM) such as Curtin University SarawakUCSI University and Asia Pacific University may find work in other countries that have signed the Washington Accord.

Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM) uses as a guide the list for Professional/Chartered Engineer by the accreditation organisations of the country where the degree is issued.

Candidates are advised to check with the relevant Engineering Accreditation bodies’ web site for the list recognised degrees of professional chartered level.

However, Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM) reserves the right to review the list at any time without notice.

The recognition of engineering degree from overseas (full time/twinning) will be based on the accreditation given by professional bodies who are signatories of Washington Accord:

Country / Jurisdiction

Professional Body

Website 

United Kingdom The Engineering Council (EC) www.engc.org.uk
United States Accreditation Board for Engineering Technology, US www.abet.org
New Zealand The Institution of Professional Engineers, New Zealand www.ipenz.org.nz
Australia The Institution of Engineers, Australia www.ieaust.org.au
Canada Canadian Council of Professional Engineers, Canada www.ccpe.ca
Ireland Institution of Engineers of Ireland www.iei.ie
South Africa Engineering Council of South Africa www.ecsa.co.za 
Hong Kong The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers; www.hkie.org.hk
Japan Japan Accreditation Board for Engineering Education www.jabee.org
South Korea Accreditation Board for Engineering Education of Korea www.abeek.or.kr 
Singapore Institution of Engineers Singapore www.ies.org.sg
Chinese Taipei Institute of Engineering Education Taiwan www.ieet.org.tw

Engineering Degree from these countries will be considered on case to case basis:

Country / Jurisdiction

Engineering Accreditation Body

Website 

France Commission des Titres d’Ingénieur www.cti-commission.fr
European Countries European Federation of National Engineering Association (FEANI) www.feani.org 

The Path to be a Professional Engineer in Malaysia after completing a 4-Year Engineering Degree

The recognized academic qualification for registration as a Graduate Engineer with BEM includes the as a Graduate Graduate

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Engineer Engineer with the Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM) includes includes the following:

  • An engineering degree accredited/recognized by the Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM) available in an approved list maintained by BEM
  • A pass in Part I & part II of the Engineering Council Examination of United Kingdom or Part I & Part II of the IEM/BEM Graduate Examination in any particular branch for qualifications that is not branch for qualifications qualifications that is not accredited/recognized by BEM/IEM.
  • An engineer who has just graduated with a recognised qualification must register with the Board of Engineers Malaysia. He/she can then start to obtain the necessary training and experience, normally four years, before he/she can attempt to sit for the Professional Interview, an exam to qualify Graduate Members of IEM to be transferred to Corporate Members. Corporate Members of Institution of Engineers, Malaysia (IEM) can then apply to upgrade their status to P.Eng. with the Board of Engineers Malaysia.

After graduation, an engineer needs to register with Board of Engineers Malaysia to be a graduate engineer. After a few years of practical experience (supervised by a professional engineer), the graduate engineer can apply to sit for Professional Interview (with IEM). If he/she passes the Interview, he/she can apply to Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM) to be a Professional Engineer that entitles him/her to use the title Ir.

  • Engineers Act 1967 requires every engineer to be registered with the Board of Engineers, Malaysia (BEM).
  • Graduates from recognised degree programmes shall be registered as Graduate Engineer to work as an engineer.
  • Practical training of more than 3 years is required for application to sit for Professional Interview (PI).
  • A PI candidate will be required to show that he can apply theory in engineering projects, and has acquired the skills of investigation, planning, and design.
  • Upon passing the PI, the candidate can then apply to BEM for registration as a Professional Engineer.

Frequently Asked Questions about Board of Engineering Malaysia (BEM)

1. What is accreditation?

Mechanical Engineering lab at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia

Mechanical Engineering lab at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia

 

Engineering Accreditation Council (EAC) accreditation is to ensure that graduates of the accredited engineering programmes satisfy the minimum academic requirements for registration as a graduate engineer with the Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM) and for admission to graduate membership of IEM.

  1. Why the Engineering Accreditation Council (EAC) Accreditation is important?
  • Accreditation helps students and their parents to choose quality college programmes.
  • Accreditation enables employers to recruit graduates they know are well-prepared.
  • Accreditation gives colleges and universities a structured mechanism to assess,
  • evaluate, and improve the quality of their programs.

3. Is it true that BEM do not recognize three (3) year degree programmes and only four (4) year programmes are recognized?

