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The Institution of Professional Engineers, Japan (IPEJ)
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4 Professional Engineer
4 Administration of IPEJ
5 Brief History of P.E.Jp
6 Administrative Structure for PE Examination & Registration
7 The Paths to P.E.Jp
8 Statistics on number of applicants and successful applicants
9 Technical Disciplines and Subjects for the Second Step Examination
of the PE Examination
11 Distribution of Registration in Technical Disciplines
11 Work places of P.E.Jp
12 Range of PE’s activities
13 Obligation of P.E.Jp
14 Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
15 Declaration as Profession
16 Code of Ethics of Professional Engineers
17 The Role of IPEJ
18 Activities of IPEJ
20 International Relations
21 Engineer’s Mobility
24 Regional Chapters and Headquarters
Professional Engineer Japan (P.E. Jp) is the national qualification stipulated by the Professional
A Professional Engineer is defined as an engineer engaged in the professional practice (except for
cases where such practice is prohibited under other laws) of rendering services for science and
technology in planning, research, design, analysis, testing, evaluation, and training in such work, which
requires application of extensive scientific and technical expertise.
The Enforcement Regulation of the Professional Engineer Law specifies 21 technical disciplines, in each
of which a Professional Engineers is qualified.
Administration of IPEJ
・The Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), as the
jurisdiction, administers the Professional Engineer systems in accordance with the
PE Law (Law No.25/1983).
・The institution of Professional Engineers, Japan(lPEJ), a non- profit institution, manages Exanimation
and Registration of the Professional Engineers as the organization designated by the MEXT.
Brief History of P.E.Jp
"The Gijutsushikai" (Japan Consulting Engineer Association, JCEA, IPEJ’s previous English
abbreviation) was founded to promote establishment of professional engineers framework in
Enforcement of the PE Law - "Gijyutsushi Law" (Law No.124/1957)
The first PE law was established in May 1957, and the Gijutsushikai was authorized under the
The first examination of PE was carried out.
"The Gijutsushikai" (Japan Consulting Engineer Association, JCEA) was authorized under the
PE Law .
Amendment of the PE Law (Law No. 25/1983)
"The Gijutsushikai" was designated based on the Law as the Examination and Registration
Organization, which conducts clerical work with respect to the implementation of the Professional
Engineer Examination and to the registration of P.E.Jp..
Amendment of the PE Law (Law No. 48/2000)
Implementation of APEC Engineer assessment and registration
The English name of the Gijutsushikai was changed to “The Institution of Professional Engineers,
Japan ( IPEJ )” after amendment of the Law in April 2000.
APEC Engineer assessment and registration expanded to all Technical Disciplines and Optional
IPEJ’s new logo was launched.
Administrative structure for PE Examination & Registration
The Paths to P.E.Jp
* Accredited programs
The programs accredited by the Japan Accreditation Board for Engineering Education (JABEE).
The MEXT notifies those accredited programs through official gazette
Statistics on number of applicants and successful applicants
Successful Applicants (C)
30,000 30 %
2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
Behind the figures shown, there is an increasing demand for Professional Engineers' services in Japan.
The Second Step Examination (written) for Professional Engineer is held in August every year.
The applicants who have passed the written examination are required to take the oral examination which
is held in December of the same year.
The First Step Examination, which is the written examination for the Associate Professional Engineer is
held in October every year.
