Engineering Programme Accreditation

Accreditation is recognition that institutions or programmes have satisfied the requirements set by accrediting bodies. The recognition provides confidence to public, government, employers and sponsors that graduates from the institutions or programmes have the required outcomes for the work they have been prepared for.Accreditation of engineering programmes in Malaysia began in 1957 with the Public Services Department (JPA) conducting it for the purpose of employment in the government service. Later in 1959 the Institution of Engineers Malaysia (IEM) began accreditation of engineering programmes at the bachelor level and it was modeled after the UK’s Institution of Civil Engineers. In 1967 the newly formed Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM), a regulatory body for practice of engineering and together with the IEM were responsible for the accreditation of all engineering programmes at the bachelor level. The BEM is a regulatory body in Malaysia that registers graduates, professional and temporary engineers. The Malaysian Qualification Act that was passed in 2007 acknowledges the responsibility of the professional bodies, such as the BEM, to conduct accreditation of professional programmes. Thus, accreditation of engineering programmes at the bachelor level is under the purview of the BEM through its delegated body the EAC.