HomeMapping Your Path: Technician Accreditation and Registration in Saudi Arabia

In Saudi Arabia, the registration of technicians is governed by a series of regulations established by the Saudi Council of Engineers (SCE). It is imperative for technicians to know about SCE and become registered members, as this ensures compliance with governmental requirements and maintains adherence to professional standards.

Getting to Know the SCE

The Saudi Council of Engineers (SCE) is a regulatory body established under Royal Decree 36/M, tasked with overseeing engineering practices in Saudi Arabia. Its primary objective is to uphold professional standards, assess qualifications, and promote continuous development within the engineering sector.

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SCE Membership for Technicians

Technicians holding diploma certificates are eligible for SCE membership, with options for one, two, or three-year memberships. The registration process involves payment of a one-time processing fee along with yearly membership fees.

Certain professions listed on Residence Permits (Iqama) are associated with the Saudi Council of Engineers (SCE) and necessitate registration with the SCE for renewal.

  • Building Surveyor
  • Road surveyor
  • Surveyor
  • Architectural Draughtsman
  • General Surveyor
  • Mine surveyor
  • Photographic surveyor
  • Architectural Model Maker
  • Construction Draughtsman / Buildings
  • Structural Draughtsman / Roads
  • General Draughtsman
  • Draughtsman
  • Cartographer
  • Building Technician /Building Supervisor
  • Road Technician /Road Supervisor
  • Quantity Surveyor
  • Soil Mechanics Laboratory Technician
  • Structural Materials Lab Technician
  • Associate Surveyor
  • Digital mapping technician
  • Digital aerial survey Technician
  • Surveyor and Field Investigator
  • Digital Aerial Scanning Equipment Operator
  • Cartography First Supervisor
  • Marine mapping technician
  • Quantity Surveyor
  • Electrical Draftsman
  • Mechanical Draftsman
  • Electrical Designs draftsman
  • Power plants – installation Technician
  • Power plants – O&M technician
  • Power plants switching – installation Technician
  • Power plants – switching O&M technician
  • Electrical technician – aerial lines
  • Electrical technician – land cables
  • Customer Services Electrical Technician
  • Electrical technician – wiring
  • Electrical technician – equipment Maintenance
  • Electrical technician – precision equipment
  • Electrical Engineering Technician – General
  • Electronics Technician
  • Telecommunications Technician – General
  • Desalination Fire Alarm Technician
  • Electrical Technician – Generators & aircraft Motors
  • Electronic Technician – Communications
  • Medical Equipment Technician
  • Electronic Technician – TV Maintenance
  • Electronic Technician – Control Equipment
  • Electricity technician
  • Electronic Draftsman
  • Electronic Technician – Radio broadcast
  • Electronic Technician – TV broadcast
  • Computer Technician
  • Communications Engineering Technician
  • Mobile Telephone Technician
  • Telephone Technician
  • General System Analyst
  • Operations Analyst
  • Computer Programmer
  • Computer Networks Security Supervisor
  • Data Bank Systems Programmer
  • Database Supervisor
  • Computer Trainer
  • Business Analysis Specialist
  • Database Administrator
  • Systems Operation Specialist
  • Technical Services Specialist
  • Technical Support Specialist
  • Software Development Specialist
  • Information Security Specialist
  • Software Engineering Specialist
  • Computer Operator
  • Computer Network Technician
  • Support Technician
  • General Mechanical Draftsman
  • Mechanical Draftsman – Plumbing and heating
  • Mechanical Draftsman – Air Conditioning & Cooling
  • Mechanical Draftsman- Welding & Tinplate
  • Mechanical Engineering Technician -General
  • Mechanical Production Technician
  • Welding Technician
  • Welding Tester
  • Casting Technician
  • Mold Technician
  • Heat Exchanger Technician
  • Plumbing & Heating Technician – Installation
  • Plumbing & Heating Technician – Operation & Maintenance
  • Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Technician
  • HVAC Technician
  • Mechanical Engineering & Steam Engine Technician
  • Light Vehicle Maintenance Technician
  • Bus and Truck Maintenance Technician
  • Road Machinery Maintenance Technician
  • Agricultural Machinery Maintenance Technician
  • Engine Lathing Technician
  • Helicopter Maintenance Technician
  • Aviation Technician
  • Aircraft Maintenance Technician
  • Ship Engine Maintenance Technician
  • Locomotive Maintenance Technician
  • Fluid Technician
  • Steam Turbine Technician -Operation
  • Steam Turbine Technician – Maintenance
  • Gas Turbine Technician
  • General Maintenance Technician
  • Production Engineering Technician
  • Time and Movement Technician
  • Cathodic Protection Technician
  • Swimming Pool Maintenance Technician
  • General Chemistry Laboratory Technician
  • Crude Oil Laboratory Technician
  • Water Laboratory Technician
  • Food Lab Technician
  • General Chemical Technician
  • Chemical Refining Technician
  • Chemical Cleaning Technician
  • Food Industries Technician
  • Paint Industries Technician
  • Mining Technician
  • Metallurgy Technician
  • Oil Technician
  • Drilling Technician
  • Natural Minerals Technician
  • Metal Ovens Technician
  • Factory Planning Draftsman
  • Industrial Equipment Installation Technician
  • Security & Safety Technician
  • Occupational Health Technician
  • Fire Fighting Technician
  • Water Networks Technician
  • Network Sewer Technician
  • Sewage Treatment Plant Technician
  • Water & Sewage Technician
  • Sound Technician
  • Lighting Technician
  • Decoration Technician