Technical Disciplines and Subjects
for the Second Step Examination of the PE Examination
Technical Discipline Optional Subject
Mechanical Design Engineering
Strength of Materials
Mechanical Dynamics & Control
1 Mechanical Thermal Engineering
Engineering Fluid Engineering
Processing, Factory Automation & Industrial Machinery
Traffic, Logistics Machinery & Construction Machinery
Information Precision Equipment
2 Marine & Ocean Ocean Development
3 Aerospace Aerospace Navigation
Generation, Transmission, Distribution & Substation
4 Electrical & Electric Application
Electronics Electronics Application
Engineering Information & Communication
Ceramics & Inorganic Chemical Products
Organic Chemical Products
5 Chemistry Fuel & Lubricating Oil
Fiber spinning & Textured yarns
Yarn spinning & Fabric Manufacturing
Dyeing & Finishing
Sewing, Manufacturing & Evaluation of Textile Products
Iron & Steel Manufacturing System
Nonferrous Metals Manufacturing System
7 Metals Metallic Materials
Development and Production of Solid Resources
8 Mining Development and Production of Liquid Resources
Resources Recycling and Environmental Conservation
Soil Quality & Foundation
Steel Structure & Concrete
Urban & Rural Planning
River, Erosion Control & Seashore, Ocean
Harbor & Airport
9 Civil Engineering Construction for Electricity
Construction Planning, Construction Equipments & Integration
Water & Industrial Water Supply
10 Water Supply &
Air Quality Control
Water Quality Control
Irrigation, Drainage & Reclamation
12 Agriculture Agriculture & Sericulture
Rural Regional Planning
Forest Civil Engineering
Fisheries & Nurseries
Fisheries Civil Engineering
Fishery Area Environment
16 Information Software Engineering
Engineering Information System & Data Engineering
Information Network Engineering
Physics & Chemistry
17 Applied Science Geophysics & Geochemistry
Cell and Genetic Engineering
18 Biotechnology Biochemical Engineering
Environmental Conservation Planning
Environmental Impact Assessment
Design & Construction of Nuclear Power System
Operation & Maintenance of Nuclear Power System
20 Nuclear &
Nuclear Fuel Cycle
Technical Optional subjects covering the above 20 disciplinary subjects
Distribution of Registration in Technical Disciplines
2% 78,439 46%
5% 5% 5% 6%
Civil Engineering Water Supply & Sewerage
Electrical & Electronics Engineering Mechanical Engineering
Agriculture Applied Science
Environmental Engineering Information Engineering
Industrial Engineering Chemistry
Metals Comprehensive Technical Management
Data: As of March 2009
Work places of P.E. Jp
1. Gov. office
2. Local gov.
4. Independent admin. Institution
5. Public org.
6. Private Company
7. Construction consultant company
8. Independent consultant
10. Total number of registrants (persons)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Data: As of March 2009
Range of PE's activities (Example)
Research on technical fields under P.E.Jp’s technical disciplines
-Advanced Material Application
-Advanced Production Lines
-Advanced Electric Circuits
-Potential of Earthquake-proof, Fire-proof
-New Product Development
-Production and Assembly Line Improvement
Obligations of P.E.Jp provided by the P.E.Law
PEs are prohibited to cause Loss of Confidence
Any professional engineer or associate professional engineer shall avoid conduct that discredits
professional engineers or associate professional engineers individually, or professional engineers
and associate professional engineers as a whole. (Article 44,PE Law)
PEs are obliged to observe confidentiality
Any professional engineer or associate professional engineer shall not divulge or misappropriate
without justifiable grounds the confidential information that came to his/her knowledge with their
business. The same shall also apply after he/she has been relieved of professional engineer or
associate professional engineer status. (Article 45,PE Law)
PEs are responsible for public interest
Any professional engineer or associate professional engineer shall avoid conduct that discredit
professional engineers or associate professional engineers not only individually but also as a
whole. (Article 45-2 ,PE Law)
PEs’ obligation when indicating title of professional engineer
When a professional engineer indicates the name of a professional engineer with regard to
his/her business, he/she shall clearly indicate the technical discipline in which he/she obtained
registration, and shall not indicate any name in which he/she has not obtained registration.
(Article 46 ,PE Law)
PEs are responsible for improving their professional competence
Professional engineers shall at all times endeavor to improve their level of knowledge and skill
with regard to his/her business, and endeavor to do self-improvement. (Article 47-2 PE Law)
Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
Requirement of CPD
An act to amend part of the Professional Engineer Law was promulgated on April 26, 2000.
