FAQ

FAQ

1.

What is the function of APEC/IntPE?
The APEC /IntPE International Professional Engineer Registers aim to serve as benchmark as well as to reduce barriers and ease the process for engineers to gain access to work and practise in other economies. Engineers in the two Registers shall have their competence recognized by APEC and all other international member countries/economies.The intent of the APEC Engineer Register is to recognize equivalencies in the qualifications and experience of practicing professional engineers in the participating economies and to facilitate trade in engineering services between those participating economies.It is anticipated that engineers registered in the APEC Engineer Register will be granted a high degree of mutual exemption from further assessment when practicing in any of the participating economies.

2.

Is APEC and IntPE the same?
The IntPE International Engineer Register is essentially the same as the APEC Engineer Register. IntPE is a benchmark register to include all economies of the world that share the same objectives. It was the initiative of Engineers Mobility Forum (IntPE), originally mooted by member countries of the Washington Accord signatories. While an APEC is a person who is recognize as a professional engineer, within the APEC economy, and who has satisfied the requirement of an authorized body in that economy, operating in accordance with the criteria and procedures approved by the APEC Engineer Coordinating Committee.

3.

How do I apply to become an APEC/IntPE Member?
What kind of material do I need to submit?
You may contact IEM Secretariat for the form/booklet to be send to you or download the form from the website at www.iem.org.my. After which following the instruction printed.

4.

How long does the application process take?
What is the 2008 APEC/IntPE assessment/appointment schedule?
Applicants can submit applications at any time.  The timing depends on the date of submission and whether application is in the time for the Membership Application Board meeting that processes the application.The processing takes approximately 2 months at the latest or 1 month at the fastest. Eg.

Submit on 1st March
Processing by 6th March
Approval Meeting 15th March
Endorsement Meeting 27th March

If the application is submitted after the 1st Meeting the approval needs to wait for the next meeting.

5.

Can I apply this application through other APEC Country?
No. Only IEM process application for Malaysia. If you are a foreigner, you need to apply through the relevant country concerned.

6.

Can I apply through the website?
Yes refer to item 3.

7.

What are the prerequisite?
The qualifications required for IntPE are:-

  • reached an overall of academic achievement at the point of entry to the register in question which is substantially equivalent to that of a graduate holding an engineering degree accredited by an organization holding the full membership of, and acting in accordance with the terms of, the Washington Accord; and
  • be assessed within their own economy as eligible for independent practice; and
  • gained a minimum of seven(7) years practical experience since graduation; and
  • spent at least two (2) years in responsible charge of significant engineering work; and
  • maintained their continuing professional development at a satisfactory level.

The qualifications required for APEC are:-

  • completed an accredited or recognized engineering program, or assessed recognized equivalent; and
  • been assessed within his or her own economy as eligible for independent practice; and
  • gained a minimum of seven (7) years practical experience since graduation; and
  • spent at least two (2) years in responsible charge of significant engineering work; and
  • maintained his or her continuing professional development at a satisfactory level.

8.

What are the benefits for me to apply these Registers ?
What are the advatanges?
Engineers in these Registers shall have their competence recognized by APEC and International member countries/economies.  This is in particular beneficial to engineering firms that are providing services to other APEC and International member countries/economies.  They also add value to individuals who may wish at some stage to work in the APEC and International member economies. The Registers quality mark offers registrants a number of benefits which include:

  1. Peer recognition for having attained competence as a professional engineer
  2. Independent validation of current competence (somewhat like a ‘health check’ or ‘warrant of fitness check’)
  3. Enhanced employment prospects, as APEC/IntPE is increasingly used by employers as a benchmark for recruitment and professional development
  4. Enhanced career opportunities, as companies overseas and foreign institution use APEC/IntPE as a quality standard for clients (e.g. on tender documents)
  5. The right to undertake certain work that is restricted by Government regulatory requirements
  6. Access to other work that may be restricted by local and regional authorities

9.

The discount fee is valid until when?
Until 2008 December. Any changes will be announced.

10.

How do I do the CPD Hours?
Please use the BEM format.

11.

Number of years experience to be APEC and IntPE or any special type of experience required?
Refer to item 7

12.

When was Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation or APEC established ?
APEC began as an informal dialogue group in 1989, but has since become the premier forum for facilitating economic growth , co-operation, trade and investment in the Asia – Pacific region. In 1993, an APEC Secretariat was established in Singapore to support the activities of the forum.

13.