Registration Steps

For Diploma Holders:

  • Upload attested diploma and other required documents to the SCE profile.
  • Obtain and fill out the Authorization Letter from the SCE website.
  • Provide an introduction letter from the current employer, attested by the Chamber of Commerce.
  • Submit copies of Iqama/Entry visa page in the passport, passport copy, and personal photograph.

For Non-Diploma Holders:

  • Obtain and fill out the Authorization Letter from the SCE website.
  • Provide an introduction letter from the current employer, attested by the Chamber of Commerce.
  • Submit copies of Iqama/Entry visa page in the passport, passport copy, and personal photograph.

All documents are subject to verification by the issuing agency

Professional Examination

The Saudi Council of Engineers (SCE) offers two recognized professional exams:

American Professional Exams in Collaboration with NCEES:

Available Exams:

  • Fundamental of Engineering (FE)
  • Fundamental of Surveying (FS)
  • Principal and Practice of Engineering (PE)
  • Principal and Practice of Surveying (PS)

Exam Details:

  • The FE, FS, PS exams are available online throughout the year at test centres in Dammam and Riyadh.
  • Candidates must meet NCEES requirements.

Requirements for FE-FS Exam Attendance:

  • Valid SCE membership
  • Valid ID
  • Payment of exam fees and choose discipline.

Steps for NCEES Exam Application:

  • Apply for the exam on the SCE website
  • Pay the SCE and NCEES bills.
  • Register on the [NCEES website]
  • Notify SCE.
  • Await application review and exam result.

Resources: 

Exam-related details:  NCEES FE Exam.

For preparation materials:  NCEES Exam Preparation Materials.

Requirements for PE-PS Exam Attendance and NCEES Exam:

  • Membership with SCE: Valid SCE membership required.
  • Identification: Valid ID is necessary.
  • Prerequisite Exam: Must pass the FE exam first.
  • Experience: Minimum 4 years of practical experience in the same discipline post-graduation.

Application Process:

  • Apply through the SCE website.
  • A bill will be issued upon validation.
  • Payment via Sadad service.
  • Notify NCEES with reference number.
  • SCE will review and approve the application.

Resources:

SCE Exam in Collaboration with QIYAS:

Available Exams:

  • Fundamental of Engineering (FE)
  • Fundamental of Architecture (FA)

Exam Details:

  • Comprehensive assessment of fundamental knowledge and skills.
  • Conducted in English language.

Requirements for FE Exam Attendance:

  • Valid SCE membership
  • Valid ID
  • Successful completion of FE exam
  • Minimum 4 years of practical experience in the same discipline after graduation

Steps for Exam Application:

  • Apply on the SCE website.
  • Pay the exam fees.
  • Notify SCE upon bill payment.
  • Await application review and exam approval.

Ensure timely attendance and preparation by referring to provided exam-related resources and guidelines.

Fundamental of Engineering (FE) Exam Overview:

Purpose:

  • Measures efficiency and basic engineering knowledge for aspiring Associate Engineers, fresh graduates, and engineering professionals.

Format:

  • Two-part exam:
  • General Engineering Exam: Covers various engineering topics such as analytical skills, communication, mathematics, etc.
    • 90 questions
    • 3-hour duration
    • Topics include:
      • Analytical skills and critical thinking
      • Recognizing major technology changes within and outside the discipline
      • Communication skills
      • Multidisciplinary teamwork skills
      • Time management skills
      • Continuous improvement skills
      • Understanding sustainability and its impacts
      • Mathematics
      • Probability and Statistics
      • Computer Literacy
      • Statics and Dynamics
      • Chemistry
      • Thermodynamics
      • Fluid Mechanics
      • Materials Science and Engineering
      • Electricity and Magnetism
      • Engineering Drawing
      • Engineering Economics
      • Project Management
      • Ethics
      • General skills
    • Engineering Discipline Exam: Focuses on core areas of specific engineering disciplines.
    • 50 questions per discipline
    • 3-hour duration

Disciplines Covered in Part Two:

  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Other engineering disciplines

Architectural Engineering (FA) Exam Overview:

Purpose:

  • Assesses fundamental knowledge and skills required for architects.