The Professional Engineer Law of the latest amendments clearly stipulates that every professional
engineer shall have sufficient knowledge of the professional ethics and shall continue, after the
acquisition of the qualification of professional engineer, professional development as one of his or her
obligations so as to improve the competence of the professional engineer.
In response to the amendment, the Institution of Professional Engineers,Japan implemented CPD and
defined the purpose of CPD as follows :
Every professional engineer shall continue his or her professional development with an emphasis being
place on the following points:
- Awareness of engineering ethics
- Contribution to advance in science and technology
- Adaptation to changes in social environments
- Improvement of ability of judgement as professional engineer
Expected CPD hours
It is desirable for each professional engineer to carry out CPD programs 50 hours/annually, 150 hours
within three years (in case of APEC engineer, 250 hours within 5five years). (CPD hours are obtainable
by multiplying the number of hours actually spent for CPD by a weight factor).
Types of CPD programs for Professional Engineers
Many types of CPD programs are conceivable, and every professional engineer should voluntarily
choose the programs most suitable to the engineer's CPD and work on the chosen programs. However,
in the case of choosing any CPD programs, it is desirable for each professional engineer to select such
CPD programs, each of which can be, as much as possible, recognized as a CPD achievement by any
third party. From this viewpoint, the following items will be included in CPD programs.
Declaration of Professional Engineers
Declaration of Professional Engineers
We, P.E.Jp, as the professionals endorsed by the national qualification, do individually
observe the principles of conduct (mentioned bellow). And also, we, being members of the
Institution of Professional Engineers Japan, mutually cooperate to maintain and upgrade
our own competency and to follow the autonomous rule set by ourselves. We declare thus
to gain the trust of the society and to contribute to sound industrial development and to the
Principles of conduct
1. Responsibility to maintaining professional competence:
Professional Engineers shall maintain knowledge and ability required as high-grade
experts of technology and to follow the progress of technology.
2. Responsibility to the client:
Professional Engineers shall faithfully perform services to fulfill the client’s requirements
on quality and others, observing confidentiality obligation.
3. Responsibility to the society:
Professional Engineers shall take into consideration impacts on society and environment
caused by their works and cope with them appropriately not to harm the public interest
such as safety and welfare.
January 1, 2007
Code of Ethics of Professional Engineers
Professional Engineers are expected to hold paramount the safety, health and welfare of the public; to
recognize their roles, social status and professional obligations; to strive continuously to acquire and maintain
professional competence; to intend always to be impartial, fair and just in making their decisions; and to have
self-confidence as selected professionals; then, professional Engineers shall conduct in compliance with this
1. Professional Engineers shall always behave with dignity and perform works with a strong sense of
2. Professional Engineers shall continuously strive to improve their professional competence, and conduct
according to engineering conscience. Professional Engineers also shall not undertake any services beyond
an area of their competence or any services in which the Professional Engineer lacks confidence.
3. Professional Engineers shall strictly be impartial, fair and just, in performing their service.
4. Professional Engineers shall not accept, except compensation for their services, an unreasonable
commission, gift or otherwise from the third interested party.
5. Professional Engineers, before undertaking work for others, should enter into a positive agreement clearly
disclosing their circumstance and the scope of the work, and make efforts to avoid any conflicts between the
parties in performing their services.
6. Professional Engineers shall always intend to defend the interests pertaining to their services, and shall not
reveal or abuse information that the Professional Engineer has gained through the services.
Fair and Free Competition
7. Professional Engineers shall make effort to maintain a free and fair competition.
8. Professional Engineers themselves shall have a relationship of mutual trust; one Professional Engineer
shall respect the situation of the other and not to harm the reputation of or disturb the work of the other.
Restrictions on Advertising
9. Professional Engineers shall not make representation of matters beyond their professional qualification nor
make an exaggerated advertising.
Cooperation with Other Professionals
10. Professional Engineers should make effort to cooperate with professionals of other areas or special
engineers, if advantageous to their services.