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Excellent engineering facilities are housed in UCSI University’s North Wing campus

All institutions of higher learning in Malaysia have been informed since 2000 that no engineering programmes with 3 years duration of study would be acceptable for BEM’s recognition or accreditation.

Only a four year (or more) programme is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Council (EAC).

The Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM) however provides a pathway for unrecognized engineering degree holders, but they would only be considered upon completing a top up Master programmes (taught mode) in related engineering discipline, on a case to case basis. It must be noted that the 3 year programme will still remain as unrecognized despite the holder having achieved the Master degree.

All Un-Recognized Engineering Degree must do a Top-Up in order to make their degree acceptable by BEM. The Top-Up can be in the form of a “Master Degree” in Engineering by Coursework. An Un-Recognized engineering degree can join IEM as an Incorporated Member

4. What is the requirement to register with BEM as Graduate Engineer and how can I apply?

The main requirement to register with BEM as Graduate Engineer is that the person must graduate from a recognized /

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accredited degree by the BEM. The list of accredited degree for local IHL is provided in the EAC and BEM website. Please visit the http://www.eac.org.my and http://www.bem.org.my. You can make an application to register as Graduate Engineer by filling up the Borang A at the BEM website. The procedures for the application is stated in the Borang A.

5. Does Board of Engineers Malaysia recognize degrees obtained via online?

Presently, the BEM does not recognized nor accredit any distance learning programme.

6. If a person has recently graduated with (2+2)/ 3+0 twinning programme BEng (Hons) and also a 1 year Master in engineering (coursework) from the same local Malaysian college, will he be allowed to register with BEM?

Provided the twinning programme fulfils the residential requirement in the UK (2 years) and the degree is recognised by ECUK as partially fulfilling the Chartered Engineers (CEng) requirement. Master by coursework in a related discipline is still required for registration.

Note: EAC does not accredit twinning programmes. Only registration with the Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM) requires graduates to have an accredited degree from EAC or recognised by EAC. For twinning programmes of UK, the residential requirement of 2 years in the UK is necessary. It must be an MEng 4 year programme accredited by ECUK.

7. If a student enrolled in any accredited programme, but later on during the programme the accreditation status is withdrawn, then what will be the status of the degree that the student has obtained?

Accreditation with the Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM) is voluntary. However, MQA requires all programmes in Malaysia to be accredited. If it happens that the programme is not accredited, there is not much recourse except the graduate may sue the University for not maintaining the standard to such an extent that accreditation is withdrawn. That is why it is the best that you look for universities with good track record.

8. What is Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM)’s Policy on Recognition for Overseas Programme?

  • If the country is a signatory member of the Washington Accord, Engineering Accreditation Council (EAC) will recognise the engineering programme based upon the recognition given by the accrediting body of that particular country.
  • If the country is a provisional member of the Washington Accord,Engineering Accreditation Council (EAC) will recognise the engineering degree programme on a case by case basis based upon the recognition given by the accrediting body of that particular country.

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  1. HI , currently i taking BEng in Mechanical Engineering. After finish my 3 years degree, i planing to take Master in Engineering Management in SIngapore. Does BEM recognized as professional engineer ? Because my master is in different field. Please Reply me

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  2. Mitchell Zhen Hao LIM

    So basically I am about to finish my 3-year BEng Aerospace Engineering here in UK, will I be able to get a job in most companies (private or government) ?

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  3. I intend to study ‘Bachelor of Engineering in New Energy Science and Engineering’ 4 yrs at Xiamen University Malaysia but there’s a note at their brochure stated – the degree is not among the fields of engineering in the register of the Board of Engineers Malaysia. Can I still work as an engineer in Malaysia when graduated? What are the related jobs in this degree course in Malaysia. Thank you.

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    • You should ask Xiamen University staff about this. You already stated the answer, you cannot become a Professional Engineer in Malaysia. I have never heard of such a degree. If you are interested only in this course because of the attractive scholarships then go ahead.

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  4. Which is the best university to pursue in computer engineering that is accredited in Malaysia ?

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  5. What is the job opportunities for chemical engineering degree in malaysia? What type of industries will hire chemical degree graduates

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  6. I’m currently pursuing computer engineering which is 4 years course. But it is still not accredited by BEM. I can still work as an engineer? The established companies will still accept me right?
    Thank you.

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  7. If im doing a 3 year program in chemical engineering, will i still be able to find a job in malaysia? Will big companies accept my degree?

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  8. May I know BEM recognized 3year program for civil engineering offered by local and UK?

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