Expat engineers now need to clear a test before entering Saudi Arabia

January 18, 2021

Saudi Gazette report

RIYADH — Saudi Arabia has decided to hold a professional test for non-Saudi engineers who seek to come to the Kingdom on new job visas.

Senior officials of the Education and Training Evaluation Commission and the Saudi Council of Engineers (SCE) have discussed modalities to hold the professional test for non-Saudi engineers.

The move is in line with the directive of Acting Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs Majed Al-Hoqail to SCE to hold professional tests for non-Saudi workers to ensure the quality of engineering works so as to safeguard the society.

The minister also stressed the need to evaluate the academic qualifications and practical experiences of expatriate engineers working in the Kingdom.

The commission stated that new engineers will need to clear a test before entering Saudi Arabia. The test will be conducted in cooperation with the commission's strategic global partner, Pearson VUE.

Pearson VUE offers innovative computer-based testing solutions through secure and electronic test delivery and provides licensure and certification.

It is noteworthy that the commission and SCE signed a memorandum of cooperation last year aimed at building national professional standards for engineering professions formulated by the SCE.

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