(Adopted: March 14, 1961)
(Revised: March 9, 1999)
The Role of IPEJ
The IPEJ is designated by the Ministry of the Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology as the
only one organization which can conduct the examination works with respect to implementation of the
professional engineer examinations and registration works of professional engineer and associated
(Articles 11 and 40, PE Law)
In the light of the mission and duty of a Professional Engineer, the purpose of the IPEJ is to nationally
perform works relating to train professional engineers, give guidance and liaise with members in
order to contribute to the maintenance of the dignity of the Professional Engineers and to the progress
and improvement of the practice thereof and eventually contribute to the improvement of science and
technology and to the development of the national economy and cooperation with the foreign countries.
(Article 2, IPEJ Articles, and Articles 1 and 55, the PE Law)
Activities of IPEJ
Activities of IPEJ
Activities of IPEJ cover following fields :
-To develop and maintain relations with public and government
-Cooperation and Information exchange among the members
-Support to Continuing Professional Development of P.E.Jp
-Development and promortion of PE's business.
-IPEJ, nominated by the minister of MEXT in accordance with MEXT ordinance under PE
Law, carries out examinations and registration of P.E.Jp.
Councilors & Advisors President Secretariat
Vice President - General Affairs Dept
Managing Director - Operations Dept
Standing director - PE Exam Center
PE Exam & Registration
PE Exam Administration
- Standing Committees Code of Ethics Executive Committees
Administration - CPD
Corporate Planning - Associate PE Support
- Young Engineers
Publicity - PE and SME exchange
Business Development --------------- - PE Business Placement
Social Contribution----------------------- Disaster Prevention
- Promotion of Science and
- Ad-hoc Committee Strategic Public Relations Technology Basic Plan
- Individual Committees International Relations------------------ Japan-Korea PE Symposium
APEC Engineer Assessment - Overseas Activities Assistance
EMF Engineer Assessment
EMF Engineer Monitoring
- Regional Chapters Hokkaido
Chugoku / Shikoku
- Technical Discipline Groups Mechanical
Marine, Ocean & Aerospace
Electrical & Electronics
Water Supply & Swage
Nuclear & Radiation IPEJ Headquarters / Secretariat
(as of July 2009)
IPEJ’ s experienced engineers visit various countries and help local people in the areas of transfer of
technology, technical guidance, etc. covering various technological fields such as machinery, electricity,
communication, construction, agriculture, information, management, and so on, and make contributions
to the people, businesses, educational organizations, and so on. To meet diversified demands from all
over the world for technical collaboration and support by professional engineers, we try to satisfy the
needs expected of us by sending qualified engineers recognized under the law of Japan with knowledge,
experience, creativity, capability in application and high ethical standards. Especially, IPEJ and
Chinese authorities such as SAFEA (State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs) and other local
governments and universities signed agreements for cooperation.
Visited SAFEA, 2009 July, Beijing, China Japan-Korea PE Symposium 2008 in Niigata, Japan
IPEJ support international exchange activities, such as international symposium, in partnership with
KPEA (The Korean Professional Engineers Association), Engineers Australia and other institutions.
IPEJ is a member of IEA (International Engineering Alliance) as well as FEIAP (The Federation of
Engineering Institutions of Southeast Asia and the Pacific) and we actively support their activities.
IEM2009 Kyoto, Japan FEIAP 2008GA in Honoi, Vietnam
APEC Engineer Project:
Ministers at the APEC Osaka Summit held in November 1995 had a resolution that
technology transfer is essential to enhance the economic growth of the APEC
region, for the international mobility of engineers is indispensable.
This led to the establishment of the APEC Engineer Project in the Human Resources Development
Working Group of APEC (APEC HRD Working Group), and the launch of studies on how to mutually
recognize engineering qualifications.
November 1, 2000, The APEC Engineer requirements were crystallized and publicly announced in the
form of the APEC Engineer Manual. This was followed by the commencement of assessment and
registration of APEC Engineers in the seven recognized economies (Japan, Australia, Canada, Hong
Kong, South Korea, Malaysia and New Zealand).
October 2001, the number of the economies increased to 10, with the admission of Indonesia, the
Philippines and the US.
