Canada and Australia Increase International Opportunities for Professional Engineers



    OTTAWA, Oct. 5 /CNW Telbec/ - Engineers Canada signed a mutual
recognition agreement with Engineers Australia during a ceremony held
yesterday in Ottawa. The Agreement enhances the international mobility of
professional engineers by streamlining mutual recognition of engineering
qualifications and licensing arrangements to work on projects in both
countries.
    For Canadian professional engineers who desire to work in Australia, the
Agreement allows Canada's professional engineering designation, the P.Eng., to
be seen as equivalent to the Australian Chartered Professional Engineer
designation, the CPEng. Likewise, the Agreement will allow Australian
engineers to become licensed in Canadian jurisdictions, thus enhancing the
immigration of internationally educated engineering graduates. Registration
will also be facilitated through the terms of the Agreement.
    "This agreement marks a significant event in both countries' engineering
histories," said Marie Lemay, P.Eng., ing., Chief Executive Officer of
Engineers Canada. "Like Engineers Canada, it is clear that Engineers Australia
aims to achieve a high standard of excellence in the profession. The agreement
signed today will advance opportunities of mobility for Canadian and
Australian engineers, assist in overcoming skills shortages, and I am
confident that it will also facilitate the increased sharing of knowledge and
ideas between our two countries."
    "The mutual recognition agreement is indicative of the strong
relationship between our two countries", said Eric van der Wal, Australian
Acting High Commissioner to Canada. "Agreements of this kind will assist
engineers in both countries in broadening their experiences, and are a welcome
contribution to the growing number of cooperation agreements between Canada
and Australia. I congratulate Engineers Canada and Engineers Australia on
taking the lead in this important area."
    Also participating in the ceremony were Richard Lecoq, Director General,
Business Sectors Bureau and International Business Opportunities Centre, Trade
Commissioner Service for the Government of Canada, as well as Peter Taylor,
CPEng, Chief Executive, and Rolfe Hartley, CPEng, National President of
Engineers Australia.
    The Agreement has been developed due in part to financial support from
the Government of Canada, through the Program for Export Market Development of
the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. It will take effect
once it has been ratified by Engineers Canada's constituent members: the 12
provincial and territorial associations/ordre that regulate the practice of
engineering in Canada.

    Engineers Canada is the national organization of the 12 provincial and
territorial associations/ordre that regulate the practice of engineering in
Canada and license the country's more than 160,000 professional engineers.
    Engineers Canada is the business name of the Canadian Council of
Professional Engineers.




For further information:

For further information: Marc Bourgeois, Director, Communications,
Engineers Canada, (613) 232-2474, ext. 238, marc.bourgeois@engineerscanada.ca;
Marie Carter, Director, Professional & International Affairs, Engineers
Canada, (613) 232-2474, ext. 245, marie.carter@engineerscanada.ca

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