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An Agreement towards the Statutory Registration of Registered Professional Engineer (RPE)

The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE) and the Hong Kong Computer Society (HKCS) have entered into an agreement today to exchange information on their individual procedures, policies, criteria and requirements for granting Membership and have agreed that Corporate Member of HKIE (Information Discipline) and Full Member of Hong Kong Computer Society are substantially equivalent. By this agreement, the HKIE and the HKCS establish the reciprocal requirements of recognition for MHKIE (INF) and MHKCS to be accorded corresponding Membership status. Each organisation will encourage joint membership.

“Today (27 May 2005) is a milestone of the HKIE and HKCS,” expresses Ir James Kwan, President of HKIE, “the reciprocal recognition of membership enhances the members’ professional status of both establishments. It is also of the long term benefit for their career pursuit in the IT community.”

“The reciprocal recognition of membership is one of our dedications in adding value to our members.” adds Mr Sunny Lee, President of HKCS “This is, moreover, a great step forward to the consolidation of professional status of Hong Kong IT professionals, and paves the way for our full members to apply for registration as a Registered Professional Engineer (RPE), a recognised statutory registration in Hong Kong.”

In order to qualify for reciprocal recognition under this Agreement, each Organisation requires Members/Full Members to possess all of the following professional formation:

1. An engineering/computing degree in a relevant subject accredited/recognised by the HKIE and the HKCS.

2. One of the following experience formation in Information and Communication Technologies/Information System (ICT/IS) work:

  • A minimum of 8 years post graduation experience for applicants who had been Member/Full Member of the respective Organisations for less than 2 years, or
  • A minimum of 6 years post graduation experience for applicants who had been Members/Full Members of the respective Organisations for not less than 2 years, or
  • A minimum of 4 years post graduation experience for applicants who had been Members/Full Members of the respective Organisations for not less than 4 year

3. A period of responsible experience in ICT/IS work for not less than 2 years.

The first phase of application for the cross recognition of qualification for Full Members commences on 27 May 2005. Eligible members who wish to apply for such recognition please request an application form by sending a completed form of Expression of Interest (available above) to 2834-3003 by fax or by e-mail to membership@hkcs.org.hk.

Professional Development Committee of HKCS is now embarking on the second phase to work closely with HKIE to consider the Reciprocal Recognition of Qualification for our members who do not meet the stated qualifications in the current agreement. Members will be kept posted of the development of the forthcoming discussion with HKIE.