Automatic recognition for engineers in Europe


Over 60 European Experts from Ministries and Engineering Organisations discussed the possible approach for Common Training Principles for Engineers that was presented by ECEC SG Klaus Thürriedl. It is based on the findings of the preliminary results of the survey on five focus groups of engineering professions that the ECEC conducted on behalf of the European Commission:

• There is a very good support for CTP for Engineers among the competent authorities that  answered the questionnaires and a majority of them – as well as a clear  majority  of the responding engineering organisations would prefer an Common Training Framework approach

• in all four professional groups the professions are organised in different professional forms (difference e.g. in educational requirements for the access to the profession, in scope of services, in authorizations etc) or levels in at least half of the countries

• a majority of the professions require at least EQF level 6 or 7 as academic education for professional access. Geodetic Surveyors have the highest requirements

• a majority between of professions require professional practise for the access to the profession. Exception is the profession of Mechanical and Industrial Engineers with only 43 %

• entrance exams are a requirement for professional access in a majority of the professions only for Geodetic Surveyors and  Electrotechnology Engineers

• a very high majority of academic engineering education programs for the focus professions end with EQF Levels 6, 7 or higher

• in a majority of professions academic educational requirements for the access to the profession cannot be compensated


The pre-draft proposal contains a two or three level approach that is mainly based on Bologna first/second cycle + practice or examination requirements. It was discussed in three working groups. The collected comments and concerns will now be studied for a revisal of the proposal. The pre-draft proposal, that will now be revised in will then go into a broad stakeholder consultation at the beginning of September. 



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