The Engineers Registration Board was established under the Engineers Registration Act as a statutory body with a mission to regulate and control engineers and their profession
With over 200,000 graduate engineers, Uganda has only 1,200 registered engineers, a registration body has revealed.
Engineers Registration Board (ERB) registrar, Ronald Namugera, said efforts are underway to ensure that all engineers comply with registration requirements.
“We want to reduce the number of unregistered engineers and also have qualified engineers comply with a registration requirement,” Namugera said.
Namugera said unregistered engineers will be tracked when companies that employ them bid for government contracts as Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Act requires and through impromptu site inspections.
Namugera said unregistered engineers will also be traced at recruitment. He said the intention is to reduce the number of unscrupulous people who claim to be engineers and bring the profession into disrepute when buildings collapse and kill people.
He was speaking at a joint press conference following the signing of a tripartite memorandum of understanding between the National Council of Higher Education (NCHE) with ERB and Uganda Institute of Professional Engineers.
The two will work closely with the NCHE in the accreditation of engineering programs at Universities and other higher institutions of learning.
The Engineers Registration Board (ERB) was established under the Engineers Registration Act as a statutory body with a mission to regulate and control engineers and their profession within Uganda.
The board regulates and control engineers and their activities within Uganda and advise the government on the engineering industry.
A person who becomes a member is required to submit a technical report and career report plus attending a board interview in addition to filling in a form and attaching copies of certificates for the board’s processing of the documentation.
Such an engineer should have pursued a 4-year course and worked under the supervision of a senior registered engineer for a period of not less than two years.
NCHE acting executive director, Pamela Kalyegira, said some universities were offering engineering courses without accreditation.
“Those students pursuing engineering course in universities that were not accredited to offer such a course are in danger. When they graduate, their degrees will not be recognized and they cannot use such a degree for further studies,” Kalyegira cautioned.
Without naming any university and the number of affected graduates, Kalyegira said such institutions face revocation of license or suspension of the course or a fine as the law stipulates.
“Those who went to universities without unaccredited engineering courses, their degrees are not recognised and cannot be registered to practice engineering in Uganda,” she said.
She advised students to crosscheck with NCHE whether a course they want to pursue from a particular university is accredited. Such information is readily available on their website, she added.