Saudi employs Dubai firm to catch fake engineers

Council of Engineers hires company to verify degree certificates

There are 152,000 accredited engineers at The Saudi Council of Engineers (SCE).
There are 152,000 accredited engineers at The Saudi Council of Engineers (SCE).

The Saudi Council of Engineers (SCE) has hired a Dubai-based company to help catch fake engineers.

Professor Ibrahim Al-Hammad, a member of the board of directors of the SCE, told Arab News that the Dubai company checks the validity of degree certificates.

Some 1,365 fake certificates among engineers employed in Saudi Arabia have been detected during the past six months, Al-Hammad said, adding that some of those disingenuously posing as engineers were Saudi nationals.

“We have plans to refer these forged cases to the Ministry of Interior for necessary action according to local laws,” Al-Hammad said.

The SCE is coordinating with the Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution (BIPP) on ongoing measures against those who have forged certificates. It also linked through an e-system with the Ministry of Interior to deal with expatriate engineers who carry a forged document, he said.

While the number of Saudi engineers is nearing 35,000, only 7,610 have registered with the council so far.

“This situation will soon come to an end with the adoption of a new ‘practice of profession’ code and, upon approval, no Saudi or non-Saudi engineer will be allowed to practice the profession unless he or she gets an SCE card,” Ghazi Al-Abbasi, secretary of SCE, told a local daily recently.

There are around 152,000 approved (accredited) engineers at SCE, he said, adding that the number of engineering offices registered with the SCE has now reached 2,768.

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