Can I apply if I live overseas ?
Yes you certainly can but you may need to demonstrate current competence in the Malaysian  context ie knowledge and application of Malaysian Acts, Bylaws, regulations and practices. If you have been overseas for a period of time then it may be easier for you to provide us with your experiences of 7 years of which you must have spent at least (2) years in responsible charge of significant engineering work; and maintained  continuing professional development at a satisfactory level. Not forgetting that you must still be a member of the IEM and a P.Eng.

14.

I am an experienced engineer who recently moved to Malaysia from overseas.
How many years experience do I need in Malaysia before applying ?
You would need to register with the IEM as a MIEM (Corporate Member of The Institution of Engineers, Malaysia) and also with the BEM under the registration for exemption to practice engineering in the country. This condition is provided you are not a Malaysian. However if you are a Malaysian, then you would need to register with the IEM and BEM before submitting your experiences etc for the consideration of registering into these Register.

15.

I am a member of or registered with an engineering body with another country. Is there a mutual exemption Agreement ?
We are sorry to inform you that there is no reciprocal recognition of qualification at the moment.

16.

What are APEC’s main goals ?
Key to achieving APEC’s vision are what are referred to as the “Bogor Goals” of free and open trade and investment in he Asia-Pacific by 2010 for developed economies and 2020 for developing economies. These goals were agreed by APEC Economic Leaders in Bogor, Indonesia in 1994.To achieve these goals APEC Member Economies developed a framework in Osaka, Japan in 1995, which set out three key areas of co-operation. Sometimes known as the “Three Pillars” of APEC, these are the areas of Trade and investment Liberalisation, Business Facilitation and Economic and technical Co-operation.

17.

Who are the members of APEC ?
APEC has 21 members referred to as Member Economies. The term Member Economies is used because the APEC co-operative process is predominately concerned with the trade and economic issues, with members engaging with one another as economic entites.APEC’s 21 Member Economies are :

Australia Brunei Darussalam
Canada Chile
People’s Republic of China Hong Kong
China Indonesia
Japan Republic Korea
Malaysia Mexico
New Zealand Papua New Guinea
Peru The Republic of the Philippines
The Russian Federation Singapore
Chinese Taipei Thailand
United States of America Vietnam

18.

How does APEC differ from the World Trade Organisation (WTO?)
APEC and the WTO are complementary in that both are working towards the same goals of free and open trade and investment across borders.APEC is the only inter governmental grouping in the world operating on the basis of non-binding commitments, open dialogue and equal respect for the views of all participants. Unlike the WTO or other multilateral trade bodies, APEC has no treaty obligations required of its participants. Decisions made within APEC are reached by consensus and commitments are undertaken on a voluntary basis.

19.

Who sets the APEC agenda and work plan?
APEC operates with the consent of the Economic Leaders and Ministers of APEC Member Economies who meet throughout the year to chart the future of trade and investment cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region. At the highest level, the leaders of APEC Member Economies are the custodians and guardians of the APEC process.At the Economic Leaders’ Meeting that is held at the end of each APEC year, a declaration is issued which lays out the priorities for APEC over the following year. Ministers representing various portfolios, Senior Officials and members of various APEC forums meet throughout the year to launch new initiatives, track the progress of existing programmes and implement directives from the leaders.

20.

What are the benefits of being an APEC member?
Why should I get APEC ?
APEC Member Economies benefit from being a part of APEC at many levels. At a multilateral level APEC brings together the views of 21 Member Economies, the business community and other parties to attend to issues that impact on the Asia-Pacific region. APEC is a meeting place of ideas, concerns and plans for the future growth of the region.For developing economies APEC provides additional benefits in areas such as the development of procedures, policy frameworks and systems to deal with contemporary issues. These issues range from transparency and governance to financial sector reform and customs procedures. There are numerous APEC forums, working group meetings and seminars throughout the year in which personnel from developing economies have the opportunity to learn news skills and best practices from other economies.Developing economies also have the opportunity to help set APEC’s agenda and have as much say as some of the largest economies in the world.For businesses from APEC Member Economies, the most obvious benefits are the reduction in barriers and impediments to trade across borders.

21.

What is the status of the moratorium on APEC membership?
In 1997 a moratorium on membership was put in place for a ten-year period. At the end of 2007 the moratorium was extended to 2010.

22.

What is APEC’s annual budget?
APEC is not a donor organisation. Instead, APEC activities are centrally funded by small annual contributions from APEC Member Economies – since 1999 these have totalled US$3.38 million each year. These contributions are used to fund a small Secretariat in Singapore and various projects which support APEC’s economic and trade goals.Since 1997 Japan has provided additional funds for projects (between US$2.7 and 4.2 million annually, depending on amount and exchange rates) which support APEC’s trade and investment liberalisation and facilitation goals.

23.