June 2003, Thailand was recognized as a member of the APEC Engineers. Singapore and Chinese
Taipei are the latest additions and currently total thirteen economies are authorized to operate APEC
Framework of APEC Engineer and Member Economies:
The framework of APEC Engineer consists of two parts. One is called Substantial Equivalence
Framework for assessment and registration of the Engineers by national independent authorized bodies.
And, the other one is Mutual Exemption Frameworks on bilateral and/or multilateral agreements by
national registration authorities. Substantial Equivalence Framework has reached agreement and seven
economies started their assessment and registration from date 1, November 2000.
To ensure consistency in application of the agreed criteria,
ultimate authority for conferring the title of APEC Engineer will
remain with the APEC Engineer Coordinating Committee to an
authorized Monitoring Committee in each participating economy.
The main role of the Coordinating Committee is to facilitate the
development and maintenance of authoritative and reliable
decentralized Registers of APEC Engineers, and to promote the IPEJ Delegates at APEC
acceptance of APEC Engineers in each participating economy as Committee meeting, 2007
Washington DC, USA
possessing general technical and professional competence that is
substantially equivalent to that of professional engineers in that economy.
The Monitoring Committee is established in each member economy, to develop and maintain a Register
of APEC Engineers in that economy, as an independent authorized body, and is able to certify the
qualifications and experience of individual professional engineers directly or by reverence to other
Each Monitoring Committee seeking
authorization to operate a Register prepares a
statement setting out the criteria and procedures
by which applicants for designation as APEC
Engineer within that economy are proposed for
the assessment. Each statement is reviewed by
the APEC Engineer Coordinating Committee in
accordance with its published Rules and
guidelines describes in the APEC Engineer
Manual (Blue Book, published by APEC Coordinating Committee in November 2000).
IPEJ is in charge of secretariat of the Japan APEC Engineer monitoring Committee.
Expectations for APEC Engineers
The APEC Engineer Register is a scheme for enabling competent engineers to work freely across
national borders, based o the APEC Engineer Project. If you register yourself as an APEC Engineer, it
will prove that your technical capabilities are sufficient to work overseas and provide great opportunities
to promote your Professional Engineer careers in other countries.
In October 2003, Japan and Australia mutually agreed to recognize professional qualifications in the
fields of APEC Engineer in three areas, namely, Mechanical, Electrical and Chemical.
It should also be noted that EMF. The Engineers Mobility Forum (EMF) is the result of an agreement
among the Washington Accord signatories to explore mutual recognition for experienced Engineers. The
Agreement was signed at Thornybush in South Africa on 25th June 2001. The EMF International
Register of Professional Engineers is intended to provide a framework for the recognition of experienced
professional engineers by responsible bodies in each of the Member organization’s economies. In
particular, such bodies will be encouraged to use the Register as a secure benchmark for arrangements,
which provide mutual recognition or exemption and/or streamline access by professional engineers to
licensing or registration in economies other than that in which they first gained recognition. Current Full
Members are : Australia, Canada, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong China, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea,
Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, United Kingdom, Untied States. IPEJ
started EMF Engineer registration from April 2008.
IPEJ publishes the IPEJ journal monthly and the IPEJ leaflet occasionally as required to enlighten PEs
with information on the Professional Engineer system, members’ activities and the latest technology.
IPEJ releases useful information for Professional Engineers CPD, such as the investigation report on
Professional Engineer qualification systems in enforcement abroad, the translation into Japanese of
“Engineering Ethics”, etc.
Through the website, IPEJ provides not only the member PEs but also the public with useful information.
The IPEJ will, in tie-up with the related technical associations, put in the website on lectures, seminars
and other programs which may help Professional Engineers to continue their professional development.
The challenge to a PE.JP Engineer’s Ethics Guidebook for Associate PEs
IPEJ Journal Engineering Ethics (Translation) CPD handout
Brochure introducing PE (For children)
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〒761-0121 Murecho Mure 1007-3 Takamatsu-shi, Kagawa,
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