Japan’s Professional Engineer qualification is a national qualification system under the authority of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology that aims to produce excellent engineers who possess specialist technical knowledge, advanced application capabilities, a wealth of practical experience, and a high level of engineering ethics, and who work in the public interest.
A Professional Engineer is defined as a person engaged in planning, research, design, analysis, testing, evaluation, and training for such activities in areas that require advanced application skills concerning science and technology. Under the Professional Engineer Act, Professional Engineers are obliged to refrain from taking any action that results in a breach of trust, to maintain confidentiality, to work in the public interest, to correctly display their qualification when using the title Professional Engineer , and to improve their qualities. In other words, Professional Engineers are expected to have a high level of ethics and be committed to continually improving their qualities. The minimum knowledge and skills that Professional Engineers must possess in the areas of specialist knowledge, problem solving, communication, leadership, and engineers’ ethics are assessed through examinations, and assessments regarding problem solving, management, and evaluation are carried out on an outcome basis. Professional Engineers who possess such knowledge and skills are currently engaged in 21 technical disciplines concerning science and technology that are relevant to industry, the economy, and social life, and undertake all aspects of work, including planning, research, design, analysis, testing, evaluation, and training, in areas that require advanced specialist application skills, ranging from advanced activities to activities in everyday life.
The Institution of Professional Engineers, Japan (IPEJ) is the only public interest incorporated foundation in Japan whose aim is to promote and raise awareness of the Professional Engineer qualification as set out in the Professional Engineer Act. As a public-interest corporation, the IPEJ plays a central role in work relating to the CPD (continuing professional development) of Professional Engineers, and systematically promotes the use of Professional Engineers mainly to the public sector, local government, and overseas business-related organizations. IPEJ has also been commissioned by the national government to run the Professional Engineer Examination and to perform the registration of Professional Engineers and Assistant Professional Engineers.
IPEJ is an official member of the IEA, and participates as a member of the APEC Agreement and the IPEA Agreement.
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