Format:

  • Comprehensive exam covering various topics including humanities, sustainability, architectural design, etc.
  • 100 questions
  • 3-hour duration
  • Topics include:
  • Humanities
  • Sustainability
  • Social Responsibility
  • Self and Continuous Learning
  • Building Systems
  • Fine Arts
  • Advanced Building Technologies
  • General skills
  • Architectural Design
  • Policies And Regulations
  • Architectural Programming
  • History and Theory
  • Structures And Construction
  • Urban Design and Planning
  • Professional Practice
  • Project Management

Passing Requirement:

  • Passing this exam is necessary to obtain the degree of Associate Architect from the Saudi Council of Engineers.

Requirements for FE-FS Exam plus the NCEES Attendance:

  • Valid membership with the Saudi Council of Engineers (SCE)
  • Valid ID

Professional Accreditation:

  • All engineers practicing in the Kingdom must be registered as per Article 27 of the by              law.
  • Allows engineers to manage personal profiles independently.
  • Facilitates self-services like renewal applications and promotions through the e-services portal.

Objectives of Professional Registration:

  • Assess academic qualifications and practical experiences.
  • Maintain continuous professional development.
  • Apply best professional practices for societal well-being.
  • Create a registry of validated engineers.

Professional Registration Requirements:

  • Obtain necessary scientific qualifications in engineering disciplines.
  • Sign Authorization and Agreement.
  • Provide required documents (ID, passport, academic record).
  • Pay membership fees.
  • Registration requires at least five years of experience unless Saudi or Bedoon.

Renewal of Professional Registration:

  • Apply for e-renewal via the Council’s e-portal.

Professional Grading Requirements:

  • Associate Engineer: Requires a minimum of four years of certified professional experience.
  • Professional Engineer: Requires a minimum of eight years of certified professional experience.
  • Consultant Engineer: Requires a minimum of sixteen years of certified professional experience.

Memberships:

  • Full Membership:
    • Exclusive to Saudi nationals.
    • Valid for 3 years
    • Grade: “Engineer”.
  • Expat Engineer with Engineering Profession:
    • For non-Saudi engineers with “Engineer” visa status.
    • Valid for 3 years
    • Grade: “Engineer”.
  • Expat Engineer with Non-Engineering Profession:
    • For non-Saudi engineers with non-engineering visa status.
    • Valid for 3 years
    • Grade: “Engineer”.
  • Non-Resident Foreign Engineer:
    • For non-Saudi engineers without residence status in Saudi Arabia.
    • Valid for 3 years
    • Grade: “Engineer”.
  • Student Membership:
    • Free for students pursuing engineering education.
    • Valid for 1 year, renewable.
  • Technician Membership:
    • For those with engineering qualifications below a bachelor’s degree.
    • Valid for 1, 2, or 3 years.
  • Interested in Engineering:
    • For non-engineering certificate holders active in engineering.

Membership Card and Certificate:

  • Issued post academic credentials verification.
  • Collection from SCE offices or courier delivery via SCE e-portal.

Profession Change:

  • Engineering to non-engineering:
    • Apply through Labor Office post SCE acceptance.
  • Non-Engineering to Engineering:
    • Apply through Labor Office post SCE membership.

Passport Update:

  • Update status via SCE portal post Iqama renew

Membership categories.

Initiate your journey towards professional accreditation with the Saudi Council of Engineers (SCE) by exploring the various membership categories tailored to your qualifications and aspirations.

Saudi engineers (basic membership)

  • submit application online
  • Application fee
  • Initial documentation verification
  • Membership fee
  • Certificate verification
  • application assessment
  • Basic

Non-Saudi engineers abroad

  • submit application online
  • Application fee
  • Initial documentation verification
  • Issue reference number (SCE)
  • Certificate verification
  • Eligibility test
  • Application assessment
  • Membership fees
  • Affiliate membership

Non-Saudi engineers in KSA

  • submit application online
  • Application fee
  • Initial documentation verification
  • Membership fee
  • Issue of reference number
  • Certificate verification
  • Eligibility test
  • Application assessment
  • Membership fees
  • Affiliate membership

Engineering student membership

  • submit application online
  • Initial documentation verification
  • Student membership

Technicians Membership

  • submit application online
  • Application fee
  • Initial documentation verification
  • Membership fee
  • Certificate verification
  • Application assessment
  • Technician membership

The Saudi Council of Engineers (SCE) requires technicians to register in accordance with strict requirements designed to maintain professional standards and guarantee adherence to state legislation. A systematic path for career promotion and ongoing professional development is made available to technicians through SCE membership. Technicians can effectively contribute to the Saudi Arabian engineering sector by investigating the various membership categories and pursuing professional accreditation by following the prescribed registration requirements.