How much of the world’s trade takes place in the APEC region?
The 21 APEC Member Economies collectively account for more than half of the world’s total Gross Domestic Product; this was a total of US$19.293 trillion for all APEC economies in 2001. APEC economies also account for over 47 percent of total world trade.
A more complete breakdown of these figures as they relate to each APEC economy is available in the APEC website

24.

Who works at the APEC Secretariat?
Based in Singapore, the APEC Secretariat is staffed by 23 seconded staff from Member Economies and an additional 27 staff employed directly by the Secretariat to fulfill specialist and support functions.The senior officers at the APEC Secretariat are the Executive Director and the Deputy Executive Director. These two positions are filled by a diplomatic representative of the current APEC host economy and a representative of the economy that will host APEC in the following year.The APEC Secretariat is housed in a building funded by the Government of Singapore that is located on the grounds of the National University of Singapore.

25.

How is the SOM Chair appointed?
Each year one APEC economy plays host to the most senior APEC events including the annual Leaders’ Meeting, Ministerial Meetings, Senior Officials Meetings and a number of other events. As the host economy of an APEC year, that economy nominates a Chair to preside over these meetings.

26.

Employment opportunities
From time to time APEC has employment openings for any of the range of positions that are currently filled at the APEC Secretariat. These positions range from secretarial and support positions to specialist positions ranging from information technology, to document management and communications.These positions are usually advertised on the APEC Website.

27.

Who participates in APEC events?
Four categories have been developed for participation in APEC Working Group activities. These are -

  • the 21 APEC Member Economies,
  • the APEC Secretariat ,
  • APEC observers – the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Secretariat, the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC) and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIF), and
  • guest participants to the APEC process include a diverse range of participants from the public and private sectors.

28.

How can I participate in APEC events?
APEC actively involves key stakeholders from the business sector, industry, academia, policy and research institutions, and interest groups within the community in the APEC process. More specifically APEC welcomes participation that -

  • Facilitates the attainment of APEC goals through appropriate partnerships,
  • Strengthens the quality of APEC’s work by drawing on relevant insight and expertise, and
  • Strengthens understanding and support for APEC’s goals through openness, transparency and a broad-based partnership that seeks multiple perspectives from the community.

In general, non-member economies, organisations, business/private sector representatives, academic bodies and other experts may apply or be invited to APEC activities subject to guidelines. Find out more in theStakeholder Participation section of this website.

29.

APEC Media Mailing List
The APEC Secretariat distributes public information such as media releases and speeches to an extensive list of media contacts around the world. Officials from governments, the business sector and members of the public are also invited to place their contact details in the APEC distribution list. To receive the latest APEC media information send an e-mail with the words “Media List” in the subject line to: media@apec.org

30.

How many hours will it take to put together my application?
This will vary, but you can make it easier for yourself by maintaining records of your work history (e.g. have an up to date CV or have been recording your work history on-line) and your CPD records.If you have got your CV and CPD records up to date, it should take no longer than a day to complete a self assessment against the standard and expand your CV or work history record to include more detail on key projects or activities to align it with each of the 12 elements of the competence standard.

31.

 I work in a fairly specialised field or I work in a provincial area and have limited access to CPD activities.  How do I deal with this?
Engineers are under an ethical and professional obligation to remain current in their practice area.CPD can take many forms and, if you are working in a specialised or developing area, may include such things as research as part of developing a solution to a problem that you have not faced previously.If technical isolation is an issue, particularly in disciplines where the rate of technological change is relatively rapid, then it may be necessary to look at web based resources, subscribe to international journals or attend national or international conferences.It is also important to recognise that CPD should address not only technical competence, but professional practice skills (e.g. project management, financial management, ethics, inter personal skills etc) for which short course opportunities are likely to be more readily available throughout the country.Another means is to attend the evening talks function and also serve as volunteer in the IEM to gain the CPD points.

32.

My work conditions are confidential.  How do I get around this in submitting my evidence portfolio?
Generally assessors do not need a high level of detail on confidential information – they need sufficient evidence to be satisfied that the applicant is able to practice competently as a professional engineer.  We would expect that this could be demonstrated by documentation that describes the nature of your work and its complexities without disclosing confidential detail about solutions or business processes.All assessors are required to sign confidentiality clauses and, as part of the panel selection process, we check with both the applicant and prospective assessors to confirm that there is no conflict of interest.While first time applicants are required to provide work samples as part of their portfolio, often the above confidentiality arrangements will give an employer sufficient comfort to allow work samples to be released.  Alternatively, it may be that you are not able to provide details of current work, but your employer may be comfortable with you providing work samples relating to earlier projects that have been completed and are now in the public domain.
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