Engineering Accreditation. Deborah Wolfe, P.Eng. July 18, 2008. Today’s Presentation. Introduction Collaboration between Canada and Costa Rica Engineering for the Americas Caribbean Project Questions. Engineers Canada. Federation of 12 provincial and territorial engineering regulators
Deborah Wolfe, P.Eng.
July 18, 2008
CFIA and the School of Engineering of the University of Costa Rica (UCR), organized the first Pan American Symposium on the evaluation and accreditation of the engineering programs, under the sponsorship of UPADI.
This seminar was attended by CEAB members.
Assist in the creation and promotion of national accreditation systems in five Latin American nations, thus providing the basis and expertise to create the accreditation systems for the engineering programs in all Latin American countries.
Each country followed its own path in their accreditation processes.
Only Costa Rica maintained close liaison with CEAB.January 1994
The final document of this Workshop proved to be essential for all the subsequent versions of the accreditation criteria in Costa Rica.
In addition, in 1997 the CFIA approved the creation of the Accreditation Commission, in charge of establishing a specialized accreditation agency for engineering and architecture.November 1996
UCR’s Civil Engineering Program was deemed substantially equivalent to a CEAB accredited program in 1999.
Discussions in Canada during this time frame resulted in a commitment to assist Costa Rica with developing their own accreditation systemSeptember 1998
Universidad de Costa Rica
CFIA and SINAES (Costa Rican National Accreditation System) signed a joint cooperation agreement. SINAES was created in 1999 at the initiative of Costa Rican universities and was officially recognized in 2002.
An addendum to this agreement sets forth the two accreditation initiatives (CFIA-SINAES), and establishes the AAPIA (Accreditation Agency for the Engineering and Architecture Study Programs).
AAPIA is based on CEAB’s accreditation criteria and procedures for Engineering study programs and these, in turn, are complemented with additional national criteria.In Costa Rica
The first evaluation visit shall take place in September.
The work started in 1993 is coming to fruition!2008
The participation of the CEAB members is anticipated during the first evaluation visit of AAPIA-SINAES.
Intent to negotiate a mutual recognition agreement, once the Costa Rican accreditation model has been fully implemented.Future Plans